Aerospace Engineering


Drone Capabilities and Specifications. Payload Options. Support Programs.


Altavian drones are built to carry the largest sensors possible to collect the best data possible. The sensor payload is housed in the heart of the drone—secure and stable. In short, these drones are designed with better data in mind, not fancy flight modes.

Size Matters

Building platforms that can support these great sensor payloads means investing in size and mass. Strong composite materials and sound aerospace design give our drones offer consistent, stable flights. Size and materials should not constrain your data collection.

Easy Launch

Both the Nova and Galaxy designs value rapid deployment. You won't find excess in the Nova design. It is deliberately a large yet hand-launched drone just so it can house that powerhouse sensor. The Galaxy carries the same payload with a one-button vertical launch.

High End Materials for High-End Sensors

Altavian drones are built with aerospace grade composites. They are strong, durable, and capable of flying in challenging terrain. Rather than opt for a foam-built drone, our drones are made of carbon fiber, fiber glass, and Kevlar. This gives our drones the size and mass to carry the best sensors through heavy wind.

High End Materials Create High End Data
High End Materials Create High End Data

All parts of the drone are connected directly and easily replaced with basic tools. These machine components ensure there are no extra joiners or connectors complicating the drone’s sleek design and your ability to make quick repairs in the field.

The Nova’s fuselage is built as one whole piece rather than two pieces glued together. This design, known as a monocoque design, is lighter weight and stronger than a two-piece fuselage.

aerospace engineering fuselage

Aerodynamics Matter

There are practical advantages to drones that are designed like traditional aircraft with aerodynamic principles in mind. For example, drones constructed with foam typically use delta wings, like those found on super-sonic jets, that are inflexible and brittle—meant for flying in one direction. Altavian’s Nova features high aspect ratio wings like those found on commercial jets. These wings enable the drone to climb rapidly, to glide for longer flights, and to slice through winds up to 30 MPH. They also use flaps and spoilers for landing just like the jumbo jet touching down at the airport. Aerodynamics matter when it comes to flying large-scale jobs in diverse, challenging environments.

ailerons: active roll stabilization

flaps: easy take-off and landing

ruddervators: redundant flight control

Easy to Handle

Drones for large-scale jobs do not have to be difficult to launch and transport. The Nova and Galaxy both can be disassembled into simple, compact pieces that pack away neatly. The wings, tips, legs, and tails all detach quickly and painlessly. The Nova, at 17 LBS, is hand-launched with a large, easy-to-grip surface on its underbelly for an easy throw. The Galaxy features a one-button vertical takeoff and landing. You don’t have to worry about complex assembly and can simply start collecting high quality data quickly.

Galaxy and Nova are easy to handle