ARL@UH Tests Breakthrough TopoBathy LIDAR on sUAS

ASTRALiTe Inc., a Colorado-based manufacturer of LiDAR systems, successfully integrated is 2-in-1 Topo-Bathy LiDAR with a DJI Matrice 600 Pro drone during three separate missions over the course of a month.

The third set of demonstrations was conducted at the Applied Research Lab (ARL) MANTAS II 2018 Tech Demo at the University of Hawaii’s Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) on Coconut Island. Over three days, the LiDAR was put to the test on the windward side of the island in conditions that included salt spray and significant surf. The ARL staff piloted the Matrice 600 Pro in these conditions, collecting near-shore bathymetry, dune, inlet and lagoon profiles and mapping underwater coral reef structures at centimeter-level resolution. A total of seven flights were conducted, the longest of which was 17 minutes- an endurance record for this payload.

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