SkyCruiser A22/A22-Plus

SkyCruiser A22 is one of the fixed wing drones 

produced by SOUTH SURVEY, which is particularly 

designed for surveyors without any aerial survey 

experience. Easy launch by hand,  stable, reliable 

and highly  efficient, compared with the traditional 

surveying methods. All features make it suitable 

for 1:1000, 1:2000 aerial mapping projects within 

300 square kilometers.

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what surveyors really need…

A professional-level drone made for survey-grade mapping applications...

1. Simple assembly and quick hand launch

2. Humanized GCS software with interactive interfaces

3. Excellent flight attitude due to moderate drone weight

4. Quality imageries to generate survey-grade outputs

5. Reasonable costs versus high work efficiency

6. Trusted local dealer and renowned survey manufacturer standby

SkyCruiser A20 series understands 100%

What shall be considered before purchasing a mapping drone?

1. Easy operation

2. Automated control

3. Output quality

4. Survey-grade demand

5. Cost efficiency

6. Responsive support



Stay Accurate

The inbuilt PPK module synchronously records observations with base station, and the kinematic 

differential corrections greatly improve the positioning accuracy down to centimeter level that 

satisfies survey needs. Consequently, the tough work of ground control point measurements 

might be minimized up to 80%-90%,or even totally eliminated. 


Stay Intelligent

The specialized control algorithm in autopilot computer enables this SkyCruiser to minimize the 

skyway deviation and yaw angle deviation up to 50% and 80% respectively. The inbuilt RTK 

module helps the drone with precise waypoint navigation and landing point control by realtime 

kinematic positioning.


Stay Tough

This UAS made of industrial-level EPO foam material is designed to address its extraordinary durability 

and undertake hundreds of missions with proper maintenance, which is sharply distinguished from a consumer-grade drone.



Stay Excellent

And compared with other extremely light foamy drones, it enjoys very stable flight attitude and 

excellent wind resistance capability due to its moderate aircraft weight, which brings out 

extraordinary aerial photography quality and high precision outputs. 


Stay Efficient

Extremely long flight duration up to 85 minutes and maximum coverage of a single flight around 20km2 

would provide you unprecedented work efficiency to enjoy unrivaled performance and incredible 



Stay Precise

The backstepping deceleration control methodology guides the descending vehicle to land 

within a circle area of 5m radius. As a result, the landing site would not be too strictly confined.


Stay Inspired

Tailored to aerial photogrammetry, this professional package solution enjoys just a few quick 

steps to get started, including the easy hand launch for take-off. Therefore, the unmanned aircraft 

flight operation becomes much easier than ever, which will just take you half a day to learn! 


Stay Simple

With detachable wings, the highly integrated product consists of several components only. And 

the soft nylon case and hard metal box well fit your daily hand carry and transportation use. 


Mission Planning Simplicity

The ground control software that goes with this solution, very informative and intuitive, helps the user to optimize skyways and generate waypoints by simply defining GSD 

and overlap percentage.The software algorithm vividly tells what surveyors really 

expect: Simplicity and Ease of Use!


Low-battery Auto Return

Upon low battery warning, the SkyCruiser would activate Auto-Return function itself 

and ensure an expected safe landing. Once another charged battery is replaced for 

a second flight, the remained skyway of previous mission would be continued 


Multi-zone Mission Planning

For the flight zone with complicated terrain conditions, a single flight mission 

consisting of several separate zones might be defined to deal with different 

flight heights in elevated areas.


Large Area Photogrammetry

When the survey zone is too large to finish within a single flight, you might still keep 

it as one flight mission. Upon a second flight, the remained survey zone would be 

followed up automatically without extra flight planning.


Terrain Condition Evaluation

If the AGL (Above Ground Level) is less than 50m, the corresponding part of skyway 

would be displayed in red and users are suggested to adjust the flight height. 

Flight safety is the priority in drone operation, which is always acknowledged to both 

surveyors and GCS.


GCS Power-off Protection

In case that the laptop shuts down, restart it or change another laptop and run the 

GCS, the system would ask you whether to synchronize the existing mission from 

the aircraft. Even if you fail to restart the GCS, the drone would continue its flight 

and then land itself.


