AgEagle offers two models of fixed wing drones. They share the same great functionality, NIR sensor and image processing. The RX60 features a Carbon fiber infused airframe that is able to cover 400 acres or more in a single battery charge and flies a little longer than its little brother the RX48 and the RX60 also comes with a launcher to make every launch perfect. The smaller RX48 does not need a launcher and is able to cover 200 to 300 acres in a single battery charge. Choose the model that is best for your applications.
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The AgEagle RX48 or the RX60
It More Than Just the Price
The RX48 and the RX60 AgEagle sUAS have gathered a lot of interest from those looking for a fixed wing solution. A side by side comparison clearly shows the technical differences between to the two systems. The coverage times are similar and time aloft are close as well. Considering the RX48 requires a smaller investment, potential customers may ask themselves, “Why should I pay more for the RX60 that requires a launcher?” Fair question, so let’s talk about it.
The RX60 is should be considered as the “heavy duty, four wheel drive, diesel” of the small UAV precision ag imaging world. AgEagle designed the RX60 to be flown by people who never touched a UAV or flown a real aircraft. AgEagle knew the RX60 was going to be flown by novices and it was going to be flown on almost a daily basis, then landing in crops or pastures. Like a Alaskan bush plane, the RX60 needed to be tough and durable, so a layer of expensive carbon fiber cloth was hand applied, then processed under heat and pressure resulting in an incredibly strong airframe surrounded by a tough skin. The manufacturing process is similar to that of modern fighter aircraft or Formula 1 race car bodies. It can take some pretty nasty landings and is often repairable.
Also, the RX60 had a mission to carry needed the power and sensors in a stable flight even in breezy conditions, so it was a bit larger. The size of the RX60 meant that manual launching was out of the question. Compared to the cheap quadcopters found on-line or hobby store, the RX60 was a monster. Remember, amatuer flyers were going to use the RX60 and it takes practice and skill to consistently and successfully manually launch a wing this size, so AgEagle designed a launcher to remove the worry and stress of hand launches. Anyone can put the RX60 in the air, whether the flyer is a 6’2” retired Marine or a 5’ college intern.
The RX60 is still the preferred platform for those who will be flying in a variety of conditions and plan to aggressively use their AgEagle in almost daily operations. It’s tough and durable.
Which wing should a flyer choose? Think about this; A modern farming operation has more than just one truck to do all the farm duties. Pickups, flat beds, double axel, 18 wheelers are needed. The same goes for tractors; Big four wheel drive units, all wheel drive, utility tractors and even lawn tractors populate the modern farm. The same holds for sUAV systems. Not all systems are right for every application. One size does not fit every mission, so AgEagle designed the RX48 to help fill the gap.
The RX 48 is smaller and is a better solution for those with smaller acreage fields, limited landing areas, hand launchable and maybe an operator just wants to get familiar with a smaller fixed wing before stepping up the professional level RX60.
The RX48 is made from expanded polypropylene foam (EPP), precisely cut in our own machines, strengthened with carbon fiber spar rods, then strategic areas are “hardened” with the application of poly skins to reduce the chance of potential landing damage. The result was a smaller, lighter weight airframe, but just not to the same degree of the extremely robust protection of the RX60. It was determined that the RX48 would be substantially lighter than the RX60, thus the reduced weight (mass) would result in a lower chance of damage to the wing during landing and that held true. Also, we could reduce the battery requirements from two to one and still have a good flying time. All of these changes resulted in a lower cost entry level, yet professional wing.
The RX48 is made for the owner who is going to fly mostly in the growing season, then not very much for the remainder of the year. The RX48 operator will likely be the person who wants to personally use a fixed wing UAV, but doesn’t have the acreage to justify a larger, more expensive aircraft. It’s also the right choice for the person stepping up from the hobby quadcopter to their first fixed wing. Just like real pilots, UAV fliers do better as they move up progressively rather than in one big leap.
