Hot, High Altitude, Arctic, High Wind and more.

Extreme Environments

Extreme Environments


Extreme Environments in General

When it comes to operating in extreme environments, QuestUAV are leaders in the field of fixed wing operations.

High Altitude, Arctic, Hot Climates, Wind and Turbulence. For almost a decade the company has tackled increasingly difficult and dangerous environments and weather conditions. The experience has given QuestUAV a world class heritage in innovation and the understanding of specific needs for widely differing applications.

It doesn’t stop with a range of professional products. QuestUAV backs every sale with the opportunity to learn from the experts with in-country training and excellent customer support.

High Altitude

QuestUAV aircraft have flown successfully at high altitudes around the world at heights up to 10500 ft (3000m).

Overcoming reduced lift and poor take off performance requires changes such as improved acceleration, reduced wing loading, different propellors, improved stall parameters and optimised autopilot software for best airframe performance.

Our engineers and designers are skilled with all of these challenges, and more.  We manufacture larger wingsets for the DATAhawk and provide more powerful launch technology to get the aircraft safely airborne.

We optimise the aircraft during its build and can also optimise further after delivery when a client is operational.

Our modified aircraft have flown in the Alps (6,000ft ASL), in Sierra Navada, Spain (6,000ft ASL) in the Atacama Desert in Chile (10,500ft ASL) and many other high altitudes on different continents.


Hot / Humid Environments

Agriculture | Thermal Sensor ResultsOur aircraft are well suited to hot and humid climates.

We train crews to operate continuously in places like Korea, Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines.

Protective wing covering, high reflection hatches, high-temperature adhesives are examples of hot/humid modifications.

Add carefully selected avionics, conformally coated electronics, and maintenance procedures to monitor health fo the product and you have one of the best options for a great return on investment.

All drone packages going to hot/humid conditions include these upgrades, free.

Cold / Arctic Environments

Antarctica, Svalbard, Finland in the winter, glaciers in the Alps, winters on the Ukraine/Russian border. QuestUAV have conquered them all.

Careful battery temperature management, sub zero adhesives and non-brittle plastics are examples of modifications used to provide successful solutions in our cold/arctic products.

Flight planning considerations and redundancy advice are also part of our free pre-purchase consultancy.

Combine our experience and extensive knowledge and receive training in Cold / Arctic Operations.

High Wind Environments

QuestUAV aircraft have the ability to cruise between 17m/s* and 25m/s*. Airspeed can be changed in flight to cope with high wind conditions and overlap is not detrimentally affected - a QuestUAV will get the job done!

So unlike our smaller competitors, with a QuestUAV drone, you can be operational on more days and in worse conditions than before.

QuestUAV drones have completed mapping surveys where the wind has reached 45 knots (22m/s).

*Statistics shown are model dependent.

Wet / Coastal Environments
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Wet environments bring hazards both for the safety of the drone and its avionics and for the effective launch and recovery of a drone where it can be difficult for a pilot to manage either

We have a product designed specifically for water landings (The QuestUAV Aqua), however, many situations don’t require such extreme measures. The benefits that already come with an off the shelf product might be enough.

QuestUAV drones have operated on Intertidal zones, coastal erosion studies, inshore lakes, Island Monitoring, Wetlands Monitoring across the world.

Our aircraft have landed in fresh water, salt water, wetlands, as well as conducting regular landings on dry land. Parachute, autolanding or pilot assisted landings are all available, land or sea.

Large Forestry Environments
Large forested areas have specific problems when it comes to drone operations. Severe turbulence above the canopy, limited land and take off options, many kinds of stitching errors, insufficient accuracy for good lumber detection, loss of sight of the drone over the canopy.  These are just some of the few problems to be encountered when operating over forestry. . QuestUAV is experienced in operations across the globe where challenges like these need to be overcome. The main route to success comes from good training following the wealth of experience that QuestUAV has operating over forestry. However long endurance pods, long range telemetry modules, gimbals and good camera selection are some of the hardware options. .