Topcon Adds AscTec Falcon 8 UAS for Small-Scale Mapping


Topcon Positioning Group says it has added the Falcon 8 rotary-wing unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to its line of data-collection solutions.

The Falcon 8 UAS, powered by Ascending Technologies, is designed for inspection and monitoring, as well as survey and mapping applications.

Topcon – which is headquartered in Livermore, Calif., and has a European head office in the Netherlands – designs, manufactures and distributes precise positioning products and solutions for the global surveying, construction, agriculture, civil engineering, building information modeling, mapping and GIS, asset management, and mobile control markets.

The Falcon 8 features new AscTec Trinity technology – an autopilot safety feature providing three levels of redundancy for protection against performance drop or loss of control. Three inertial measurement systems synchronize all sensing data and identify, signal and compensate when needed.

Two models are available: the GeoEXPERT for surveying, modeling and mapping projects and the InspectionPRO for industrial inspection and monitoring applications. The GeoEXPERT includes an HD RGB camera payload, while the InspectionPRO features an HD RGB camera and infrared sensor combination.

“Rotary-wing systems provide the perfect solutions for small-scale sites and projects for which flexibility of takeoff and landing or an oblique perspective is required,” says Charles Rihner, vice president of the Topcon GeoPositioning Solutions Group. “The Falcon 8 offers the flexibility to maneuver in small spaces and can cope with challenging environments often presented in inspection and monitoring. It is also well suited for smaller mapping or modeling projects up to 85 acres that require high-resolution imaging.”

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