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Real-time LIDAR from ScanEagle UAV
Author(s): Roy Nelson; John Mastrangelo; Kurt von Niederhausern; Dan Fuller
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Paper Abstract

As the regulations pertaining to beyond line of sight and higher flight altitudes relax, medium-size fixed-wing UAVs such as the ScanEagle® will see a growing market for large area coverage. The information required by users of these platforms will include high-resolution 2D imagery, hyperspectral imagery, and 3D imagery. In many cases, timeliness of data will be critical. Such scenarios could include disaster response, fire monitoring, mission planning, rail line and pipe line monitoring, and general ISR. Ball Aerospace has recently repackaged their TotalSight Flash LIDAR system for operation on the Insitu ScanEagle. This system provides near real-time color 3D georegistered information to the flight operator. In addition, all data is stored on board and is accessible by single or multiple ground users via the ScanEagle Wave Relay data link, allowing the user to see all areas collected and to pull specific 3D data as needed - much like how one uses Google Earth. This paper describes the LIDAR Assembly for ScanEagle (LASE), its operation, and the collected 3D LIDAR imagery.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 May 2018
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 10635, Ground/Air Multisensor Interoperability, Integration, and Networking for Persistent ISR IX, 106350Z (4 May 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2304393
Show Author Affiliations
Roy Nelson, Ball Aerospace (United States)
John Mastrangelo, Ball Aerospace (United States)
Kurt von Niederhausern, Ball Aerospace (United States)
Dan Fuller, Insitu, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10635:
Ground/Air Multisensor Interoperability, Integration, and Networking for Persistent ISR IX
Michael A. Kolodny; Dietrich M. Wiegmann; Tien Pham, Editor(s)

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