LIDAR technology has become increasingly popular in recent years, with a wide range of applications from archaeology to engineering. It is used to measure the ground reflection of an aerial LIDAR, atmospheric absorption, and cloud profiles, among other things. To take advantage of this technology, a commercial-grade LIDAR UAV requires certain hardware components. The most essential piece of equipment for a LIDAR UAV is the LiDAR scanner.
This device emits laser pulses that measure the distance between the UAV and the object below it. The data collected by the scanner is then used to create a 3D map of the terrain. In addition to the LiDAR scanner, a LiDAR altimeter is also necessary. This device looks downwards and measures the elevation of the terrain.
It is often used in topography and mining applications. The CL-360 is an OEM LiDAR sensor that provides a 360-degree field of view for versatile mapping and topography applications. It has an accuracy of less than 10 mm and a data accuracy of less than 5 mm. Finally, LIDAR-based collision avoidance systems look sideways to detect obstacles in the UAV's path.
This helps ensure safe operation of the UAV. These are just some of the hardware components needed to operate a modern-day commercial-grade LIDAR UAV. While the cost can be significant, these components can help bring your unmanned aerial vehicle business to the forefront of commercial drone operations.