Trimble’s FAA Exemption to Benefit a Number of U.S. Industries

Trimble's recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) exemption will allow the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company to conduct commercial operations of its Trimble UX5 aerial imaging solution in the U.S.

The Trimble UX5 is an unmanned fixed-wing aircraft targeted at the surveying, agriculture, oil and gas, mining, construction, and environmental industries.
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The system autonomously captures a series of high-resolution images during flight, which is typically up to 50 minutes and covers as much as 2.3 square kilometers (approximately 1 square mile) when flying 120 meters (approximately 400 feet) above the ground.

Using Trimble’s aerial photogrammetry software, operators can use the images to generate 2D and 3D deliverables such as orthomosaic images, three-dimensional point clouds and contour maps.

The Trimble UX5 enables the collection of large amounts of data – often faster than traditional surveying or mapping technologies, the company explains.

‘In the agriculture market, the FAA exemption moves Trimble one step further with the opportunity to provide a solution for safe and legal UAS operations that can benefit growers, ranchers, water management contractors, agronomists and other ag service providers,’ comments Joe Denniston, vice president of Trimble's agriculture division.

‘High-speed aerial imaging is a powerful tool that can quickly and easily capture aerial images for scouting and monitoring crop health, locating cattle and their available forage over large areas, measuring crop height, and generating topographic maps and models for land leveling and drainage applications,” he explains. “As a result, the system can be a powerful data collection tool that can aid with recommendations to improve farming operations.’

Photo courtesy of Trimble


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