Riegl and Applanix Take Flight on UAV Riegl and Applanix take flight on UAVRiegl Laser Measurement Systems and Applanix Corporation announced that the Applanix AP50 GNSS-Inertial sensor system was successfully integrated with RIEGL’s VQ-820-GU topo-bathymetric airborne laser scanner on board the Schiebel CAMCOPTER S-100 UAV. The RIEGL VQ-820-GU is specifically designed to survey sea beds, the grounds of rivers or lakes and is well suited for combined land and hydrographic airborne survey.

The Applanix AP50 GNSS-Inertial system is a GNSS-Inertial sensor plus Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) in a compact form factor. It features a high performance precision GNSS receiver and the industry leading Applanix IN-Fusion GNSS-Inertial integration technology running on a powerful, dedicated Inertial Engine (IE) board.

On board an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the system is uniquely capable of penetrating areas that may be too dangerous for piloted aircraft or ground patrols. This can provide additional safety and security for its users.