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Top 10 Most Expensive Drones Not Everyone Can Buy

Drones have evolved from their initial builds as model aircrafts that were used in the laboratory to simulate how an actual aircraft would operate in the real world. They were quite cheap in those days, till technological revolution in the aviation sector allowed gave them a lease of life as pilot-less planes. To date, sophisticated drones have been built using svelte technology, and there are even drones that operate as passenger carriers which transport people from place to place.

Modern drones vary in their design, specialty, and aviation technology. There are also different brands in the market. Some of these brands are quite expensive, but this piece limits itself to the top 10 most expensive drones today.

10. Lockheed Martin Indago

Locheed Indigo drone
Locheed Indigo is one of the most expensive drones

Average Retail Price: USD25,000

This is a lightweight drone that can carry very light loads. Its load-free weight is about 4.9 pounds, and the maximum load it can carry is 0.44 pounds, which just happens to be the average weight of any average smartphone. It is a quad-rotor that uses a uniquely designed Lockheed-Martin UAS (unmanned aerial system) to manage its flight operations and trajectory paths.

This drone comes with a high-quality inbuilt camera that is capable of taking HD(high-definition) video recording as well as high-resolution photo stills. However, if the camera specs of the smartphone exceed those of this drone, then the use can fix the smartphone to the drone and then use it for photography and video recording. The maximum height that this drone can reach is 500 feet above ground at a steady speed of 45 miles-per-hour. It can also fly continuously for 45 minutes, and this allows it to reach a distance of 1.2 miles away from the controller. It can therefore be used for both civilian and military purposes.

9. Multirotor-G4 Surveying Robot

Multirotor-G4 Surveying Robot
Multirotor-G4 Surveying Robot is one of the most expensive drones commercially available for all

Average Retail Price: USD25,420

This is a lightweight multi-rotor purposely built for surveying purposes. Its load-free weight is about 6 pounds. Just like the Lockheed-Martin Indago, this drone comes with a high-quality inbuilt camera that is capable of taking HD video recordings as well as high-resolution photo stills. This surveying robot can fly continuously for 20 minutes. It can reach a flight speed of 19 miles-per-hour, and this slow speed allows it to survey an area. Its operating range is about 2.9 kilometers (1.8 miles).

8. Multirotor-G4 Eagle V2

Multirotor-G4 Eagle V2 drone
Multirotor-G4 Eagle V2 drone

Average Retail Price: USD28,260

This is another drone from the multi-rotor G4 series that is designed to be multi-functional. Its load-free weight is about 5.5 pounds, and the maximum load it can carry is 5.5 pounds. Just like the Multirotor-G4 Surveying Robot, this drone comes with a high-quality inbuilt camera that is capable of taking HD video recordings along with high-resolution photo stills. It can fly continuously for 30 minutes, and can attain a horizontal flight speed of 37 miles-per-hour. Its operating range is about 1.9 kilometers (1.2 miles).

7. Multirotor Eagle V2 with Freefly MoVI-M5

Multirotor Eagle V2 with Freefly MoVI-M5
Multirotor Eagle V2 with Freefly MoVI-M5

Average Retail Price: USD33,940

This is a high-end drone that is part of the Multirotor Eagle V2 series. It is designed as a medium-duty multi-purpose drone. Its load-free weight is about 9.9 pounds, and the maximum load it can carry is 4.4 pounds. It also comes equipped with a high-end, high-quality inbuilt camera that is capable of taking HD video recordings along with high-resolution photo stills. It can fly continuously for only 10 minutes, and can attain a horizontal flight speed of 36 miles-per-hour. Its operating range is about a kilometer (0.6 miles).

6. Multirotor-G4 Eagle V2 Cargo

 Multirotor-G4 Eagle V2 Cargo
Multirotor-G4 Eagle V2 Cargo

Average Retail Price: USD35,360

This is another high-end drone that belongs to the Multirotor Eagle V2 series. It is designed to operate as a sky-crane. Its load-free weight is about 9.9 pounds, and the maximum load it can carry is 5.5 pounds. It can fly continuously for 30 minutes, and can attain a horizontal flight speed of 37 miles-per-hour. Its operating range is about 1.9 kilometers (1.2 miles). Unlike the other Multirotor-G4 Eagle V2 drones reviewed above, the Multirotor-G4 Eagle V2 Cargo lacks a camera, and instead features a cargo gimbal. The user can still fit a camera on the gimbal.

