M8FD Heavy Lift Drone (20KG)

This heavy-lift drone is our largest and most capable delivery UAV. Capable of a carrying up to 44lbs and flying up to 50 minutes (based on payload and conditions). Optional parachute and a patent-pending quick-swap payload bay make this a smart drone for logistics and other commercial jobs. 


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Looking for a drone with a big payload? You found it! Our M8FD is the perfect balance between payload and flight time. Use this heavy lift drone for moving equipment, or to carry large sensors or payloads. How about flying for 40 minutes with your payload! Think of all of the work you can accomplish covering a ton of area with precision and a reliable aircraft. Don’t trust your precious payload to some homemade drone… buy something proven that will protect your assets, lessen the pilot stress and most importantly – accomplish the job with less time and money! 

The M8FD heavy lift drone has massive 30″ propellers allowing it to remain stable in heavy winds and higher elevations. Like all of our Commercial Heavy Lift drones, the M8FD also has a quick-swap payload system. You can easily flip a latch and swap cameras, spot lights, megaphones, or even payload delivery devices (logistics, couriers delight!) Lower a first-aid kit to a stranded person, or bring the tools up the hillside where your truck can’t make it. Or lug around whatever other heavy equipment you need. 

Check out the long list of optional quick-swap payloads you can carry with this hardworking drone!

  • Advanced 5-lens mapping camera
  • Dual Optical / Thermal cameras with/without zoom
  • Advanced Object Tracking Module
  • Multispectral & RGB Cameras
  • Drone Delivery Device / Logistics Payload
  • Drone Emergency-Drop Device (SAR/Emergency Management)
  • Spotlight
  • Drone Speaker / Megaphone
  • Optional Parachute

Of course, we’ve included all of the drone safety tech like redundant motors (if one fails, the aircraft can still safely land.. a big deal to protect your payload), automatic return to home, and a fully automatic drone ground station for comprehensive flight planning. All backed by 100% U.S. based warranty, training and support!  

See the long list of included Safety & Tech in the “Features” tab. *Your flight times may vary based on conditions; features are subject to change without notice*

Why buy from HSE?

  • One of America’s oldest industrial drone companies; here to stay!
  • U.S.  Support
  • U.S. Warranty & Parts
  • U.S. Training
  • Full-Service (FAA guidance, drone financing / leasing)
  • Factory-Direct Pricing
  • FAA Approved Aircraft
  • Try Before you Buy (attend a free demo)
  • Veteran & Family Owned

UAV Features

System Design Safety
  • Tested, Ready to Fly (RTF)
  • GPS, fully autonomous Commercial Autopilot
  • Ground Station for flight planning
  • Long-Range Remote Control
  • Telemetry Communications Kit (up to 10km)
  • Real-Time Flight Data & Monitoring
  • Manufacturer’s Limited Warranty*
  • U.S. Based Support, Training and Warranty Service
  • Carbon Fiber frame with Aerospace Aluminum
  • Modular design for easy maintenance/repairs
  • Quick-release Payload Mount System (patent pending)
  • Quick-folding Motor Arms, easy to transport
  • Double and triple strength stress tested
  • ISO 9001 Factory Certification
  • ISO 14001 Factory Certification
  • Automatic or User-activated Return to Home (RTH)
  • Optional Parachute
  • Battery Powered – no spark / no fuel to transport
  • Low Battery Alerts and RTH
  • Lost Communications RTH
  • Motor Arming Procedure (ground safety)
  • Emergency Motor Off feature
  • 6 or 8 rotor Failsafe (Motor Loss Protection)
  • Full Blackbox flight recorder and on-board diagnostics engine
  • Carbon Fiber Propellers
  • Double and triple avionic redundancy (optional)
  • High-Bright Navigation LED lighting
  • HSE Professional Flight Training (recommended)

Features subject to change without notice. *Contact us for full terms, limitations and exclusions.

UAV Specifications


Configuration – 8-rotor (VTOL)
Flight Time (empty) – 50 min
Flight Time (payload) – 35-40 min (22lbs / 10kg)

Flight Time (full payload) – 15-25 min (44lbs / 20kg)
Max Fly Speed – 22 mph (10 m/s)
Wind Rating (stable) – 25-31 mph (11-13.5 m/s)
Frame Wheelbase – 70 inches (1800 mm)
Weight (without batteries) – 30.86 lbs (14 kg)
Useable Payload (after batteries) – 44 lbs (20 kg)
Max Takeoff Weight (MTOW) – 119 lbs (54 kg)

Max Altitude 11,482 ft (3500 m) ASL
Propeller Style- 18 inches, fixed, x8
Propulsion System- Electric, 6x 22,000mAh batteries


Flight Radius (configurable)- 1 mile+

Data Link Range- up to 6.2mi (10km)
Parachute (optional)- Yes
Quick-Release Payload System- Yes
Safety Motor Redundancy- Yes, octocopter
Encrypted Communications (configurable)- Standard for R/C, optional for Data/Video

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