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November 12, 2015
New Track’Air Helicopter System Uses RIEGL Scanner to Improve Corridor Mapping

Lead’Air Inc., the manufacturer of Track’Air aerial survey products, is launching a newly-designed aerial platform for use on helicopters. The MIDAR-H facilitates the concurrent capture of LiDAR point cloud data and tri-view imagery for corridor and powerline mapping applications.

“We are thrilled with the development of this system. The companies that are already using it are excited about the increase in their productivity and the quality of the products,” says J.P. Barriere, Lead’Air CEO.

Particularly adapted to low-level flight, the system is capable of delivering as much as 300 megapixels per second of 0.25-inch GSD color imagery. Coupled with the RIEGL VUX-1LR, capturing an effective measurement rate up to 750,000 measurements per second, the MIDAR-H efficiently captures a complete view of the corridor from both forward and back views in a single pass.

The MIDAR-H has its own automated flight planning process created expressly for taking advantage of the fully compensated mount. Users simply have to provide centerline data of the corridor segments you being acquired and with some basic information, the software does the rest.

With the ability of helicopters to fly slower and turn much tighter than fixed-wing aircraft, the fully compensating (+/- 40° roll, +/- 10° pitch and +/-30° yaw) helicopter nose mount enables users to fly winding corridors without dividing the flight into time-consuming multiple straight segments.

Although the systems are designed around a particular type of equipment, Lead’Air has the manufacturing ability to reconfigure the equipment to work with other LiDAR or camera systems.

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