Riegl Launches RiCopter UAV at InterGeo

October 20, 2014  - By
Image: GPS World

At InterGeo 2014, James Van Rens, chief executive officer of Riegl, explains the launch of the RiCopter UAV with LiDAR integration, and its designer gives a live demonstration of the UAV in flight. The show was held October 7-9 in Berlin.

The unmanned aerial vehicle is a survey-grade unmanned scanning platform for a variety of demanding applications, such as corridor, power line, or railway mapping.

The high-performance UAV can be equipped with the Riegl VUX-1 survey-grade LiDAR sensor to offer a fully integrated turnkey solution. The RiCopter platform design includes a fully integrated Riegl VUX LiDAR sensor, IMU/ GNSS unit with antenna, control unit, and up to four optional cameras providing measuring characteristics of a 330-degree field of view, 500,000 measurements per second, and 10-millimeter accuracy.

The class 1 unmanned aircraft system can be flown at a maximum operating altitude of 550 meters with a maximum take-off mass of up to 25 kg and a maximum payload of 16 kg, providing a long flight endurance of 30 minutes.

RiCopter flight characteristics are smooth and stable in hovering positions, as well as on demanding flight maneuvers under challenging conditions.

See more InterGeo videos at GPS World’s YouTube Channel.

Another video of the RiCopter in action comes from Riegl: