HAEVIC has been busy in the Upington area recently. They used a drone to survey and collect data from a 65 hectare area. From these Ortho Mosaic Map data, they created a contour map of the entire area.


HAEVIC South African Drone Distributor High definition ortho maps



Drone & Robotic Systems (Pty) Ltd Trading as HAEVIC is a steadfast giant within the African agricultural sector. With their roots firmly embedded in all aspects of drone aviation, most notably as the sole providers of highly skilled specialised drone training in South Africa and offers innovative solutions of surveillance and security in the agricultural sector. Drones armed with infra-red cameras, built-in GPS systems and accompanying software, adds a whole new dimension to the farmer’s ability to monitor his assets in regards to crop health, livestock surveillance and security. By guiding the farmer to drone applications, taking budget and circumstances into account, drone advantages are endless. Drones are turning the agricultural sector into an emerging frontier for new drone technology by making surveillance and security protocol in and around your crops a minor task, opening up a wide range of possibilities within the security and surveillance fields. HAEVIC offers a wide range of drone options which includes the HAEVIC 1 - a drone specially designed to provide aerial support, the SkyHunter Drone with an automated flight plan, the SuperDrone – collapsible and easy to launch, and the DartDrone, darting livestock or game from the sky.

Drone & Robotic Systems (Pty) Ltd trading as HAEVIC is proudly incorporated within the Africom Commodities Group of Companies – a steadfast giant within the African agricultural sector.

With HAEVIC’s roots firmly embedded in all aspects of drone aviation - most notably as the sole providers of highly specialised training in South Africa, together Dr Gerhard Coetzee and Louis Nel have branched out and taken the possibilities surrounding the RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems) to new exciting levels.

With technology rapidly changing on a day-to-day basis, HAEVIC has recognized the capabilities of the “eye in the sky”.

Farmers have found new, more effective ways of monitoring their perimeter fences and reservoirs, photographers can get landscape shots without hiring helicopters, mining companies now have access to high-resolution 3D maps of their mines and on a amateur front, the weekend hobbyist has something to brag about on a Monday morning.

The name "Haevic" is derived from a German word meaning "Hawk".
Haevic uses Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (better known as "drones") to scrutinise your world from the air. Seeing the reality from a distance allows you to see the bigger picture of what is really happening in your working environment.

Using specialised camera equipment on HAEVIC’s drones, we will provide you with additional and trivial data images. These data images will assist you to understand the deeper significance of what is really happening in your world.

HAEVIC’s multispectral images will reveal where your crop is suffering due to disease, water stress or adverse soil conditions. HAEVIC’s multispectral images will reveal where you need to adapt the rate of fertilizer applications within specific areas. HAEVIC’s Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS) will allow you to access difficult-to-reach areas on your farm within a matter of minutes.

Alternatively, use HAEVIC’s surveying services to draw your own aerial maps on a regular base to determine tendencies on your farming area over time. Create your own 3D images or determine the flow of water in certain areas in order to predict the best location for building your dams.

Count the total of your exotic game herd within minutes by flying over your farm with your RPAS using HAEVIC’s unique RFID tag system. Using this data, you will be able to improve your business strategies in the most profitable way, outdoing your competition on a consistent basis.

Dr Coetzee has extensive knowledge in creating and presenting skills outcomes-based training. Dr Coetzee became interested in the RPAS industry in 2014. Acknowledging the vast possibilities for the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in South Africa, Dr Coetzee himself became a proficient HAEVIC RPAS operator.

He then used the opportunity to develop several professional HAEVIC RPAS training courses. These courses have proven themselves to be highly sought after especially in the farming environment.

Dr Coetzee is currently part of the CUAASA Workshop focusing on training programmes which will adhere to the newly proposed CAA legislation in South Africa.

Louis's Career started off after he has received a bursary from one of the Denel affiliates to study electronic engineering, often referred to as "light current" engineering. Earning an impressive second place at a science expo where his very own rocket launcher was on display, played a huge role in securing his bursary after school. After completion of his studies and bursary commitments within the Denel group, Louis moved on to further his education in the UK where he completed an Honours degree in Information Technology with his focus on Artificial intelligence, intelligent machines and digital communications.

