The American-Made CAP50 Drone Takes Flight

Maysville, Kentucky, U.S.A. (March 2023) Carlson Software has released the American made Carlson Aerial Platform (CAP50). The CAP50 UAS can be used in surveying, construction, engineering, mining, quarry and mapping applications and offers up to 6lbs of payload capacity. It features multiple payload options for photogrammetry, LiDAR, and bathymetry.


The CAP50 has a 22-minute flight time with a 5lbs payload and has been tested against 50mph winds with maximum payload. The onboard omnidirectional collision avoidance system is LiDAR range finder-based and works in both day and night conditions.

“We wanted to offer a US-made drone to anyone in search of a US-made option,” says Derek Roche, Carlson Product Manager and Sales Director. “With regulations against foreign drones flying in government airspace, the CAP50 is more than capable and stands out from other options on the market in terms of capability, quality, and durability.”

CAP50 CameraPayload

The quadcopter features a carbon fiber frame and has 465KV motors rotating 18.5” carbon fiber propellers powered by a rechargeable 22.8V 6S 25,0­00mAh battery. Onboard is a RTK GNSS that utilizes a LiDAR range finder for altitude accuracy and vertical stability. The CAP50 can be programmed and controlled via an included flight controller with a touch screen.

Carlson software packages and bundles are available to suit the workflow, application, and the capture method of all CAP50 payload options. This includes Carlson PhotoCapture for photogrammetry as well as Carlson Point Cloud Basic and Advanced for LiDAR and Bathymetric data.

For more information on the CAP50, its compatible payload options, and partnered software solutions offered by Carlson, visit

About Carlson

Founded in 1983, Carlson Software Inc. specializes in CAD design software, field data collection, laser measurement and machine control products for the civil engineering, surveying, GIS, construction, and mining industries worldwide, providing one-source technology solutions for the entire project cycle. Carlson Software is headquartered in Maysville, KY., U.S.A., with branch offices in Boston, MA; Almere, The Netherlands; Victoria, Australia; Ottawa, Canada; and York, England.