Security professionals must be aware of the potential risks and threats posed by malicious UAS activity in the national airspace system. To ensure the safety of personnel and property during flight operations, modern-day LiDAR UAVs are equipped with a variety of safety features. Topographic LiDAR typically utilizes a near-infrared laser to map the land, while bathymetric LiDAR uses green light that can penetrate water to measure the elevations of seabeds and riverbeds. One of the most important safety features is obstacle avoidance.
This feature uses sensors to detect obstacles in the drone's path and automatically adjust its course accordingly. This helps to prevent collisions with objects such as trees, buildings, and other aircraft. Geofencing is another key safety feature. This feature sets virtual boundaries around the drone's flight path, preventing it from entering restricted areas or flying too close to sensitive locations.
Geofencing also helps to ensure that the drone does not fly too high or too far away from its operator. Finally, modern-day LiDAR UAVs are equipped with return-to-home functionality. This feature allows the drone to automatically return to its starting point if it loses connection with its operator or runs low on battery power. This helps to ensure that the drone does not get lost or crash due to a lack of communication or power. By combining these safety features with proper training and maintenance, operators can ensure that their drones are operated safely and securely.
In fact, one of Microdrones' customers was able to save more than 50% compared to conventional survey methods when implementing a UAV with LiDAR.