ING Robotic Aviation, a Canadian provider of robotic aircraft sensing solutions, has launched the next version of its Serenity fixed-wing unmanned aerial system, equipped with a wide-area rapid mapping capability.
Serenity 1.1, an extended-range and long-endurance platform, has several advanced features, the company says. The main update is the addition of a customized commercial mapping payload: Using a 36-megapixel aerial imager, the Serenity can now perform 2D and 3D aerial mapping.
Unlike any other fixed-wing technology, the company says, the system has the capability to map vast amounts of land in a single eight-hour flight. Some of the other features of the system include a new tracking antenna system and a customized ground-control station.
ING Robotic Aviation says it originally performed UAS surveillance work with the Canadian military. From these beginnings with military systems, the company is now providing commercial services with robotic aircraft, including mapping, inspections and monitoring in North America and other regions.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, a department of the country's government, recently chose ING Robotic Aviation’s Responder UAS as a new method of assessing crop vegetation.