Aerial

Manned and unmanned aerial systems or unmanned aerial vehicles (UASs and UAVs) are vital in the geospatial profession.

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Mapping in the Arctic Circle

Adverse conditions result in creative project management
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Riegl Unveils UAS LiDAR Sensor

VUX-1 can handle emerging surveying solutions

VUX-1 can handle emerging surveying solutions


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Taking Stock of LiDAR Projects Following Superstorm Sandy

Superstorm Sandy devastated the northeastern United States in October 2012, leaving death and destruction in its wake. According to a report by the National Hurricane Center, Sandy led to at least 147 deaths and caused more than $50 billion in damage.


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Privacy Issues Raise Concerns for Remote Sensing

As unmanned aerial systems (UAS) become more prevalent in the skies, the United States is engaged in spirited conversation about their impact on the constitutional guarantees of privacy and free speech. Over the next 10 years, tens of thousands of these vehicles could be safely darting in our national airspace, providing a wealth of valuable services to homeowners, ranchers, farmers, journalists and businesses. Many of these vehicles will be equipped with remote sensing technology enabling the identification of individuals. This technological leap forward brings with it challenges to our concept of “privacy” and “free speech” our society has not yet faced.
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Geospatial Community Discovers Benefits of UAS

Buckle up. Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are ready to take off for the surveying and geospatial professions.

At the AUVSI’s Unmanned System’s conference this summer, manufacturers taxied around the exhibition floor with the newest technology. On Wall Street and in Silicon Valley, investors—such as former Wired magazine editor Chris Anderson—are fueling up startups. In Washington, the FAA and other government agencies are navigating policy and privacy issues.


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UAS Maps the Matterhorn

SenseFly climbed a mountain—literally—to show the potential of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

A team from the Swiss drone company joined with partners from Pix4D, Drone Adventures and Mapbox to map the Matterhorn, a majestic peak in the Alps often referred to as “the most beautiful mountain.”


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FAA Announces Six Test Sites for UAS

Agency takes next step toward integrating UAS into national airspace

The six sites are the University of Alaska, the state of Nevada, New York’s Griffiss International Airport, the North Dakota Department of Commerce, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Virginia Tech


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Integrating Systems for a Sharper LiDAR Image

 Tuck Mapping Solutions enjoys a well-earned reputation as an innovator in the geospatial data collection business. The Big Stone Gap, Va., mapping firm was among the first to improve the accuracy of airborne LiDAR by installing the scanner in a helicopter for lower and slower operations. Tuck Mapping also led the industry in co-mounting an aerial camera with a LiDAR in one helicopter for simultaneous capture of imagery and elevation data. 


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Intergeo 2013 Offers Glimpse of Future

For three days in October, Essen, Germany, served as the center of the world—or at least, the center of how the geospatial community looks at the world.

From Oct. 8-10, the city in the Ruhr area of western Germany hosted Intergeo, one of the premier conferences for geodesy, geoinformation and land management. With a history dating back to the eighth century and roots in industry and religion, Essen focused its attention on the geospatial world—for a few days at least.

What did it show?


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What Does the FAA Roadmap for UAS Mean?

A look at how surveyors and geospatial professionals can use the outline to prepare for unmanned aircraft systems.

How surveyors can use the outline to prepare for unmanned aircraft systems.


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HxGN Live

More than 3,500 attendees from more than 70 countries attended HxGN Live, the annual Hexagon AB user conference, at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on June 3-6. About 450 keynotes and panel discussions were held, and several companies from around the world exhibited their geospatial products. Here are a few snapshots from the event.

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