Livermore, Calif.-based Topcon Positioning Systems says it has received a commercial exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for aerial data collection.
The Sirius Pro and Sirius Basic, the UAS for which Topcon received the exemption, provide automated mapping of a wide range of sites – regardless of terrain – including construction sites, mines and quarries. They can also be used for land surveying and transmission and pipeline inspection, as well as for agricultural operations such as field mapping and livestock management.
With the Sirius Pro model, Topcon eliminates the need for ground control points by combining real-time kinematic global navigation satellite solutions with precision timing technology to provide accurate mapping results.
‘This exemption is exciting news for the U.S. marketplace,’ says Eduardo Falcon, executive vice president and general manager of the Topcon GeoPositioning Solutions Group. ‘It allows Topcon to be a resource for end-users and provide UAS demonstrations and training. Aerial data collection has a strong impending impact on all the industries we serve, and the possibilities for survey, construction, and agricultural applications are seemingly limitless.
‘Building on the success the Sirius models have already seen in the European and Australian markets, this exemption allows Topcon to expand on that momentum in the U.S.,’ he adds.