Ultralight Aircraft and Lidar Acquisition of Power Lines

In August 2015, IMAO performed its first flights with an Ultralight Savannah ST – a two-seat ultralight aircraft – for Lidar and photo acquisitions in the south-west of France for Omexom (Vinci Energies Group). This was the first project in which IMAO had used an ultralight aircraft for power-line applications. Its success bodes very well for future acquisitions in this field. IMAO had been very closely interested in this new tool for a while. The company, which specialises in acquiring aerial photos and Lidar by aircraft, began last year and purchased the ultralight. This summer, IMAO flew 300km sections of high-voltage lines for Omexom, in various French... (read more)
2015-11-25 09:01:51

Diamond Aircraft Industries and Tiltan Systems Engineering form Partnership

Diamond Aircraft Industries (Germany) and Tiltan Systems Engineering (Israel) have announced a partnership to provide Lidar data processing services to Lidar operators and other customers.The service partnership will generate 2D and 3D GIS information from customer Lidar data. The service partnership leverages Diamond Aircraft Industries owned Diamond Systems computer centre located near Frankfurt, Germany, remote sensing project experience from Diamond Airborne Sensing GmbH and Tiltan's TLiD solution.   The partnership will first address the European market offering Lidar operators and GIS companies a service of Lidar data processing, transforming Lidar geo-referenced point cloud into GIS layers in a much shorter time... (read more)
2007-10-02 12:00:00

Airborne Technologies to Perform Sensor Aircraft Demos at Intergeo

This year, Intergeo is being held just a stone’s throw away from the Essen Mühlheim Airport in Germany. Airborne Technologies plans to use this opportunity to bring one of its sensor aircrafts to the event, to give interested visitors the chance to inspect it and perhaps even experience a demo flight. The Austrian company Airborne Technologies, founded in 2008 by seven leading experts in the field of aerial sensing, now employs 35 people and has established a good reputation in the surveying community. The company’s ability for interdisciplinary work and for uniting the full work flow know-how under one roof... (read more)
2013-09-23 11:43:12

LiDARUSA Offers New Aircraft to Carry Full Range of UAV Scanners

LiDARUSA, a leading company in the design and integration of Lidar sensors, has announced a partnership with Innoflight Technology, a manufacturer specializing in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or 'drone') systems for surveying, mapping and inspection. As a result of the partnership, LiDARUSA is offering the Galaxy 950 platform to carry any of its sensors while consistently providing flight times of over 30 minutes.  Innoflight and LiDARUSA’s partnership is another step for both companies to offer turn-key solutions focused on quickly and safely acquiring high-quality data. Innoflight designed the Galaxy 950 to simplify the flying aspect of remote sensing with UAV.... (read more)
2019-10-28 11:28:33

3001 and LandAir Join Operations

3001 LandAir (GA, USA) combines the sensors and production capabilities of 3001 Inc. with the aircraft and flight operations of LandAir Mapping Inc. Sensors include a Zeiss DMC digital aerial camera, two Leica ADS40 digital aerial cameras, a Leica RC30 aerial photographic camera, and two Leica ALS50 LIDAR sensors. The fleet consists of three Cessna 401 twin-engine aircraft, two Cessna 402 twin-engine aircraft, and one Learjet 23 aircraft. All aircrafts are equipped with airborne GPS and flight management systems. (read more)
2005-03-18 12:00:00

First UAV Flight from Unmanned Boat

The newest aircraft carrier does not have acres of flight deck. In fact, it has no deck at all. Rather than carrying a crew of thousands, it sails without a soul on board. Yet the aircraft that it operates can fly much longer and further than anything based on a fleet leviathan. That aircraft is Aerovel’s 20kg Flexrotor, which combines VTOL and a small footprint with a Hawaii-to-West Coast range. The carrier is a 4-metre skiff equipped to launch, retrieve and service the Flexrotor automatically. In what are believed to be the first-ever flight cycles of an unmanned aircraft based... (read more)
2013-10-25 10:19:45

Back to Helicopters

Southern Mapping Company (SMC) staff started with Airborne Lidar (Light Detection and ranging) in the early 90's, using helicopters as airborne platforms for the technology. Later, both helicopters and fixed wing aircraft were used and most recently only fixed wing aircraft. SMC chief executive Peter Moir conducted all the test flying together with the South African Civil Aviation authority to have the Lidar equipment and airborne cameras approved for flying. SMC has now made the decision to reinstate the use of helicopters for certain applications, such as linear surveys when needed on roads, rail, pipelines and power lines. Fixed wing... (read more)
2010-06-24 03:23:20

Maiden Flight for Australian Air Survey Plane

GippsAero, the Australian aircraft manufacturer and subsidiary of the Mahindra Group, has successfully completed the first flight of its new aircraft, the GA10. The aircraft, which is the first single turboprop to be designed and developed in Australia, is a 10-seat multi-role aircraft based on the GA8 AIRVAN utility aircraft. The first flight took place at GippsAero’s home base at Latrobe Regional Airport in eastern Victoria on Tuesday 1 May 2012. The GA10 fits a niche in the market and will suit a wide range of applications from passenger and freight work to air survey and surveillance roles. Test pilot... (read more)
2012-05-23 09:04:02

Sensing Beyond the Visible

SPECIM, Spectral Imaging, Finland, and Airborne Technologies, Austria, have agreed about collaboration which aims at providing the airborne remote sensing market with turnkey multiple sensor aircraft. Specim is to provide high-performance hyperspectral sensors for the aircraft.   Traditional sensors acquire geometrical information. Hyperspectral sensors acquire detailed information about the condition and chemical composition of targets which could not be captured so far.   Airborne Technologies integrates hyperspectral imaging with other sensors, like laser scanners and digital cameras and installs the sensor package in preferred aircraft.     (read more)
2009-10-12 01:53:26

Pushing Lidar to the Limits

High-resolution Bathymetric Lidar from Slow-flying Aircraft
Airborne bathymetric Lidar is an ideal tool to study underwater features in the usually rather clear waters along the coast of Australia. Due to the remoteness of many of the continent’s coastlines, this is often the only economically viable option for large-scale bathymetric mapping at high resolution. A new toolkit consisting of two airborne Lidar systems flown on a small and slow-flying research motorglider was trialled in NW Western Australia. The same technology will be used over the next three years in the context of a comprehensive study of submerged archaeological landscapes of the so-called ’Sea Country’, more than 1,000km... (read more)
2017-02-06 09:15:23
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