Compulsory Checklist Reminder

Before executing the mission, users would be guided to follow some checklists and 

double check the necessary procedures for flight safety and efficient operation.In 

other words, the GCS would always remind surveyors of all proper handlings in order 

not to make any mistake.


One-key Return Home

The one-key operation for quick landing enables the drone to react then return home 

immediately in case of sudden rain or birds attack, which would effectively decrease 

the drone crash ratio.


All-in-one GCS Processing

Instead of operating in a third-party software kit, simply a one-key click in the GCS 

software will automatically process the PPK records and then generate the highly 

precise POS data.


Aborting Landing Contingency

Supposed a car stops or some people approach close to the landing point, user can 

abort this landing for emergency response. The aircraft would switch from landing 

status to climbing status and fly to start circle point then wait until a better chance 

for landing comes. Or change another point more suitable for alternative.

Extraordinary Interaction Experience

A mission information preview before flight and a prompt message asking whether 

to download POS after flight instantly appear, which all contributes to your master 

control of the aerial survey job.



                           Aircraft  System

Aircraft Type                                  



Packing Size                                 

Empty Weight                             

Body Material                                

Propulsion System                        

Electric Motor                                

Power Supply                                    

Fixed wing, wingspan 150 cm

Standard Version A22 / Professional Version A22-Plus 

150 x 70 x 13 cm

98 x 36 x 46 cm (soft carrying case)

98 x 36 x 46 cm (hard transportation box) 

A22: 1.45 kg; A22-Plus 1.55 kg

Industrial EPO foam

electric pusher motor, 12-inch foldable propeller 


Lithium polymer battery, 10000mAh, 14.8V

                        Onboard  Sensors

Autopilot Computer                       






GPS Receiver                               

Integrated RTK/PPK Receiver     

(for model A22-Plus only)    








Built-in chipset, L1/L2, GNSS (GPS/Glonass/Compass, Galileo ready),

data refresh baud rate 20 Hz, positioning accuracy up to 3 cm

                       Imagery  Payload

Standard Camera 

Sensor Type 

Resolution Value 

Lens Configuration 

Focusing Length 

Aperture Control 

Picture Size 

Imaging Resolution

                         GCS Software

Pre-flight Checks 

Flight Automations 

Camera Triggering

Low-battery Warning 

Auto Return 

Descending Control

Fail-safe Routines 

Fail-safe Commands

            Operation  Performance

Pre-flight Setup* 

Control Mode 

Weather Limit 

Operating Temperature 

Environmental Humidity 

Radio Datalink

Control Frequency 

Transmitting Power 

Communication Range



20.1 Mega Pixel


E 21mm


23.2 x 15.4 mm

1.5-20 cm GSD (Ground Sampling Distance)


Automatic take-off, flight and landing operations 



Upon low-battery indication 

Three-section algorithm 


Manually controlled

3-5 minutes (A22); 5-8 minutes (A22-Plus)


10m/s (36km/h), Beaudfort scale 6, light rain 

-10°C to 45°C

90% condensing 

Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) 

915 MHZ


Typical 10 km; max. 30 km

                    Flight  Performance

Take-off Type 

Landing Type 

Landing Space 


Effective Photography Duration


Cruising Speed*

Flight Height

Height above Take-off Location         

Hand launch/automatic

Belly landing

Typical 20x6 m; recommended 50x10 m 

Not less than 59 minutes, best up to 80-85 minutes (customized unit only)

Best up to approx. 70-75 minutes 

Approx. 80-90 km 

Typical 20m/s (72km/h)

Max. ceiling 4000 m

70-940 m AGL (Above Ground Level)

         Acquisition  Performance

Single-point Positioning Accuracy* 

Relative Accuracy (XY/Z)* 

Absolute Accuracy 

(without GCPs)*

Absolute Accuracy 

(with GCPs)*

Required GCPs

A22: 2m CEP; A22-Plus: 3cm CEP 

1-3x/1-5x GSD (A22-Plus)

A22: horizontal 0.8-2m / vertical 1-2.5m;

A22-Plus:  horizontal down to 3-10cm / vertical down to 5-15cm 

A22: horizontal down to 2-3cm / vertical down to 5-10cm

A22-Plus:  horizontal down to 2-3cm / vertical down to 5-10cm 

80%-90% or even all to be eliminated (A22-Plus)

Note: All aspects marked with * are determined by weather conditions and manual operations in practice.