XactSense Develops New UAV Mapping Platform Incorporating Velodyne LiDAR

By Caroline Rees / 02 Mar 2015
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XactSense UAV with LIDAR payload

XactSense UAV with LIDAR payload

XactSense Inc., a company that develops UAV hardware and software solutions, has developed a new platform for low-altitude aerial mapping using the newly released Velodyne LIDAR VLP-16 “Puck”.

In anticipation of the low-cost multi-laser puck’s release, XactSense designed a new adaptable folding 8-rotor VTOL UAV called the MAX8. This platform integrated the industry’s only electro-stabilized LIDAR gimbal with thermal and high resolution cameras, resulting in a low-cost mapping drone for users looking for more than just a photo or video from their UAV investment.

“We’ve been dying to get our hands on this new, smaller sensor. The amount of calls we are fielding from the mapping and surveying industry for an aerial system like this is astounding, and we are excited to offer a solution that allows many more companies to consider UAV a must-have technology in their toolbox.” said Andy Trench, founder of XactSense Inc.

Trench’s new system is ideal for a wide variety of missions including gas pipe line inspection, DOT and engineering projects, power line corridor mapping, and cell tower surveying.

“We were very impressed with [Andy’s] demonstration of the XactSense Titan/HDL-32E platform at our California headquarters earlier this year. His integration of our recently released VLP-16 in a very short amount of time is almost unbeatable.” said Wolfgang Juchmann, Director of Sales & Marketing at Velodyne’s LiDAR division.

Posted by Caroline Rees Caroline co-founded Unmanned Systems Technology and has been at the forefront of the business ever since. With a Masters Degree in marketing Caroline has her finger on the pulse of all things unmanned and is committed to showcasing the very latest in unmanned technical innovation. Connect & Contact