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Yuneec Expands H520 Line with Precise RTK Satellite Navigation

By admin In UAV News

04

Feb
2019

Yuneec Expands H520 Line with Precise RTK Satellite Navigation

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Yuneec International, a global leader in electric aviation, today announced that its commercial hexacopter, the H520, will now optionally be available with an RTK (Real Time Kinematic) system from the Swiss company Fixposition. Even under difficult GPS conditions, such as in cities or canyons, the RTK system ensures maximum precision and centimeter-precise positioning. The fully integrated RTK satellite navigation enables extremely accurate recurring images, faster 3D mapping and makes automated inspection flights easier and more precise.

The new H520 RTK is perfectly suited for commercial applications that require maximum precision. By using RTK technology, the H520 can now fly much closer to objects for inspection as the UAV positions itself precisely in the centimeter range (1 cm + ppm horizontal / 1.5 cm + ppm vertical) rather than in the meter range, which is standard for the H520. This accuracy is paramount for applications where several images need to be taken at the same location on different days including: documenting progress on construction sites, inspecting mountain landscapes to prevent natural hazards such as rock falls or avalanches, and forensic accident scene reconstruction. In addition, the satellite navigation system makes it possible to significantly reduce image overlaps, which means fewer photos and shorter model calculation times, maximizing efficiency in workflows.

The RTK system is not only fully integrated into the hardware, but also into the UAV’s software. This means the user retains the full range of functions of the award-winning DataPilot software at their disposal, including mission flights. The H520 RTK works with two components: the RTK module on board the H520 and a base station on the ground. For precise navigation, the module supports constellations of up to three different satellite systems from GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and BeiDou.

If the use of a ground station is not possible, the system can also be operated with a national reference station network (network RTK). The network RTK is provided by third-party providers and requires an Internet connection, such as a mobile hotspot. All data including satellite data is recorded, which makes the H520 RTK ideal for Post Processed Kinematics (PPK).

The H520 RTK will be available in the second quarter of 2019 in different configurations:  as a complete system including the H520 airframe and RTK module, for $3199, and as an upgrade for existing H520 customers for $1699. The H520 RTK GPS ground station will be sold separately for $2399.

The complete technical data of the Yuneec H520 with RTK system can be found at us.yuneec.com/h520-rtk.

For more information, please visit us.yuneec.com.

Published at Mon, 04 Feb 2019 06:00:17 +0000

{articles|100|campaign}Skynetwest Bringing Drone Technology to Utilities

 In 2015, the year that private applications for drone licenses began to skyrocket, Noah Ruiz saw a news story about how unmanned aerial systems (UAS) were being used for aerial photography – and saw untapped potential.

Within three months, he started Skynetwest, a data retrieval company that operates highly advanced UAS to collect information for mapping and infrastructure inspection.

The company joined Chandler Innovations, Chandler’s business incubation and entrepreneurial development program. Chandler Innovations offers free assistance to companies looking to start or scale up operations. Skynetwest has been part of the program for the past 14 months.

Now, after three years of gradual growth, Skynetwest is embarking on an agreement with a major regional utility company for inspection work on power lines and generating stations. Ruiz could not disclose the utility’s identity as the scope of the agreement is being finalized, but said it could produce more than $100,000 in annual revenues for the company.

Inspections done manually would likely cost more, be less comprehensive and more dangerous given they are done by individuals, according to Skynetwest Director of Strategy Sean Goetz.

“We can maneuver into difficult spaces,” he said. “We enable our clients to review data and perform inspections from the comfort and safety of their desktops in a way that’s faster and more detailed than visual inspections.”

Skynetwest does not charge clients by the time the drones are in the sky capturing data, but by the gigabytes of information the systems ultimately provide. Information provided to clients can range from paper topographical maps to highly encrypted data on thumb drives.

Skynetwest data specialists are looking forward to ongoing developments in UAS technology that will allow the company to offer even more comprehensive views to its clients, including multispectral systems with sensors that will enable drone systems to “see” behind the object being inspected.

As these innovations become available, Skynetwest plans to be on the forefront of their use.

“We want to set the new standards for collecting and digitizing information for mapping and infrastructure,” said Ruiz. “We’ve only just scratched the surface for the potential. We are establishing a means for engineers and builders to have a clearer view of their world.”

To learn more about Skynetwest, go to skynetwest.com.

Published at Mon, 04 Feb 2019 05:41:20 +0000

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