Klau Geomatics Releases Mapping Payload for DJI M3000

Klau Geomatics has released a new mapping payload for DJI M3000 that weighs just under 1 kilogram. A KlauPPK module mounted via the Klau Geomatics Sony gimbal connects straight into the DJI bayonet mount, together with an RX12r camera. The payload (gimbal and camera) weighs a little less than 1 kilogram. The payload is independent of the drone; there is no data connection to the drone. Photos are therefore only on the camera, which is stabilized and tilted via remote control. Klau Geomatics says that flying with this payload eliminates the need for ground control points (GCPs), but the company recommends... (read more)
2020-07-01 10:29:44

DroneMetrex Launches Solution for Directly Georeferenced Mapping from a UAV

DroneMetrex, an Australian manufacturer of the TopoDrone photogrammetric mapping UAV systems, has introduced a solution for directly georeferenced mapping from UAVs. According to the company, the difference and main advantage of DroneMetrex's direct georeferencing solution is that it encompasses post-processed kinematic (PPK) principles. DroneMetrex managing director Tom Tadrowski explained that the company moved in this direction because real-time kinematic (RTK) has radio-link issues and distance issues. It is limited to the telemetry range and other radio frequency interferences (such as terrain, vegetation, buildings, atmospheric conditions). RTK accuracy reduces as distance increases. If loss of radio frequency or telemetry during the flight... (read more)
2014-11-26 02:26:54

SBG Systems Releases Virtual Base Station Feature in Qinertia

SBG Systems is introducing the Virtual Base Station feature in its in-house post-processing software called Qinertia. Geospatial professionals benefit from an optimal centimetric position accuracy in all their projects, even for corridor mapping and in poorly covered RTK areas. Qinertia is SBG Systems’ in-house GNSS and INS post-processing software. It gives access to offline RTK corrections from more than 7,000 base stations located in 164 countries. Trajectory and orientation are then greatly improved by processing inertial data and raw GNSS observables in forward and backward directions. Corridor survey accuracy Qinertia PPK software now includes a brand new Virtual Base Stations... (read more)
2020-10-21 09:19:58

Satlab Introduces Multiconstellation GNSS UAV/RTK Receiver

Swedish baseds and GIS equipment manufacturer Satlab Geosolutions has announced the availability of its multiconstellation GNSS UAV/RTK and heading receiver solution. With the new UAV/RTK receiver, the company aims to bring professional high-precision positioning in a very compact and lightweight design concept, enabling connection to almost all UAV autopilots available on the market today. The UAV/RTK Receiver has integrated 4G GSM modem and a configurable radio modem for receiving RTK correction from CORS networks as well as from dedicated GNSS base stations. For configuration of UAV/RTK Receiver parameters, the unit is equipped with Bluetooth connectivity for Android and Windows smart... (read more)
2017-05-17 09:49:09

UAS Captures Near-infra-red Mapping Data

DroneMetrex has announced that near-infra-red (NIR) mapping data has been captured with the TopoDrone-100. The radiometric quality has been achieved because DroneMetrex specialists performed the necessary camera modifications and have designed the external filters specifically to match the requirements for accurate, discriminative vegetation mapping. According to DroneMetrex, this is the first time in the UAV’s mapping history that NIR imagery has been captured at this level of quality. From the one flight sortie, TopoDrone-100 users are able to perform vegetation analysis mapping as well as 3D contours/DTM mapping. DroneMetrex offers their Extended Spectrum Mapping (ESM) camera modification as an option... (read more)
2015-04-28 02:54:21

SimActive Software Used with eBee X for Shoreline Mapping

SimActive, a world-leading developer of photogrammetry software, has announced that Correlator3D is being used for mapping projects in Brittany, France, by Altimedias. An eBee X equipped with a senseFly S.O.D.A. 3D camera is flown along the shoreline to produce high-resolution true orthomosaics and 3D models. “The quality of outputs from Correlator3D is exceptional and the mosaic renders the vivid colours of the Pink Granite Coast,” said Didier Wasselin, COO at Altimedias. “Such results are very useful for heritage conservation and decision-making by local authorities.” “The combination of SimActive software and senseFly eBee Plus X is an ideal combination, due to... (read more)
2019-04-16 11:51:44

PolyExplore Unveils High-Precision UAV Lidar Mapping System

PolyExplore has launched the Polyscanner LS1, a high-precision Lidar mapping system designed for UAVs and other aerial platforms. Based around advanced solid-state Lidar technology, the Polyscanner LS1 uses an innovative scanning pattern and focused field of view (FOV) to create a dense point cloud with a detection range of over 200 metres. This latest addition to the Polyscanner family of aerial mapping platforms incorporates PolyExplore’s Polynav 2000 precision GNSS-aided INS (inertial navigation system) technology, featuring a dual-frequency, dual-antenna, quad-constellation PPK/RTK capable receiver with centimeter-level accuracy and a tactical grade IMU. Sensor fusion post-processing software is also included as part of... (read more)
2020-09-24 10:03:35

DJI’s Metric Camera for Aerial Surveying

DJI has released the X4S camera, a lightweight version of the large aerial cameras carried in manned aircraft. How do aerial or metric cameras differ to a DSLR? An aerial mapping camera is primarily designed to have a low distortion metric lens and reliable construction to maintain its calibration. To achieve this the cameras have very few moving parts, particularly those that would affect the lens focal length. Aerial camera lenses are very high quality and virtually distortion free. This, and a constant lens focal length, means that every pixel is in the right place. 3D mapping from photogrammetry is based on... (read more)
2018-03-19 11:43:13

New Unmanned Aerial Photogrammetric Mapping Solution

Drone manufacturer ScientificAerospace together with mapping company DroneMetrex from Adelaide, Australia, has developed a photogrammetric mapping solution that offers new possibilities for the geospatial industry. Building on the advantages of ScientificAerospace’s experience over eight years on six continents, its technically advanced multi-rotor unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) creates synergy with DroneMetrex’s mapping accuracy technology to produce an innovative and complete photogrammetric mapping system: the TopoDrone-4Scight. The TopoDrone-4Scight (TD-4Scight) easily collects photogrammetric mapping data of great accuracy (20mm horizontal and better than 25mm vertical) for rapid integration into a wide range of industries including surveying, urban mapping, civil engineering, mining, agriculture, bridge and dam wall mapping, post... (read more)
2016-06-01 10:23:07

Surveying a Complete Island in the Maldives

In December 2016, Aeromao – in collaboration with Foresight Surveyors – completed a full photogrammetric survey mission with an Aeromapper Talon over one of the most unique and exotic islands in the Maldives. In total, the mission surveyed an area of approximately 1 square kilometre at a ground sample distance (GSD) of 2cm/pixel. The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flew at a cruise altitude of 100m AGL and collected 1,422 photos with an amazing level of detail. A digital surface model (DSM), orthophoto and point cloud were generated using Pix4DMapper. Despite the 2-hour flight-endurance capability of the Aeromapper Talon, the mission was... (read more)
2017-05-17 08:21:39
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