Draganfly, Pix4D Partner to Provide Terrain Mapping and Modeling Package

Unmanned aerial system (UAS) manufacturer Draganfly Innovations has partnered with Pix4D to combine Draganflyer small UAS with the Pix4D software package.

Draganfly says this combination results in a UAS capable of acquiring highly accurate aerial imagery for mapping, surveying and creating 3D modeling. The Pro Solution Pack from Draganfly includes a Draganflyer Guardian or Draganflyer X4-ES aerial platform with a high-resolution 20 MP 1-inch sensor payload or Tetracam multispectral payload and Pix4Dmapper software.

According to the company, the Draganflyer ground control station software generates preflight grid pattern flight plans that provide automated image overlap optimized for the Pix4Dmapper software. The system performs an automated grid search and stays within the confines of the grid to create square corners and eliminate over-flight of bordering property.

Pix4D software converts thousands of aerial images into geo-referenced 2D mosaics and 3D surface models and point clouds, Draganfly notes. Pix4Dmapper features advanced support of ground control points for optimal geo-location and proposes both a ‘full processing’ mode and ‘rapid check’ mode that allows operators to assess the quality of acquired data while still on-site.

Draganfly adds that the Pix4Dmapper includes the ‘rayCloud’ that combines the 3D point cloud generated by Pix4Dmapper with the original still images for easy viewing. The rayCloud editor lets users assess, edit, interpret and improve their results directly in the software.

Pro Solution Packs will be offered by Draganfly in the second quarter of this year, with the Draganflyer Guardian or Draganflyer X4-ES system as the platform. A customer-supplied Windows laptop is required to run Pix4D software at the job site and perform preflight planning, the company notes.


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