US: In an alliance formed to make small airborne LiDARs cost-effective and accurate, Applanix has developed a small, lightweight and low powered DG (Direct Georeferencing) solution and applied it to Think 3D’s Stormbee multicopter, integrated with Trimble’s AP15, to make it possible and deliver maximum efficiency, accuracy and performance for LiDAR surveys for any unmanned aerial vehicle.
The Stormbee is a directly georeferenced UAV LiDAR solution for 3D Industrial Mapping applications, that is designed to collect survey grade spatial data in a significantly more cost-effective and efficient way than static LiDAR. Stormbee uses 3D mapping technology including FARO’s Focus 130 laser scanner, Trimble’s AP15 GNSS/Inertial receiver, Applanix’s POSPac UAV GNSS/Inertial Post-Processing software and Stormbee’s proprietary Beeflex software for LiDAR Point Cloud Generation.
Industrial applications (GNSS denied environments) pose unique challenges for laser scanning using traditional static systems due to obstructions and poor signal environments. These issues lead to increased costs and operational time. By using the Trimble AP15 with two antenna and the Applanix post-processing software (POSPac MMS) for georeferencing the LiDAR data, Stormbee provides an accurate real-time and post mission solution for all motion variables.
Applanix has brought together its decades of experience in multi-frequency, multi-constellation Differential GNSS and inertial based positioning and orientation with small-form factor hardware and software, to produce a DG solution for professional aerial mapping on UAVs.