Leica expands lidar capabilities in ALS80 airborne sensor

July 5, 2016  - By 0 Comments
Leica Geosystems ALS80.

Leica Geosystems ALS80.

Leica Geosystems has expanded functionality of its ALS80 airborne sensor to enable more flexible data acquisition with extended range measurement capability.

The new ALS80-UP takes advantage of the dual-output optical system pioneered in the Leica Geosystems ALS70 and enhanced in the ALS80. The system also benefits from higher Multiple Pulse in Air (MPiA) operation settings, enabling data collection in extreme terrains with minimal variation in swath width due to terrain elevation variations.

Forest assessment using the ALS80.

Forest assessment using the ALS80.

The ALS80-UP works in a wide variety of scenarios, including wide-area mapping, detail mapping from high flying heights and detail mapping over mountainous terrain.

With its expanded maximum range, the system has demonstrated great results at up to 6,000 meters above terrain and with terrain relief of up to 2,300 meters.

Leidos Inc., a science and technology solutions company in national security, health and infrastructure, worked with the ALS80-UP during testing trials.

Using the enhanced lidar capabilities to improve flight crew safety when mapping in remote regions, the organization found the increased flying heights beneficial to its mission of defending digital and physical infrastructure.

“We have really put the ALS80-UP through its paces, particularly at high flying heights that are important to our clients. The system has exceeded our expectations with everything we have thrown at it, including some at double the flying height of our current missions,” said Derwin Cantrell, Leidos Geospatial Programs Division program manager. “The sensitivity and point density at altitude significantly increase mission productivity, and do so without giving up flexible performance at low flying heights.”

“We are proud to continue our commitment to extending capabilities and efficiency of the ALS product line, to help make the important work like what Leidos provides even more productive,” said John Welter, Leica Geosystems Geospatial Solutions Division president.

“As our customers continue to innovate with our superior airborne sensor technology, we are dedicated to advancing the industry and professional with new technology founded in our leading research and development,” Welter said.

Tracy Cozzens

About the Author:

Tracy Cozzens has served as managing editor of GPS World magazine since 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.

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