Zenith ATX8

Altura Zenith

Altura Zenith Review

Made by a Dutch company (Aerialtronics), the Altura Zenith ATX4 and ATX8 drones are very identical in terms of design and features, however there are just a few but important differences that I’m going to cover further on this review. In general, The Altura Zenith is an high-end drone and is, without a doubt, a perfect choice for applications such as photography and cinematography, VOC capabilities (detection of gas leaks and hazardous materials) and providing GIS mapping. Let me put it this way, you have all you expect from a drone with latest related technologies in one package, or better say in a very expensive package. The Zenith is not an average drone for its price and is one of the best commercial drones in the market, so it only make sense if you have a serious business plan before buying it. Read on the review of Zenith to uncover the most interesting facts about this drone. 

Altura Zenit Specs and Features

Brushless motor:

ATX4: 4 motors , ATX8: 8 motors

Max flight time:  

ATX4: 45 minutes,  ATX8:35 minutes

Take off weight:

ATX4: 4.6kg,  ATX8: 5.6kg

Max payload:

ATX4: 1.4kg,  ATX8: 2.9kg

Max cruise speed: 20 m/s

Operating range : 1000 meters

Battery: 22.2V – 20.000 mAh

Wingspan 600 mm

Propellers: 16″

LED color direction indicator

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The ready-to-fly Zenith is one of those sturdy drones that can fly in any weather condition, no matter if it’s heavy rain, freezing snow or strong wings. With a flick of a switch you’ll have it up in the air and with the help of the joystick RF control module you can either choose to fly it full manual or in GPS mode. When using GPS assisted control,  you can take nice and steady photos by enabling the altitude hold or position hold mode, but it is not all about taking images, you can also use the Dog mode (Follow me mode) to let the drone fly autonomously and record a video of your action on the go. Moreover, the Zenith is capable of flying along pre-defined paths for the purpose of  surveying and monitoring the field. All you need to do is to set way points and let the drone do the rest for you. Not to mention, you’ll have all the necessary flight information including the battery status transmitted to the controller using a telemetry.

Gimbals, Cameras and Sensors

The Zenith is compatible with most gimbals in the market, however, the company supplies their own AV200 and AV130  servo-driven “Click ’n go” gimbals which are best for medium and large-sized cameras, these 2 -3 axis brushless stabilised gimbals can carry cameras that weigh up to 1 kg. The drone features a modular payload system and it is much flexible that you can simply interchange variety of cameras and sensors, for instance, the sniffer sensor can be used to detect and analyse chemicals, or, the multispectral sensor to show you new perspectives on the health of crops (GIS mapping). The Zenith’s Altura Cardan payload adaptor is a platform compatible with many choices of gimbals and payloads to mount in a few seconds, the adopter has integrated vibration dampening system which enable the drone to carry any kind of payloads. 

The Controller

The Altura Ground Control System (GCS) with an attached tablet gives you full control over the drone. You can choose either to use Joysticks or the touchscreen tablet using the in-house app, which can simply navigate the drone either fully manual or autonomously. Aside from the attached tablet, there is also another tablet to just bring every possible solution to control your drone with ease.

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The Last Words

This drone can give you a good opportunity to run your own unique business providing aerial monitoring and industrial inspection services, and for sure, if you start early when there are not many competitors in this field yet, it leaves you with a good profit margin and with only a few projects you’ll eventually balance out the cost of the drone.

As I mentioned earlier,  there are a few differences between ATX4 andATX8. For instance, with ATX8 you have the feature called Heading Lock which reminds the drone where the forward is during the flight. At the end, it depends on you and your allocated budget whether you need ATX8 with more features or the ATX4 just gives you what you need at lower price. Speaking of the price, it is based on combination of solutions that you want from the Zenith, you need to contact the company and request a quote. However the Zenith ATX4 may cost you up to $32000 and The ATX8 costs you up to $42000. So, if you are just a hobbyist, think of buying 42 DJI Phantoms instead!

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