What is a drone or UAV’s payload?
The technical definition is “the amount of additional weight that a UAV can carry.”
Typically, this has referred to the weight of the camera, since that is the most common installed equipment.
But as drone and UAV technology advances, this meaning is evolving with it!
One of the reasons explaining why the drone market is experiencing a rapid growth is their lifting capacity. Thanks to that, they are able to carry a broad range of sensors, from the tiniest pocket camera to the heaviest measuring devices.
Therefore, knowing precisely the lifting ability a drone possesses is fundamental.
That technical specification is often given under the “Payload” term. However, it seems that not everybody is using this word for the same meaning.
To understand better this misconception, let’s have a look at the classical aeronautical terms referring to this subject. As closely related to the commercial drone world, the aviation industry is a perfect guideline:
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