Category Archives: Aerial/UAS

The Merging Trend

This entry is part of 7 in the series Heights 2016My take on company consolidation in the aerial mapping industry. The old saying—that history repeats itself—seems to be as true as ever in the photogrammetric mapping industry.  Twenty years ago, an investment group began acquiring aerial mapping companies with the goal to amass a powerhouse...

XCAM mounted on Magni Gyro M-16 gyrocopter

The Space In-Between

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series Heights 2016James Summerville, president and CEO of WaldoAir, talks about how its aerial imaging system is capturing the niche between conventional UAS imaging systems.  Heights: What were the driving forces for the development of the XCAM system? James Summerville: In 2013, my business partner Jim...

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The Future of Treasure Hunting Part 2: Eyes in the Skies

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series PangaeaA scene from the Detectorists, a BBC comedy that follows the lives of small-town hobbyists using metal detectors to hunt for buried treasure, illustrates important aspects of the future of treasure hunting. In the last episode of season one, the team is searching a local...

This image was taken by a UAS for vegetation inventory in wetlands in Wisconsin. Credit: Continental Mapping.

UAS Legislative Round-Up

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Heights 2016What will 2016 mean for online commercial sUAS registration in the NAS? Online Registration Last year, registration for hobby/recreational sUAS went online. It was so simple I think it has confused people as to what the commercial registration process will look like. Because I...

The RiCOPTER UAS with VUX-SYS lidar is the first integrated survey-grade laser scanner-UAS.

Shedding Light on Lidar

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Heights 2016RIEGL USA’s CEO talks about the important trends in the lidar profession.  For an inside look at the lidar profession, Heights interviewed James Van Rens, CEO of RIEGL USA. RIEGL provides a wide range of lidar scanning solutions for the aerial mapping and surveying...

TIR mosaic showing an isolated desert spring in the Summer Lake project area. (Courtesy: Oregon DOGAMI).

Thermal Imaging Heats Up the Geospatial World

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Heights 2016Thermal Infrared (TIR) remote sensing technology makes existing applications more cost-effective and creates new applications, including for the environment. News footage frequently shows a dramatic scene of a suspect hiding in the shadows on a pitch-black night. Despite the darkness, the subject glows white-hot...