New Aerial Mapping Platform Combines XactSense, Velodyne LiDAR Technology

New Aerial Mapping Platform Combines XactSense, Velodyne LiDAR TechnologyUsing the Velodyne LiDAR VLP-16 Puck, XactSense – an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) hardware and software company – has developed a new platform for low-altitude aerial mapping.

Called the MAX8, XactSense's folding, eight-rotor UAV is integrated with an electro-stabilized LiDAR gimbal with thermal and high-resolution cameras.

The system is ideal for a variety of missions, including gas pipeline inspection, Department of Transportation and engineering projects, power line corridor mapping, and cell tower surveying.

According to the product description, the aircraft has a wingspan of four feet and a payload capacity of 35 pounds. With a flight time of 10-35 minutes, the UAV can cover 230 acres of land at an altitude of 400 feet.
“We were very impressed with [XactSense founder Andy Trench’s] demonstration of the XactSense Titan/HDL-32E platform at our California headquarters earlier this year. His integration of our recently released VLP-16 in a very short amount of time is almost unbeatable,” comments Wolfgang Juchmann, director of sales and marketing at Velodyne's LiDAR division.


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