Trimble has unveiled its ZX5 multi-rotor unmanned aircraft system (UAS), a new aerial imaging and workflow solution that captures and processes geo-referenced photo and video data for mapping, agriculture and inspection applications.
The ZX5 includes a 16-megapixel camera to capture aerial imagery down to a 1 mm ground sample distance. The UAS also can be equipped to capture live video imagery for civil infrastructure, utility, and oil and gas pipeline inspections.
Data captured by the ZX5 can be imported into Trimble business center photogrammetry module software to create detailed ortho photos, digital elevation models, point clouds, volume calculations and 3D models – all without requiring specialized photogrammetry knowledge or experience, the company says.
The aircraft also integrates with Trimble's Inpho UASMaster module for advanced photogrammetric processing.
With the ZX5, Trimble extends its portfolio to include both fixed-wing and multi-rotor solutions. The fixed-wing UX5 provides longer flight capabilities for large, open environments, including farms, mines, canals, flood areas or forests – while the ZX5 is suited for mapping smaller sites, including facades, obstructed areas or construction sites.
According to the company, the vertical takeoff and landing ZX5 Multirotor is built for everyday jobs where image capture from tight spaces is common. It also requires no launcher and is easy to assemble.
Trimble has also been granted a Section 333 exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration for the ZX5 aircraft.
The company has selected Juniper Unmanned as an official training services provider for Trimble's UAS products. In this role, Juniper will provide classroom and field training for Trimble UAS customers worldwide.
The ZX5 is available now through Trimble's geospatial distribution channel.
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