New drones, sensors dazzle at AUVSI Xponential 2019

By on 8 May, 2019

Yuneec’s H520 SkyHopper, featuring Mobilicom’s high end data security and transmission technology.

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Xponential conference 2019 showcased a range of new products and collaborations.

While we couldn’t attend the unmanned bonanza in person, we did see a number of product and partnership announcements in the UAV, imaging and remote sensing space, timed to coincide with the show.

Teledyne group made a series of announcements: a new range of compact LiDAR for UAVs from Teledyne Optech; a range of thermal and optical cameras from Teledyne DALSA and an AI-driven data processing solution for crunching drone sensor data from Teledyne Scientific and Imaging.

Teledyne DALSA’s Calibir 640 shutterless, uncooled infrared camera.

The Calibir 640 series of compact, shutterless, uncooled long-wave infrared cameras offer high performance sensing for UAV applications, complemented by the Falcon 4 CMOS camera, offering 86 megapixels of resolution and high speed.

Teledyne Optech says that its new CL-90 UAV LiDAR sensor offers full performance across the entgire operating altitude of a UAV, and offers ‘exceptional canopy penetration’.

Drone manufacturer Yuneec introduced a new product and partnership with Mobilicom with their 520 SkyHopper variant, which combines their popular H520 commercial hexacopter platform with Mobilicom’s SkyHopper technology.

Skyhopper ensures secure data storage and transmission with high-end cyber security — high level encryption, software-defined radio with secure data links, dedicated and ISM frequency ranges to resist ISM jamming and backdoor attacks, according to Yuneec.

senseFly’s Solar 360 solution for solar plant inspections, the fruit of a partnership with Raptor Maps.

senseFly launched its Solar 360 at the sprawling conference in Chicago, a focused offering for inspection of solar farm assets.

Created in collaboration with Raptor Maps, the solution combines the eBee X fixed wing drone, fitted with senseFly’s Duet T thermal mapping camera, packaged with Raptor Maps’ proprietary software for automatically processing the thermal data to automatically produce a tailored, actionable inspection report from the data, according to materials released by senseFly.

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