Louis has since been involved in several systems integration projects guiding them through the full life cycle, from inception to launch. The integration of methodologies such as digital communication, communications networks, electrical and electronics together with physical structures was used to create intelligent systems such as the Freeway Management system in the Western Cape.

As an engineer with an extensive background, Louis is currently busy with the development of specialised HAEVIC RPAS products in the agricultural and mining business sectors.

In what can be regarded as yet another addition to Precision Farming's arsenal, HAEVIC has joined forces with agricultural giants TRIOMF in taking accuracy to new realms of discovery!

Armed with an infra-red camera, a built-in GPS and accompanying software, HAEVIC’s flying robot as it is often referred to, adds a whole new dimension not only to the farmer's ability to identify, monitor and rectify crop health but also the following:

  • Creating infrared maps
  • Stitching photos on Google Earth
  • Inspecting fields in hard to reach places
  • Detecting criminals with Thermal cameras during the night
  • Counting livestock with the unique RFID tag system within minutes
  • Detecting pathogens on infected crops long before the symptoms are noticeable by installing a Nano sensor on the UAV

By guiding the farmer on which HAEVIC RPAS application will be best, taking circumstances and budget into account, the advantages are endless such as:

  • Saving money
  • Making use of clean energy – no petrol
  • Managing criminal activities effectively
  • Monitoring livestock efficiently and quickly
  • And lastly, making Precision Farming easier to execute
HAEVIC offers a variety of courses during which farmers are introduced to Aerial Agricultural Support and Services which includes GIS software training as well as waypoint flying.

Although not as cost-effective as rhino and other endangered species, the development of RFID technology in cattle is currently in progress.

HAEVIC’s RFID system will help with the tracking of animals and their whereabouts as they cross farm boundaries and will help equip the farmer with the knowledge to implement effective management as well as enhancing the security of his livestock. Thermal cameras can further aid the farmer due to the stationary nature of animals at night.

Until the RFID cattle tags become more cost-effective, there are still many advantages in only using a HAEVIC drone, the biggest being the on board camera which allows the farmer to basically monitor the farm's entire livelihood in the form of pest, livestock and irrigation control.

The primary use of HAEVIC aircraft within the mining industry is for exploration which includes the mapping of distant terrain and to further examine potential mineral deposits. The nature of such missions make the use of HAEVIC RPAS a natural fit as well as being cost-effective and having a relatively low environmental footprint which is currently a top priority for the industry. HAEVIC has upped the usefulness of the RPAS to mining by providing the following services:

  • Photo & video capturing
  • Infra-red surveillance and mapping
  • Distance Sensing by means of nano-sensors for the purpose of gas analysis
  • Flying over hard to reach areas to conduct close-up inspections

The use of HAEVIC RPAS or drones allows for the surveillance of big spaces from a privileged perspective, offers excellent mobility and a more ecological option, and acts as a brilliant airborne data capturing solution.

Further adding to HAEVIC’s appeal, specifically keeping the mining industry in mind, HAEVIC provides several benefits across the value chain from safety and security (search & rescue, monitoring / providing information from dangerous and difficult locations) to exploration and development (such as aerial photography and remote sensing) and productivity (stockpile mapping, mine mapping & reconciliation) to name just a few.

HAEVIC’s also has the ability to take high-resolution time lapse pictures of a site to see if the fractures have appeared in the rock faces over time for early detection so that is removes much of the risk and increases safety on site.

Through HAEVIC’s extensive array of innovative services and products available as well as HAEVIC’s years of experience coupled with expertise, HAEVIC has underlined its status as one of the country's top drone aviation establishments and will continue to push the boundaries moving forward.

At Haevic we are constantly developing new technologies which not only offer new exciting possibilities, but also plenty of additional advantages.

One such discovery is FPV (first person view) flying at night via thermal imaging cameras. What makes this so appealing is that detection at night has become a whole lot easier and this device can now be your trump card when it comes to security and game counting.

Once mounted, no one is to know it’s even around! Not only is the HAEVIC drone not visible at night, it also can’t be heard at the height it flies so for example, heat emanating from a crack in a chimney wall can be picked up making maintenance and repair work possible.

HAEVIC Drones can also be used to detect humans in fire emergencies as well as in poor visibility conditions like mist, making it the perfect instrument in the trickiest of situations.

