US: Teledyne Optech has unveiled an updated version of Optech Eclipse, an airborne laser terrain mapper. The Eclipse is the first airborne collection system that tightly integrates both passive and active imaging sensors with fully autonomous data collection on low-cost platforms. Designed specifically for efficiency in smaller project areas and corridor applications, the Eclipse combines an innovative sensor motion detection system with an eye-safe, 1.5-micron laser and a high-resolution imaging system for the automatic collection of high-fidelity LiDAR data and camera imagery, eliminating the need for a system operator and operator interface.
Capable of collecting 4-25 pts/m2 from a rapidly-moving aircraft, the Eclipse incorporates a rotating polygon scanner and a fully electronic camera and shutter system for high productivity with maximum reliability. LiDAR and image data are simultaneously written to a single removable SSD data cartridge and processed in Teledyne Optech’s LiDAR Mapping Suite (LMS), a full-featured LiDAR and image processing workflow that includes rigorous least-squares LiDAR calibration methods, photogrammetric bundle block adjustment, inertial boresight capability and intensive accuracy quantification. The Eclipse enables high-precision surveying with an integrated Applanix OEM POS AV system.
“Reducing costs is the mantra of today’s service providers,” says Michael Sitar, Teledyne Optech’s airborne business manager. “By eliminating the operator from the equation, we are able to reduce operating costs significantly. Coupled with high-performance and high-accuracy capability, and a relatively low price, the Eclipse is the new standard for low-cost, on-demand remote sensing applications.”
First shipments of the Eclipse are planned in the third quarter of 2016.