The FAA recently approved a Section 333 exemption for the C-ASTRAL Bramor rTK from Modern Technology Solutions Inc.
The approval enables the company to fly the unmanned aerial system anywhere in the U.S. where drones are allowed in the airspace, up to 200 feet, according to a news release.
The Bramor is designed for accurate mapping and surveying. The UAS has an endurance of up to 2.5 hours and the ability to cover thousands of acres in one flight, according to the release. It carries one of two payloads—a traditional digital camera for mapping and a modified digital camera to capture near infrared light, which makes it possible to access plant life.
Data collected is used to create geo-referenced ortho-mosaic maps, point clouds, digital surface models (DEMs), Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) products, and custom data analytics, according to the release.
“MTSI is investing in expanding commercial opportunities that will provide new customers smart analytical solutions. We are working on turning the Terabytes of Bramor data into cloud accessible imagery products,” said Paul Linnell, Director of MTSI’s National Security Division, Civil and Commercial Small UAS (SUAS) team, according to the release. “Alongside imagery products and maps, novel algorithms are also actively under development to extract features from the thousands of acres that this aircraft covers during each flight.”
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