Long-Range High Scan Rate LiDAR for UAVs Introduced

By Mike Ball / 30 Apr 2019

Cepton Technologies SORA-P60L lidarCepton Technologies, Inc., a provider of 3D LiDAR solutions, has unveiled the newest product in its SORA family of scanning LiDAR sensors. Released at AUVSI Xponential 2019, the SORA-P60L is purpose-built to deliver long-range, high-resolution imaging for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

The SORA-P60L features a 400 Hz frame rate, enabling drones to fly faster while maintaining high point cloud density. With a 550 gram payload, the SORA-P60L prolongs UAV flight time allowing more ground to be covered in a single trip. Cepton’s unique Micro-Motion Technology (MMT) faces all lasers downward at all times, providing a uniform point cloud that is over four times denser than other solutions. This, in combination with the high scan rate, makes the SORA-P60L an ideal solution for fixed wing and fast-moving rotary wing UAVs.

“Cepton’s SORA-P60L leads the LiDAR industry with its best-in-class point cloud density that provides superior imaging for UAVs. With the affordable price point, long-range capabilities and high frame rate of SORA-P60L, UAVs can capture data faster and build more accurate maps,” said Neil Huntingdon, Cepton’s VP of Business Development. “SORA-P60L is our first product from the SORA family that we have unveiled this year. We see a lot of opportunities for this unique sensor in other markets and have a number of products in development that will be revealed later this year.”

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Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact