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AUVSI 2019: UAVOS pushing unmanned helicopters for lidar ops

30th April 2019 - 18:54 GMT | by Helen Haxell in Chicago

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The future of lidar missions in oil and gas, mapping to power line inspections could very much be in the hands of unmanned helicopters, further to a conversion initiative which is being led by UAVOS through its exploration of transferring technology from light single engine helicopters to unmanned.

The company unveiled at AUVSI’s Xponential that in February 2019 it had flown for the first time a converted Robinson R22 to an unmanned state of operation. The flight of 1hr saw the platform reach up to 650m above sea level.

One of the main motivations behind this unmanned platform is to

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