Latest YellowScan lidar system designed for UAV surveys

April 3, 2018  - By

YellowScan has launched a new lidar system, the Surveyor Ultra. It integrates the Velodyne VLP-32C scanner and the Applanix APX-15 GNSS/inertial measurement unit (IMU).

With high density (600,000 shots per second), the system is suitable for high-speed UAVs and long-range needs (maximum range: 100 meters). Its light weight (1.7 kg) makes it easy to mount on any drone, including vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) UAVs.

As for all YellowScan lidar systems, the Surveyor Ultra is a turn-key system fitted for under vegetation 3D modeling and fast data processing, the company said.

Applications such as forestry, archeology and environmental research will benefit from Surveyor Ultra, as they require long-endurance flights high above trees or over rocky mountains and rugged terrain.

“The Surveyor Ultra shows great potential to safely and efficiently operate lidar on lightweight fixed-wing UAVs,” said Tristan Allouis, YellowScan CTO. “The Surveyor Ultra completes our product line, including the successful Surveyor Lidar System (integration of the VLP-16 scanner from Velodyne).”

About the Author: Tracy Cozzens

Senior Editor Tracy Cozzens joined GPS World magazine in 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.