No, Venture and Wavesight flight is completely automatic. This allows the user to plan a mission on the ground station PC and fly this mission in a complete automatic fashion, from takeoff until landing.
Question: Does Venture and Wavesight UAV family need to be manually controlled during flight?
Question: Does Venture and Wavesight UAV require maintenance for regular safe and reliable operation? If yes, how often?
Yes, but very little. Like any technical machine, bith Venture and Wavesight use wearable parts that need to be checked and/or replaced after a predefined amount of working hours. As a general rule, batteries and motors are the most wearable parts that should be replaced when their life expires.
Operating hanbook supplied with the unit provides all information about maintenance actions and how often are required.
Question: Is the aeromapping camera automatically operated by the autopilot, thus shooting in predefind points only, or is working continously on intervalometer?
Both Venture and Wavesight autopilot operates the camera in automatic, based on the flight planning. Pictures are taken only when needed avoiding the UAV shooting useles pictures during turns and/or any other moments when they should not be taken. More, shooting only upon reaching desired GPS shooting position, resulting picture overlap is as desired, especially during windy condition when head/tail wind components could lead to undesired overapping values.
All this features togheter grants optimal mapping performance in all condition with more than 95% of pictures usable by post-processing software.