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26 May 17. Aeroscout’s Long Flight Endurance Scout B-330. Aeroscout, a long term partner of performance leading LiDAR manufacturer RIEGL, has launched the Scout B-330 UAV helicopter, which is built with a high payload capacity of up to 50 kg (110 lbs), a very long flight endurance (at least three hours) and the capability of flying at very high altitudes (up to 3,000m above sea level) in a typical mission scenario. This includes a full autonomous take-off sequence, a mission flight at variable speed, and a landing sequence.
The Scout B-330 is specifically designed for LiDAR-based powerline mapping missions. It sets a new benchmark in the long endurance UAV class with its combination of flexibility, world-renowned Swiss quality, and very competitive pricing.
“After one year of intense development, we are very excited to introduce our new Scout UAV system to the public. The reactions here at AUVSI are extremely positive and encouraging, we are very motivated for the serial production out of the system” said Dr. Christoph Eck, Aeroscout founder and CEO.
The Scout B-330 pairs perfectly with RIEGL airborne and unmanned LiDAR sensors, such as the RIEGL VP-1 Helicopter Pod, the RIEGL VUX-1UAV lightweight UAV laser scanner, or the RIEGL VUX-1LR lightweight, long range airborne laser scanner. (Source: UAS VISION)
26 May 17. New BVLOS Radar at Springfield Ohio. At the Springfield Beckley Municipal Airport crews will begin installing a new kind of radar in June that will allow air traffic controllers to see a combination of planes and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The Air Force and the State of Ohio are footing the $5 million radar bill in first-of-its-kind testing that both parties hope will lead to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for beyond line of sight flight. Right now UAVs can only fly with visual line of sight, or an unobstructed path between the UAV and the controller. At the Springfield airport that’s seven nautical square miles. With beyond line of slight that would increase to 200 miles and an altitude of up to 10,000 feet. FAA approval is expected for the Air Force within six to nine months. Ohio’s application would follow. Approval for the state means private companies like Amazon could test in Springfield. The airport is laying fiber along one runway now. Guidance for UAV operators would come from an air traffic controller who is looking at the special radar on the ground in an trailer. Air traffic controllers in the tower would continue to focus on planes. According to Wright Patterson Air Force Research Lab Deputy Director Art Huber, “Now knowing where they are and the vectors in space, what space they are going, what direction they are going, the operator can now tell the pilot in charge of a small UAV, ‘Hey, you have an airplane, such and such distance from you. Why don’t you turn in a new direction or airspeed or new altitude or whatever in order to stay away or avoid a collision.”
Eventually this radar could become portable for law enforcement and first responders. (Source: UAS VISION/WVXU)
25 May 17. OGSystems Releases Next Generation PeARLTM Product Line. OGSystems (OGS), a leader in technology innovation for the Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community (IC), today announced the latest updates to the PeARL 3D aerial imaging system and PeARL Flash, their sensor agnostic, 2D/3D enterprise level image processing system.
“There is a persistent need for access to geospatially accurate 3D processing of Full Motion Video (FMV), Wide Area Motion Imagery (WAMI), Satellite and Airborne Imagery data from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), Manned Airborne platforms and Space Based platforms,” said Hector Cuevas, Associate Partner leading OGSystems’ Portland, Oregon operations. “The PeARL product line enables the fusion of multi sensor content