According to the company, the APX-15 UAV is designed to maximize the efficiency of mapping from small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) by reducing, or even eliminating, ground control points. The solution also significant reduces sidelap – therefore, increasing the area flown per mission.
With the included POSPac UAV post-mission software, the APX-15 UAV produces a highly accurate position and orientation solution for direct geo-referencing of cameras, LIDARs and other UAS sensors, Applanix explains.
The solution, measuring just 6 cm x 6.7 cm and weighing only 60 grams, features a high-performance, survey-grade, multi-frequency global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receiver and low-noise micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) inertial sensors all on a single board.
‘Applanix has recognized the need to provide the growing UAS mapping market with the same highly efficient solutions that it pioneered for airborne mapping over 15 years ago,’ says Joe Hutton, director of inertial technology and airborne products at Applanix.
The company expects the APX-15 UAV to be available worldwide in the first quarter of 2015 through the Applanix sales channel.