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Optech announced the latest addition to its line of airborne laser terrain mappers (ALTM), the Optech Orion C300-1, which is designed as a Class 1 eye-safe laser product.
A Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin, released in 2006 (SW-06-68), identified potential hazards stemming from the installation and operation of FLIR systems on helicopters and rotorcraft. The FAA has since expressed concerns regarding the installation and eyesafe use of Class 3A, 3B, and 4 LiDAR sensors in rotorcraft. While policy changes are still pending, Optech has released the latest variant of its ultra-compact Orion ALTM, the C300-1, for corridor survey and mapping applications.
The new sensor boasts a Class 1 laser product rating in conformance with FDA requirements and incorporates a 1.5-micron laser with an intelligent emission monitoring system. The Orion C300-1 completely addresses the concerns of the FAA for fixed-wing, UAV and rotorcraft LiDAR installations with respect to eye safety and maximum permissible exposure limits.
The new Orion C300-1 continues to provide the same level of performance and exceptional small-target detectability as the earlier C300 model.
Coupled with Optech’s latest flight management system, the Orion C300-1 has the ability to compute, display and record XYZI point clouds in the air, as well as to visualize power lines as they are being surveyed for in-air collection confidence. Its real-time LAS file generator enables high-resolution point clouds to be delivered immediately for rapid-response applications. For those demanding the highest accuracy and precision possible, the Optech LMS LiDAR Mapping Suite provides rigorous least-squares methods with fully-automated calibration and processing efficiency tuned specifically for high-density corridor applications.
The Orion C300-1 is available immediately for delivery.
Optech announces Ladybug 5 camera for Lynx Mobile Mapper
Optech announced that its Lynx MG1 and Lynx SG1 Mobile Mapper product lines now support the use of the Point Grey Ladybug 5 spherical imaging system.
The Ladybug 5, which features six high-sensitivity 5-megapixel imagers that cover 90 percent of a full sphere, offers Optech users more options in assembling a mobile surveying solution optimized to meet their specific application requirements.