Sensor System Integrated, Flown on Unmanned Aerial Vehicle


The GeoDragon sensor system has now been integrated and flown on an Arcturus UAV T-20 Tier II unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The system will be released midyear.

According to Arcturus, the sensor system is enclosed in a wing-mounted pod and capable of high-resolution 2-D and 3-D image capture. The sensor was designed by Urban Robotics in Portland, Ore. The aircraft was built by Arcturus UAV in Rohnert Park, Calif.

Arcturus says the GeoDragon system can create 3-D reconstructions in near-real time and output high-resolution digital elevation models, LIDAR-like datasets and wide-area maps.

The company notes that features of the system include low weight, small operational footprint on the ground, a quick mount/dismount pod, quiet operation and the ability to fly simultaneously with other payloads on the T-20.

GeoDragon imagery is post-processed using automated 3-D algorithms to rapidly generate large mapping and modeling datasets, Arcturus adds.

The T-20 is a runway independent, Tier II class, small tactical UAV with technical readiness level 9, Arcturus says. Typical missions include aerial mapping, drug interdiction, firefighting, and search and rescue.

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