The RX60 remains the right decision for owners who will fly almost everyday in a variety of crops or they fly where the growing season is almost year round as in southern climates. They need a wing for the long haul and might be flown by others and the owners want peace of mind to know that their employees have the toughest sUAS doing the work.
We have some RX60 professional flyers who are considering getting an RX48 to supplement their operations during peak times or as a back up should they have an incident with their primary craft. They also know that both platforms share common components which helps hold costs down and we can make repairs quickly.
Regardless of platform, the RX60 or the RX48, there is a system right for you and at an affordable cost.
|Manufacturer||AgEagle Aerial Systems||AgEagle Aerial Systems|
|Model||AgEagle RX60||AgEagle RX48|
|Category||Fixed Wing (Flying Wing)||Fixed Wing (Flying Wing)|
|Composition||Composite aircraft grade carbon fiber infusion/Hard Shell||Expanded Polypropylene Composite|
|Measurements||Wingspan: 54"||Wingspan: 47"|
|Fuselage length 26"||Fuselage Length: 27"|
|Prop. Dia.: 12 X 6”||Prop. Dia.: 11 X 5.5E "|
|Weight||Gross T.O.: 7.06 lb.||Gross T.O.: 4.4 lb.|
|Propulsion System||Electric (Pusher)||Electric (Pusher)|
|Fuel/Energy System||2 x Li-Po Batteries||One Li-Po Battery|
|5500 mAh; 14.8V; 4 Cell||6600 mAh; 14.8V; 10C; 4 Cell|
|Take-Off Method||Catapult||Hand launch|
|Landing Method||Auto landing, power off glide||Auto landing, power off glide|
|Navigation Equipment||PX4 Autopilot||PX4 Autopilot|
|Dual GPS (L 1 /L 2 & Glonass) NEO8||Dual GPS (L 1 /L 2 & Glonass) NEO8|
|Electronic Surveillance Equipment||GPS through Tablet/Android Smartphone||GPS through Tablet /Android Smartphone|
|Standard Vegetation Sensors||Sentera single NIR||Sentera single NIR
|Resolution / pixel size at 400 ft AGL||4.264" / 10.830 cm||4.264" / 10.830 cm|
|Flight Sensors||Barometric Altimeter, Airspeed Indicator,||Barometric Altimeter, Airspeed Indicator,|
|2 x Accelerometer, 2 x Gyroscope,||2 x Accelerometer, 2 x Gyroscope,|
|2 x Magnetometer, GPS, Glonass||2 x Magnetometer, GPS, Glonass|
|Redundant Systems||Low Battery Return to Launch||Low Battery Return to Launch|
|No Radio Contact Return to Launch||No Radio Contact Return to Launch|
|Visual Detectability||High Visibility Graphics||High Visibility Graphics|
|Flight Performance||Operating Airspeed :31-49 mph||Operating Airspeed :31-49 mph|
|Cruise Airspeed : 33 mph||Cruise Airspeed : 33 mph|
|Max Descent Rate : 394 ft./min||Max Descent Rate : 394 ft./min|
|Max Climb Rate : 984 ft./min||Max Climb Rate : 984 ft./min|
|Max Turn Rate : 150 deg/s||Max Turn Rate : 150 deg/s|
|Endurance : 60 mins. w/ Std. Batteries||Endurance : 39 mins. w/ Std. Batteries|
|Operating Limitations||Operating Temp : 32-170°F Demonstrated Wind : 42 mph||Operating Temp : 32-170°F Demonstrated Wind : 42 mph|
|Control Method||Pre-Programmed Autopilot||Pre-Programmed Autopilot|
|Override control||Manual Flight with handheld controller||Alter flight plan via Android tablet|
|Auto land||Auto land|
|Flight Instrumentation||Altitude, Airspeed, Attitude, Heading, Climb/Descent Rate, Present Position||Altitude, Airspeed, Attitude, Heading, Climb/Descent Rate, Present Position|
|System Diagnostics and Monitoring||Low Battery||Low Battery|
|Launcher||Catapult launcher||Non required|
|Ground support||Battery charger, cables, manual||Battery charger, cables, manual|