Aerospace

Long range, lidar-equipped drones for surveying work

12 October 2021
The new lidar-integrated drone can fly 70 meters from powerlines and doubles the transmission of previous generations. Source: Microdrones

Microdrones has launched a new lidar integrated drone system for surveying work that covers a long range and creates and maintains digital twins of their assets and project sites.

Called the mdLiDAR1000LR drone, the unmanned aerial system (UAS) can capture data from a longer range and greater distance per flight, allowing larger projects to be completed more efficiently, Microdrones said.

The drone allows more efficiency in survey equipment, software, workflow, training and support in the field.

Microdrones said that lidar-integrated drones are making a serious impact for specialists across many professions in terms of data collection and generation of geospatial deliverables.

“The mdLiDAR1000LR increases the distance from which details can be captured,” said Frank Darmayan, COO at Microdrones. “It can capture powerline details at 75m for distribution and 90m for transmission, effectively doubling the range of our mdLiDAR1000HR system. Flying at 70m from the powerlines, at 8m/s allows for efficient location of the powerlines with roughly 10 points per linear meter and capturing great detail of the towers.”

The company also offers drones as a service to give users a chance to rent or buy a drone for surveying equipment along with software packages.

To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com


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