Inside Unmanned Systems

JUN-JUL 2019

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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44  June/July 2019 unmanned systems inside LIDAR AND BVLOS UAVS: ENABLING THE ULTIMATE SOLUTION FOR HIGHLY EFFICIENT MAPPING B eyond Visual Line of Site projects are not yet allowed ever y where, but in some instances BVLOS-oriented technology is being used to deliver optimal surveying and mapping accuracy and efficiency. Last fall exciting things happened in the air above the Autobahn in Germany, where construction giant Strabag SE utilized a Microdrones mdMapper1000DG for corridor mapping BVLOS. Microdrones was able to meet the German requirements for conducting BVLOS in uncontrolled airspace. In Germany BVLOS is possible thanks to a unique rela- tionship between Deutsche Telekom and German Air Traffic Control. An Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM) system can locate, monitor and track drones connected over the Deutsche Telekom mobile network (LTE). This allows for safe f light-BVLOS operations. This case is just one example of the expanding range of ultimate solutions now being offered w ith LiDAR and WEBINAR RECAP LiDAR AND BVLOS UAVS BVLOS UAVs. The project was discussed in the recent Inside Unmanned Systems webinar titled "LiDA R and BV LOS UAVs: Enabling the Ultimate Solution for Highly Eff icient Mapping." Webinar moderator Major General James Poss (Ret.) was im- pressed by the key roles UAS are playing in search and rescue efforts, surveying and mapping, and inspections of pipelines, bridges and mines—to name just a few use cases. He's eager to see how implementing LiDAR into more and more applications will continue to be a game-changer in terms of better data and resolution, as well as for ROI. "We're talking about a few centimeters here [of accuracy] and it's actually going to be fantastic to see what that navigation enables with modern LiDARs. I'm excited about this," Poss commented. Poss served as moderator for the recent webinar on LiDAR and BVLOS UAVs. The event, sponsored by Trimble, Applanix LiDAR technology continues its emergence as an important tool for increased surveying and mapping accuracy and eff iciency—even as providers await regulatory relief to allow them to fly beyond visual line of sight. by Stan Goff Photos courtesy of RIEGL.

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