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 optech_inbodysystems 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.