Trigger Composites Pteryx UAV
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Trigger Composites Pteryx UAV

Contact Bill Badnaruk at (941) 342-8685 or email for more information.
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The Pteryx is shipped out of Poland. Please take into consideration customs or other expenses in your purchase. Shipping box for Pteryx Lite is 1600x400x250mm and weights about 8-9kg. Shipping box for Pteryx Pro is 1600x400x400mm and weights about 20-22kg.


  • Overview
  • Spare Parts
  • Options / Pricing
Typical operational area which can be covered in one day: The Pteryx can cover between 12-18 sq km per day (3000 - 4500 acres) in a 6 hour window. Less area for better resolution or if the daylight is shorter in winter months.

Once you have your photos, the basic software stitches all the photos together to make one large photo term “mosaic”. This is done by  having the photos taken such that the borders overlap. For standard 2D mosaics, the overlap is small, about 20%. If a high quality 2D image is required, then the overlap must be larger, about 50%. If one desires a 3D model, then the overlap is as high as 80%.

To have a high resolution 3D map, there are a few companies which offer this service. The photos are sent to them and for a fee they are turned into 3D mosaics and returned to the customer. Mosaic Mill and Pix4D are two such services. Here are some videos to explain:

You are a professional and you need a professional tool for the job. For photo-mapping task, Pteryx UAV is the ultimate choice. Made by a group of engineers with unique practical experience, delivers what you need the most: dependable and easy to use source of aerial photos.

Heavy Duty
Pteryx UAV is made of various composites and hard wood. Its fuselage can withstand multiple landings without noticeable wear. Wings and tail are hard enough to land in bushes, on ice, or daily handling. Failsafe construction features will most probably save your Pteryx, even if you will land on a tree It is made to last.

The best way to make your UAV dependable is to keep it simple. The less servos you have, the fewer will break. The less electrical connections you have, the less is probability of plug failure.

Pteryx UAV uses only two critical servos. There are no electrical connections during assembly. Servos are easy to inspect and are placed in a covered servo bay. It is really hard to break them.

Even in the most unfortunate case of propulsion or servo failure the autopilot will deploy parachute below critical altitude.

Ease of use
You do not have to be a RC pilot to successfully operate Pteryx UAV. Takeoff and landing are fully automatic. All you really need to do is to select a pre-programmed mission and push the takeoff button. Pteryx will fly its mission and return to you on a parachute. Piece of a cake.


In order to complete your tasks you need the best equipment. In the field of UAVs there is no room for compromise because the errors mean that you do not perform the mission.

Therefore Pteryx UAV gives you the best:

  1. Incomparable endurance: as the only civilian UAVs in its class can fly for 2 hours! This allows you to plan missions with an energy reserve that is needed to overcome the large distances and changing weather conditions.
  2. Payload: Pteryx can lift 1 kg of cargo: cameras, camcorders, or other research equipment. Moreover, the whole apparatus is housed in a stabilized head on the front of the fuselage.
  3. Wind penetration: if you fly too fast, you're wasting precious energy, when you fly too slow, you fly where the wind wants. Pteryx was designed to fly at speeds of about 50km / h. It's the perfect balance between wind resistance and energy efficiency.

With Pteryx each UAV mission will succeed!


Mission Planning

You always thought that flying UAVs requires a base station, multiple antennas, power sources and many meters of the cables... And when your UAV takes off, the weather conditions can change and you have to modify the mission...

Pteryx UAV changes it all.
The only things that you take for flights are: Pteryx UAV and RC transmitter. When you're on the spot, set the appropriate flight program... and fly!

How is this possible?
Pteryx UAV is equipped with a revolutionary solution that makes mission planning a very simple ... "Rotary mission selector" Two knobs allow you to choose from preprogrammed mission. Flight programs are carried out relatively to the launch site (detected automatically by GPS). Thanks to that idea the missions work equally, regardless of where you are. There are also a few special missions where you can specify the zone to be photographed using takeoff course or you can even set a single specific pair of longitude+latitude, designated the object of interest. No more mission planning errors, as the whole wall of safeguarding mission abort conditions is always operating.

But what if you are planning a special mission, which is not in the standard package? It's easy! Plan it in Google Earth and export to the autopilot via the USB port!

And what if the wind will strengthen? Nothing special. Pteryx has a reserve of energy so it will perform the mission and come home! You can also interrupt or hold the mission anytime with a single switch on the RC transmitter.

Rotary mission selector

Autopilot Pteryx has uploaded a series of standard missions, which allow you to make maps of land with an area of up to 3.24 square kilometer per flight. Programming of these missions is limited to selecting the right number of the mission and eventually entering the base point of the mission.

When you want to make a linear map (eg. flight over the motorway) or do not want to use preprogrammed missions for other reasons, you just have to plan the waypoints using available software (eg. Google Earth), and you export it to the autopilot via USB. Full flexibility is available to you, but the real power of unmanned aviation is in inexpensive repetition of actions. There is nothing wrong in flying significantly larger area than requested; in fact, it will provide you with more reference points and backup image processing strategies. Pteryx - UAV flying has never been so easy!

