US: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given the Mesa County Public Works Department a license to operate a Trimble aerial imaging drone. The County will use the UX5 aerial imaging UAV to determine volumes and compaction of its county landfill and survey and monitor infrastructure projects. The UAV will also be used to assist the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office or other county departments, as needed.
The Trimble UX5 is an unmanned fixed-wing aircraft that captures high-resolution images during flight, which is typically up to 50 minutes covering as much as 2.3 square kilometers when flying approximately 400 feet above the ground. Using Trimble software, images are then used to generate 2D and 3D deliverables such as orthomosaic images, 3D point clouds and contour maps.
This is the first Certificate of Authorisation (COA) given to the Mesa County Sheriff’s office and Public Work Department together for the specific use of UAV for surveying engineering projects.