HAEVIC Drones are turning the mining sector into an emerging frontier for new technology through the ability to monitor stockpiles, map exploration targets and track equipment, opening up a wide range of possibilities.

The lack of regulatory guidance and standards has by far been the biggest barrier to routine RPAS flight missions but this will soon be a thing of the past when the regulations are finalised and expected to be set out by March next year.

As members of The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), HAEVIC looks forward and remains committed to adhering to the regulations which according to Coetzee won’t be set in stone as the legal process continues to pan out.

With the rhino crises spiralling out of control in South Africa – it is projected that if the killing continues at the current rate, we could see rhino deaths overtaking births by 2016 – HAEVIC has jumped on board in promoting rhino conservation.

HAEVIC Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) has been developed - technology which involves the placement of a small tag in the stub that remains from the rhino’s horn after the de-horning process which occurs every two years.

A farmer is now able to fly his drone over his farm during which a signal is sent and picked up by the drone, identifying the animal. HAEVIC has since completed the first stage of tests and are currently busy finalising the accompanying software package. By helping improve the security of these precious animals, HAEVIC is certainly doing its bit in the fight against poaching.

From the 1st of July 2015 RPAS operators may register themselves as legal operators of their Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

As a pioneer in the South African RPAS industry, HAEVIC followed suit. Since July last year HAEVIC’s pilots obtained their RPA licenses from the South African Civil Aviation Authority. In adittion all of HAEVIC’s RPAS’ received their registration marks, allowing HAEVIC to legally fly their drones anywhere in South Africa.

In addition HAEVIC recently also received its Air Service License from the Department of Transport after a rigorous application process. This all means that HAEVIC can now render its service on a world class quality level while maintaining the highest standards of safety in all circumstances!

HAEVIC AgriAnalys Drone
The Most Advanced Remote Sensing & Analytics Drone System for Agriculture.
Accurate, immediate results.
Meet the amazing HAEVIC AgriAnalys Drone - an unmanned aerial vehicle able to carry a full pay load for up to 47 minutes at sea level.
Now add the state of the art Slantrange Multispectral Cameras to this platform, and you have an Agricultural Survey platform second to none!
With the payload consisting of a 3 Axis gimbal, image transmission module and 6S 10000mah Lipo battery, a flight time of up to 47 minutes can be reached.
The HAEVIC AgriAnalys Drone Platform has an exposed skeleton design. The platform comes with a high-quality glass fibre canopy.
The HAEVIC AgriAnalys drone has an easy to change battery storage compartment. The size of the battery frame is 180mm long and 65mm wide. A 6S 22.2V 10000amh up to a 15000mah battery can be installed the frame can use on the quad.
The quick foldable arm structure of the HAEVIC AgriAnalys drone can be extended within seconds without any tool using the unique patented knob design.
HAEVIC AgriAnalys drone - Light, quick foldable landing gear ensures fast deployment of the drone.

Built around the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the SLANTRANGE 3p includes powerful new on-board image processing and analytics capabilities, providing the next generation of accuracy and speed you’ve come to expect from SLANTRANGE.

Costs matter. And for small UAS operators that means the need to survey more acres per hour, more acres per flight.
The SLANTRANGE 3p’s innovative processing algorithms require only 20% image overlap, even when operating in late season row crops. Compare that to 80% overlap required by traditional processing methods – 4x less time and money spent collecting data.

No network required. No high-end computer required. The SLANTRANGE 3p starts the processing on-board, while still in flight. Complete, full-product field results are available within a few minutes of landing.
If you need to operate in areas with limited to zero network or computing accessibility, or don’t have the time to upload or process your own data, the SLANTRANGE 3p is for you.

Accuracy is essential. It is the difference between trusting the measurements you paid for, or wondering if those subtle changes in the data are actually just a result of inaccurate sensors or improperly combined sensors and software.
SLANTRANGE pioneered, and patented, a new approach to measurement accuracy with the introduction in 2014 of on-board, band-matched solar characterization and radiometric calibration.
The SLANTRANGE 3p is even more accurate. Innovative new design elements run together through the integrated hardware/software architecture to deliver the most accurate measurements available for small aircraft.