Span: 2,4 m / 7.87 ft
Length: 1,4 m / 4.59 ft
Height: 0,33 m / 1.08 ft
MTOW: 4,5 kg / 9.92 lbs
Payload (with out batteries): 0,4 - 1 kg / 0.88lbs
Endurance: 2 hours
Cruise speed: 45-55 km/h / 28-34 mph

Its unique features among miniature (sub-5 kg TOW) civilian UAVs include roll-stabilised camera head, fully integrated parachute and Rotary Mission Selector. Key design requirements included:

  • flying multiple missions per day without reprogramming the autopilot (the waypoints being selected by mission selector and evaluated relative to takeoff)
  • ability to rearrange camera head interior with minimal effort
  • single button operation
  • no need for groundstation
  • enclosing the camera for better protection against dirt
  • ability to accommodate most powerful compact digital camera models, weight range 200...1000g
  • Takeoff: using bungee, or bungee with rails. Fully automatic takeoff triggered by holding Start button and automatic preflight testing.
  • Landing: using parachute deployed automatically (possible forced opening using RC transmitter), aircraft style belly landing in automatic mode (only when reusing a single airfiled, about 250x100m area required without obstacles on approach) or in manual mode (same as flying RC models).
  • GPS navigation
  • 32Hz IMU aircraft orientation sensor
  • Logging up to 53mins at 8Hz
  • Self calibrating pressure sensor
  • Intuitive Relative Coordinates System – for easy flight planing, unconnected from the global coordinates
  • Possible operation with out computer
  • Track following
  • No-loiter point logic
  • One axis camera stabilization
  • Composite fuselage and wood/foam wings
  • Waterproof – can operate in rain.
  • Durable
  • Big battery and camera bays
  • Protected propeller
  • Hand/bungee take off
  • Conventional/parachute landing
  • No electrical connections during assembly

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Pteryx UAV Spare Parts Price List

Product Pteryx Lite Pteryx Pro
tail servos 55EUR 85EUR
camera head servo 130EUR 175EUR
BEC set of 3 135EUR 135EUR
motor 200EUR 200EUR
Rotary Mission Selector hardware - 55EUR
parachute servo - 75EUR
wings (RTF) 290EUR 290EUR
horizontal stabilizer (RTF) 20EUR 20EUR
camera head with nose cone and bearings 450EUR 650EUR
battery bay hatch 40EUR 75EUR
parachute - 20EUR
parachute line clips (per 10) - 5EUR
propeller 15EUR 15EUR
horizontal stab mount 15EUR 15EUR
fuselage replacement service incl. materials (new servos, connectors, motor -ESC and autopilot verification, flight testing) 2900EUR 3800EUR
camera mount - 25EUR
Additional equipment
catapult rails - 490EUR
bungee - 290EUR
Li-Po battery (Pteryx accommodates 3) - 120EUR

Parts are available only for Pteryx UAV owners. Lead time for Pteryx UAV parts is up to 2 weeks. Prices do not include shipping and handling.

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Pteryx UAV Variants and Pricing

Product Pteryx Lite
(Advanced amateurs or research)
Pteryx Pro
(Aerial photography professionals)
max distance from takeoff limited to 1500m unlimited
GPS update rate 5Hz 10Hz + 32Hz interpolation
waypoint programming 128 waypoints >1200 waypoints
servo update rate 70Hz 70 or 300Hz
takeoff Manual in RC mode Manual or automatic
landing Manual in RC mode Manual or automatic
single button operation + wind estimator - Supported
selectable missions - Rotary Mission Selector
PC interface USB USB
materials High durability fiberglass with
Kevlar reinforcements
New fiberglass wings
High durability fiberglass
with carbon fiber
and Kevlar reinforcements
New fiberglass wings
weather tolerance Tolerates rain and snow during landings Tolerates rain and snow during landings
propulsion High efficiency electric brushless motor High efficiency electric brushless motor
battery compartment Standard size High volume
flight endurance 1h 2h
takeoff From hand (2 operators) or bungee Bungee with rails
landing Belly landing Belly landing or parachute
camera compartment Fully-enclosed Fully-enclosed
stabilized head Roll-stabilized Roll-stabilized with heavy-duty servo and overcurrent protection
camera Installed by the user High quality digital 10MPIX
camera shutter operation Fully integrated Fully integrated
wireless position reporting User's GPRS tracker Optional 3km groundstation with
full reporting (adds 2100EUR)
failsafe action Glide home Glide home or parachute
Software Log downloading software with automatic Google Earth preview Log downloading software with automatic Google Earth preview
Additional equipment included Baseline only Catapult rails
RC TX and RX
Free support 3h of free user support/consulting Free 2-day training
at company’s headquarters,
3h of free user support/consulting
Price NET 9900EUR 21900EUR

15% Polish Export tax applies to all sales out of the EU.
Lead time for standard Pteryx UAV is up to 6 weeks.
Adding extras can take 2 more weeks.
All orders require 50% payment in advance.
All prices are net.



Allied countries of the United States regarding shipment of any products from TBM

WARNING - Gasoline and Turbine powered R/C model aircraft are not manufactured to withstand unlimited G's. Any R/C model aircraft can fail, be it a wing folding up or a fuselage breaking in half under too high of a load. Just as any full size aircraft, model R/C aircraft have a maximum G rating. Because you are not in the plane flying it and experiencing the G's and reading the G-meter, it is more difficult to judge the G's on the aircraft, and it is very easy to exceed the limits of the aircraft. Understand that if you perform a snap roll, parachute, wall, blender, knife edge loop, or pull hard on the elevator at almost any speed, you can be putting in excess of 15 G's, even in excess of 30 G's, and most aircraft can only designed to take 10-12 G's. If you perform any violent maneuver, you can break your plane. When I perform hard maneuvers, especially for the first time on an airframe, I am prepared for a failure and am prepared for it as best I can be. This mainly includes performing the maneuver far enough away from spectators that in event of a failure that I am not endangering others. In addition, be prepared for the manufacturer to not pay for a new airframe which is broken during flight. It is common practice for any manufacturer to not replace an airframe which breaks in the air or upon landing. I have only seen manufacturers replace airframes when they have received many of the same failures and the manufacturer determines that there was a design or manufacturing error. If you break an airframe, and you are the only one to do so, then it is probably not the fault of the manufacturer. Please fly safely, and avoid full throttle operation other than at low airspeeds.

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