Phoenix Aerial Introduces Lightweight LiDAR System for Small UAVs


Phoenix Aerial Systems, a manufacturer of LiDAR mobile mapping systems, has launched what it says is the world's first survey-grade LiDAR system for small unmanned aircraft.

The system, called the ‘Phoenix AL2,’ was designed to meet the needs of an emerging unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) surveying market in terms of precision, cross-platform flexibility and weight optimization, the company explains.

Measuring 14 x 22 x 18 cm and weighing less than 13 lbs, the system can process over 700,000 points per second with a 360-degree field of view and 100-meter range.

Phoenix Aerial says the Velodyne LiDAR sensor captures enough data to allow the vehicle to move at speeds up to 60 mph and maintain strong point-cloud density. Applications include, but are not limited to, topography and mining, agricultural and forestry, flood zone mapping, power line and pipe line inspection, and the academic markets.

“During the entire flight, the pilot can visualize the growing point-cloud on a computer screen in real time. With this data, the pilot can locate areas yet to be scanned and quickly alter the UAV’s course,” says Grayson Omans, CEO of Phoenix Aerial.

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