5. AEE F50 One Of The Most Expensive Drones

AEE F50 drone
AEE F50 drone

Average Retail Price: USD37,000

This is a compactly-designed high-end quadrotor capable of attaining a flight altitude of about 900 meters (2952 feet). Its load-free weight is about 4.4 pounds. It also comes equipped with a high-end, high-quality inbuilt camera that is capable of taking HD video footage as well as high-resolution photos. It can fly continuously for 40 minutes, and can attain a horizontal flight speed of 11 miles-per-hour. Even though it seems to have a slow flight speed, the AEE F50 can cover great distances and its operating range is about 20 kilometers (12.4 miles). This makes it ideal for use in emergency settings or extensive land surveys.

4. Sci-Aero cyberQuad

Sci-Aero cyberQuad
Sci-Aero cyberQuad

Average Retail Price: USD37,000

This is a compactly-designed high-end quadrotor purposely designed for photography, film-making, mapping, agricultural field survey, and public surveillance. It features guards that protect the rotor blades. Its load-free weight is about 4.4 pounds. It also comes equipped with a high-end, high-quality inbuilt camera that is capable of taking HD video footage as well as high-resolution photos. It can fly continuously for 25 minutes, and can attain a horizontal flight speed of 37 miles-per-hour. However, it has a limited operating range of only 500 meters.

3. AEE F100

AEE F100 drone
AEE F100

Average Retail Price: USD58,000.

This is a compactly-designed high-end remote-controlled quadrotor capable of attaining a flight altitude of about 1500 meters (4921 feet). Its load-free weight is about 13.2 pounds, which makes it much heavier that its related AEE F50. It also comes equipped with a high-end, high-quality inbuilt camera which makes it suitable for emergency surveys, aerial photography, and film-making. It can fly continuously for 70 minutes, and can attain a horizontal flight speed of 62 miles-per-hour. It can also be operated in extreme weather conditions, and this suits it to emergency operations.

2. XactSense Titan

XactSense Titan
XactSense Titan

Average Retail Price: USD120,000

This is a compactly-designed, remote-controlled octo-copter that is capable of attaining a flight altitude of about 55 meters (180 feet). It has an incredible sky-lifting capacity and the maximum load it can carry is 50 pounds. It can therefore be rated as a heavy-duty sky-crane. Just like the Multirotor-G4 Eagle V2 Cargo, the XactSense Titan lacks a camera. Still, it can fly continuously for 30 minutes. Its operating range is about 16 kilometers (9.9 miles).

1. Ehang 184

Ehang 184
Ehang 184

Average Retail Price: USD300,000

This is the king of the drones, it is also the world’s most expensive drone, and is the premier drone in the market that can carry a person. The passenger just needs to inform the drone operator of the destination, and all the passenger needs to do is simply get into the drone and enjoy a sky ride to this destination.

This well-designed, operator-controlled air-vehicle is capable of attaining a flight altitude of about 3500 meters (11,482 feet). Its load-free weight is about 440 pounds, and the maximum load it can carry is 220 pounds, which is greater than the normal weight of a normal passenger. This also means that the landing stage must be strong enough to support the weight of a 700-pound aerial vehicle. Furthermore, it can fly continuously for 23 minutes, and can attain a horizontal flight speed of 63 miles-per-hour.

The Moste Expensive Drones Are Not For Hobbyist

As you can see, these most expensive drones in the world are not intended for amateurs and hobbyist as they can cost hundreds of thousands. However, if you are interested in amateur drones, and don’t want to spend tens or hundreds of thousands, there are much cheaper drones available also such as quadcopters or hexacopters, there are many advanced models available at much more reasonable price!

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