With integrated sunlight calibration, GPS, and inertial measurement units (IMU), the SLANTRANGE 3p can be operated on virtually any aircraft. All that’s required for integration is a power source and mounting location. Smart analytics eliminate the need for gimbals or vibration isolation systems for the ultimate in simplicity. Ask us about installation kits for many common aircraft types.

The HAEVIC DartGun - Welcome to the latest product developed by HAEVIC, the leading drone developer in South Africa.
Aptly named the HAEVIC DartGun, this robust platform already proved its resilience during daunting working conditions the past two years in DRC agricultural operations. Now HAEVIC crossed the boundary combining the HAEVIC SuperDrone with a unique pneumatic, all aluminum, light weight gun-attached to a potent airframe.

Developed in tandem with one of the leading gun manufacturers in South Africa, the HAEVIC DartGun was designed by a team of professionals to meet the requirements of the game industry and veterinarians alike.
With it’s heavy lift 960mm diameter carbon fiber frame and 17 inch propellers, the HAEVIC DartGun is able to lift a payload of up to 10kg. Attaching a light weight air gun to the HAEVIC SuperDrone makes this machine a remarkable nimble but fast flying performer. Able to reach a top air speed of 67km/h the pilot can follow the target during flight by means of his special live-view goggles. Using clean LiPo battery-driven motors the HAEVIC DartGun provides silent yet long endurance flying times of up to 40 minutes per operation.

Aligned with a built-in laser beam, the pilot can view the target through the on-board HD camera during flight. Pointing the laser beam on the target, the dart will find the exact spot indicated by the laser beam. Ground-breaking in the drone industry, the pilot’s goggles are linked to the movement of the HAEVIC DartGun. When the pilot moves his head up and down, the gimbal-mounted HAEVIC DartGun will follow suit and aim the gun accordingly.

As the HAEVIC DartGun is “loaded” by pressurised air prior to the operation, the HAEVIC DartGun can be safely initialised even by a novice. By increasing the pressure of air in the gun, the velocity and reach of the dart’s impact can be altered. Using the recommended air pressure the HAEVIC DartGun will be accurate up to 30 metres.

For the first time the HAEVIC DartGun provides an affordable platform for the game farmer, game capture industry and veterinarians alike. At a fraction of the cost compared to the traditional helicopter platform, the HAEVIC DartGun now opens up brand new possibilities for both the farming and veterinary communities.
Technical support, service and parts ALWAYS available, ALWAYS affordable.

The Haevic 1 Agric RPAS plane features a twin boom, inverted-V tail pusher design, with First Person View flying and aerial photography being its main purpose. The Haevic 1 is specifically designed to provide aerial support and imagery for the Precision Agricultural Farming environment as well as for monitoring extended farming areas. The professional Tetracam allows for high quality multispectral images for NDVI (Normalised Difference Vegetation Index) maps, while the bottom mounted camera helps the operator to view live image feeds while flying the plane. With this long endurance plane the farmer can inspect livestock, drinking troughs, boundary lines and detect predators from the air!

The HAEVIC DJI Mavic Pro is a small yet powerful drone that turns the sky into your creative canvas easily and without worry, helping you make every moment an aerial moment. Its compact size hides a high degree of complexity that makes it one of DJI’s most sophisticated flying cameras ever. 24 high-performance computing cores, an all-new transmission system with a 4.3mi (7km)* range,5 vision sensors, and a 4K camera stabilized by a 3-axis mechanical gimbal, are at your command with just a push of your thumb or a tap of your finger.
*Unobstructed, free of interference, when FCC compliant.

One of the first decisions to make when purchasing an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle is what configuration will suit your requirements.
Several configurations are available when considering to purchase a HAEVIC multi-propelled copter type of drone.

There is nothing worse than seeing your craft, gimbal and camera shattered into a million pieces so with an HAEVIC octocopter, it is much cheaper to replace a motor as compared to an entire quadcopter when a motor fails.

Flying without a redundant motor is not only a hazard to your equipment, but also to others so being able to recover from a malfunctioning motor is important.

HAEVIC Octocopters can lift more weight. More motors mean more thrust and more thrust means more weight which allow you to fly with more cameras and lenses.

The BBC famously made their hexacopter debut in October last year which allowed them to film locations and angles that previously would not have been possible when they published a story on wh