See below a list of useful links with regards to UAV 3D mapping;

APM Planner

Mission Planner is a free, open-source, community-supported full-featured ground station application developed by Michael Oborne for the open-source APM autopilot project. Mission Planner is a ground control station for Plane, Copter and Rover and is used as a configuration utility or as a dynamic control supplement for your autonomous vehicle.

3D Robotics

3D Robotics is an American company that designs and manufactures commercial and recreational unmanned aerial vehicles. Specifically, it produces consumer drones, ready-to-fly quadcopters for aerial photography and mapping, and fixed wing UAVs based on the Ardupilot platform. It is the largest manufacturer of commercial drones in the United States.


Established in 1994, Walkera Technology Co., Ltd. (WALKERA) has developed into a professional Aero-Model manufacturer that unifies product research & development, production, marketing, and customer service. Focus on the research and sale of small, personal consumption aerial models, we also offer one-stop solution for agriculture, fire protection, the measurement of the land resources, and energy field etc.


Founded in 2011 after more than ten years of leading scientific research, Pix4D has become the main provider and industry standard for professional unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) processing software. Started as a spin-off of EPFL in Switzerland, Pix4D is a dynamic and rapidly expanding company with headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland and local offices in San Francisco, USA and Shanghai, China.

Recap 360  

Autodesk ReCap is a family software and services on the desktop and in the cloud to create intelligent 3D data from captured photos and laser scans in a streamlined workflow. Autodesk ReCap brings together laser scanning and photogrammetry into one streamlined process. In addition, it provides the visualization quality and scalability to handle extremely large data sets.

Drone Deploy 

DroneDeploy is on a mission to make drones accessible to industrial users who have a business need for conducting outdoor landscape mapping and monitoring. So, in other words, it wants drones to be put to work by people other than enthusiastic dorks with a gadget habit — doing tasks like helping farmers spot crop damage and disease. It’s doing this by making a software as a service platform that makes controlling and managing UAVs much easier than it otherwise is — via a simplified web app interface or iOS and Android mobile apps. The DroneDeploy platform autonomously pilots the drone for the user so they don’t have to learn how to do it themselves.

Agisoft Photoscan 

Agisoft PhotoScan is a professional tool for a photogrammetry pipeline. It is a stand-alone software product that performs photogrammetric processing of digital images and generates 3D spatial data to be used in GIS applications, cultural heritage documentation, and visual effects production as well as for indirect measurements of objects of various scales. The software is available in Standard and Pro versions, the standard version is sufficient for interactive media tasks, while the Pro version is designed for authoring GIS content.

Microsoft ICE  

Microsoft Image Composite Editor is an advanced panoramic image stitcher made by the Microsoft Research division of Microsoft Corporation. The application takes a set of overlapping photographs of a scene shot from a single camera location and creates a high-resolution panorama incorporating all the source images at full resolution. The stitched panorama can be saved in a wide variety of file formats, from common formats like JPEG and TIFF to multi-resolution tiled formats like HD View and Silverlight DeepZoom, as well as allowing multi-resolution upload to the Microsoft Photosynth site.


Banggood is an online retailer specializing in computer software research and development. We have 4 offices, one in Hong Kong, one in Shenzhen,one in Hangzhou, and one in Yiwu.


DJI is the largest UAV technology company in the world headquartered in Shenzhen, China. DJI manufactures a range of products including flying cameras (ex. Inspire and Phantom series), flying platforms, flight controllers for multi rotors, accessories for helicopters, camera gimbals (aerial, handheld) and ground stations. These products are for industrial, professional and amateur use. According to The Economist, the company is at the forefront of the civilian-drone industry.


Flite Test was created for people passionate about flight.  The show will personify the veteran and the beginner alike giving them a chance to share common experiences with others, in turn, enhancing the RC community. The goal is to develop a creative outlet that allows us to work in our passion daily. Flite Test is designed to empower our audience. It has just enough humor, technology and information to appeal to the RC flight crowd as a whole.


RCGroups is a large and varied web forum covering all aspects of radio controlled modelling but with a large leaning towards model flying. It is well known for its long threads that often start even before a model has been released, and as it progresses details people's issues and revelations with them.


Founded in 2011 and with customers all over the world, Event 38 designs and manufactures drones, (unmanned aerial systems), specialized optical sensors, and a Drone Data Management System™ for Construction, Environmental Conservation, Mining, Surveying and Precision Agriculture.

Conservation Drones seeks to share knowledge of building and using low-cost unmanned aerial vehicles for conservation-related applications with conservation workers and researchers worldwide, especially those in developing countries.

Drone Adventures

Drone Adventures is a non-profit organization founded in Lausanne, Switzerland in March, 2013. We see drones as a powerful and exciting tool that can be used to make the world a better place. Our goal is to demonstrate and promote the great potential of drones to protect our planet and support communities.