We have a new phone number: +49 521 95037800
You can of course also send us a message to info@3rd-element.com.

UPDATE: You can reach us again under our old phone number: +49 521 25270844

Exactly one year ago, on 26th June 2017, we decided to become the Third Element Aviation GmbH. A good reason to celebrate!

A lot has happened in the passed year: our first successful product ConVecDro went on the market, we were at the “Hannover Messe”, moved to our new location, got new team members, found new business partners and initiated many new projects. As a result, we do not only offer mapping and surveying solutions, but also support for pilots during offshore challenges and innovative solutions for the detection of landmines with radar technology.

Everyday we put all our effort into the implementation of these exciting projects to expand our service portfolio. We look forward to the future with many more fascinating ideas and challenges.

Stay tuned!


As of today, we are happy to present our new offices at Oeko-Tech Park Bielefeld. The old water tower from 1926 has been part of Windel Bleaches for many years. Today it is part of a modern industry park with approx 100 companies on site.

Our new offices can be found at level 4, 5 and 6 of this impressive building!

Further, we are now able to do demonstrations, tests and workshops on site, with a magnificent landscape of industry roofs, chimneys, grass areas and old pipings.

We could not be happier!


Together with Definetz e.V., Third Element Aviation is the new technology partner for project Defikopter. The innovative and exciting project has been part of CEOs Benjamins Wiens’ and Marius Schröder’s career for several years already.

“With the ConVecDro technology platform we have achieved many features that are crucial for Defikopter applications – from a rain proof chassis over an extended range of up to 15 kilometers to innovative safety features. It makes us proud and happy to see Third Element Aviation being on board in this project” says CEO Marius Schröder.

“Quietly and without speaking up”, says Friedrich Nölle of Definetz “we are hoping to achieve a general permission for using Defikopter in 2019, to begin building up an infrastructure in Bielefeld.”

More information on the project (german only): http://definetz.eu/index.php/news/nachrichten/80-defikopter-die-zweite-generation

We are delighted, happy and grateful for being Founders of the Month this November in “Das kommt aus Bielefeld”.


The portal, magazine and initiative “Das kommt aus Bielefeld” promotes Bielefeld and Ostwestfalen as an attractive and aspiring region that has a lot to offer. We are very proud to be part of this region and of it’s unique and recently very active startup community.

Read more here (german only): das kommt aus bielefeld

The lidar solution

After weeks of integrating and testing the system in many different applications, countries and scenarios, we are very pleased to introduce the ConVecDro LIDAR package. Built around our amazing ConVecDro drone platform and Routescene’s amazing LidarPod, this lidar drone solution allows land surveyors a wide range of mapping applications. With a net flight time of >22 minutes with the lidar system attached, the system collects up to 700.000 points per second and can cover an area of up to 110 hectares in a single day (including setup times, battery charing, etc.)

Best in class flexibility

The flexible integration is completely detachable. This allows ConVecDro to be transported more easily and to transform from lidar drone configuration into a high-quality photogrammetry solution in less than three minutes. Making it the one stop shop for advanced mapping and surveying.

Systems start at just 17.500 €. Don’t hesitate to contact our sales team!

Today marks the day we have launched ConVecDro. Our first UAS platform boasts high wind stability, a very sturdy and lightweight laminated frame, six precise engines with made in Germany controller technology, ultra-flexible payload options and flight times of up to 50 minutes. We could not be more proud of this big step!

In the upcoming weeks we will launch several application packages for ConVecDro, starting with great mapping and surveying equipment for photogrammety and LIDAR scanning. The basic package will start at just 25.000 € NET and we will start shipping units in late August this year. Again, we could not be more excited and proud.

Our sales team is available anytime at sales@3rd-element.com for further information on ConVecDro, application options, pricing and leasing option. Do not hesitate to contact us any time!

In the name of Third Element Aviation, we are proud to announce taking another major step forward. As of April 10 out company will have a new home. Totaling almost 400 square meters of offices, production, development and warehouse, our new seat will be in Bielefeld’s Elsternstraße.

The close link to the technology center Bielefeld, the great traffic connection and the central location were not the only motivation behind this move.

The building itself is ideal for our demands and allows for an even better connection of vital processes like development, production and sales. Further the generous space has enough potential for expansions and bigger projects.

We could not be happier!  

Starting from the first research into elements in Ancient Greece, the five elements earth, water, air, fire and aether were the key components on which everything was based on. In this context, air is usually listed as the third element.

Looking at the development of technology, similar approaches can be found. After roaming the earth and developing seafaring to cross the seas, the air was the third “element” that was explored and conquered by men through aviation.

Third Element hence is a synonym for air, aviation and for the inner drive to conquer this “element” through technology.

In early 2017 Benjamin Wiens and Marius Schröder left their former employer, one of the oldest and most established professional drone manufacturers in Germany, and decided to stand on their own two feet.

Their vision

To create, produce and market drones that are perfectly tailored for professional demands and applications.

All existing solutions on the market were pretty good, some of them showing interesting innovations, but none of them was even close to their vision. The market was still lacking highly professional, certified and rigid systems, hindering many potential users from integrating drones into their applications and workflows.

Together with robotics expert Blue Ocean Robotics from Odense, Denmark, the two entrepreneurs founded Third Element Aviation GmbH i.G. on 21.03.2017 in Bielefeld. Besides seed capital, the partnership to Denmark also brought in extensive know-how in workflow integration, programming and automation.

On the other hand Blue Ocean were missing an airborne supplement to their stationary and ground-bound systems. With these synergies behind them, all three parties signed the shareholders agreement and started into a great future.

Third Element Aviation