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Flightline launches solar-powered UAS for mapping

Flightline Geographics has unveiled the first solar-powered UAS that is designed for mapping applications
Flightline Geographics has unveiled the first solar-powered UAS that is designed for mapping applications

US: The GS-1000 is designed specifically for GIS mapping and actually uses Esri GIS technologies throughout the entire workflow from planning, to flight operations, to processing and delivery. The GS-1000 can capture 3D aerial photography for mapping terrain and detailed HD base map imagery at up to 1″ resolution. A multi-spectral mapping sensor provides agricultural customers with GIS-ready data for vegetative health and other agricultural uses.

“One of the challenges for small UAS has been short flight duration of 1-2 hours, which limits how much area can be mapped in a single flight.”, said Devon Humphrey, Founder and CEO of Texas-based Flightline Geographics. “By adding a solar capability, we are now mapping up to four square miles, or around 2500 acres, in a single flight of four hours. This takes advantage of the entire window of mid-day sunlight for both the solar panels and the camera sensor.”

“With over 11 years of UAS operations and development experience, the Hawk GS-1000 is designed by UAS operators for UAS operators. Combining customer feedback and global exposure to many different markets the Hawk GS-1000 focuses on professional grade acquisition for repeat commercial use.”, says Rowland Harrison, Director of Hawkeye Systems in New Zealand. “FlightlineGeo has set the bar high for UAS mapping in the USA. Now, the GS-1000 provides a platform for all-day capture using available renewable energy.”