Phoenix Aerial Systems, a manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) LiDAR products, has introduced two new LiDAR products, the Scout and the Ranger.
With a starting price of $55,000, the Scout is designed for companies looking to enter the mapping market, Phoenix Aerial Systems says. It weighs in at less than 2.5 kg and measures 12 cm x 22 cm x 8 cm.
“Traditional manned aerial LiDAR technology is incredibly expensive, typically starting at seven figures,” says Grayson Omans, CEO of Phoenix Aerial Systems. “We’re excited to introduce the Scout because it opens the door to small UAV companies who couldn’t afford traditional LiDAR technology but still want to offer mapping as a service.”
Scout features the Velodyne VLP-16 puck, which has 16 lasers aligned over a 30-degree vertical field of view, has a 100+ meter range and captures up to 300,000 measurements per second.
Phoenix Aerial Systems is also introducing the Ranger, a survey-grade, long-range mapping system featuring the Riegl VUX-1 and Fiber Optic Gyro intertial measurement unit sensors. Omans says the Ranger is “ideal for mapping power lines, pipelines, railway tracks and anything else where accuracy is essential.”
The Scout and Ranger both include the company’s proprietary software suite, which allows the operator to monitor the process and view a high-definition 3D point cloud in real time. In addition to LiDAR, the Scout and Ranger also include a photogrammetry option, giving users the ability to deliver LiDAR and imagery data simultaneously, the company says.