Inside Unmanned Systems

APR-MAY 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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25 unmanned systems inside April/May 2017 ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. S pecialized in geomatics, aerial photogrammetr y, and 3-D geo-referenced land and ba- thy metr y mapping, Nantes-based Heliceo aims to design, produce and distribute complete end-to-end solu- tions for a number of application do- mains. Its product line includes fully au- tomated, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) airplanes, multirotor drones and unmanned catamarans as well as terrestrial photogrammetry solutions. All of Heliceo's systems work with the company's cost-reducing DroneBox RTK, a nifty one-of-a-kind modular 'plug-and-play' unit—a box that pops into and out of any of the company's various unmanned vehicles and more conventional hand-held solutions. The DroneBox incorporates a GNSS geodetic map, telemetry, communica- tion, archiving, autopilot, flight control- ler and avionics, and can be custom-fit- ted depending on mission requirements. Heliceo also offers a full line of ser- vices, training and access to the photo- grammetric chain required to process topographic data. Heliceo's CEO Jean-François Baudet spoke to Inside Unmanned Systems from the company's new offices in San Francisco, where staff have been set- tling in since last December. "We are moving into North America because of the size of the market," Baudet said. "It is a very concrete op- portunity, with 12,000 quarries, 2,000 open pit mines and hundreds of thou- sands of construction sites all over the country. It is also the number one market in the world in terms of drone technologies." "IT IS A VERY CONCRETE OPPORTUNITY, WITH 12,000 QUARRIES, 2,000 OPEN PIT MINES AND HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF CONSTRUCTION SITES ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. IT IS ALSO THE NUMBER ONE MARKET IN THE WORLD IN TERMS OF DRONE TECHNOLOGIES." Jean-François Baudet, CEO, Helicio

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