Inside Unmanned Systems

JUN-JUL 2017

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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35 unmanned systems inside June/July 2017 market," he said. "They'd already thought about the necessary integration so that camera systems work in the air. We knew we could leverage their experience and technology to deliver a complete integrated LiDAR solution and better support our customer needs and questions." RIEGL's first joint project with Applanix was the integration of Applanix POSPac direct georeferencing GNSS and inertial technology with RIEGL LMS-Q40 and LMS-Q560 air- borne sensors in 2004. "They offered a stream- lined hardware and software workf low that's almost push button for the customer," Vargas said. "They put in trajectory information, push a few buttons and they're good to go—our cus- tomers go from the field to post-processing to delivery very quickly." In 2008, that relationship was further solidi- fied with the VMX 250 turnkey laser scanning solution, RIEGL's first dual headed integrated mobile system that includes fully integrated and calibrated laser scanners and IMU/GNSS. More recently, RIEGL unveiled the RiCOPTER, a remotely piloted aircraft that incorporates the APX-15 UAV GNSS/IMU direct georeferencing board, first introduced in 2014 by Applanix. The evolutionary APX-15 incorporates a small single OEM board with a precision GNSS receiver and inertial sensor components plus post-mission Differential GNSS-Inertial of- fice software—all in a package that weighs 60 grams and measures 6 cm x 6.7 cm. Combined with the POSPac UAV post-mission software, the APX-15 is able to produce a highly accu- rate position and orientation solution for direct georeferencing of cameras, LiDARs and other UAS sensors. "Bottom line," Vargas said, "w ith the Applanix partnership, we can focus on sensors and our customers can focus on data—not the specifics of an IMU or GPS. Applanix provides a very tightly coupled INS that integrates with our sensors. They work out all the math and processing to get a solution that works every time, all the time. It just works." Beneath the River Thames Beyond the need for smaller and lighter solu- tions, today's navigation tools are being asked to work in ever more challenging locations. The Port of London Authority (PLA), for in- stance, sought to perform hydrographic survey For today's high- precision LiDAR to work effectively, from data acquisition all the way to automated and semi-automated feature extraction, the integration between the GNSS and the LiDAR is critical to its success. Andres Vargas, System Applications and Integration Specialist, Airborne at RIEGL "BOTTOM LINE, WITH THE APPLANIX PARTNERSHIP, WE CAN FOCUS ON SENSORS AND OUR CUSTOMERS CAN FOCUS ON DATA—NOT THE SPECIFICS OF AN IMU OR GPS."

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