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GeoDragon sensor system integrated with T-20 UAV

24th January 2014 - 16:31 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


A sensor system that can create 2D and 3D images in near real time has been flown on the T-20 Tier II unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the first time. The sensor, called the GeoDragon system, has been developed by Urban Robotics, and will be released in mid-2014.

The GeoDragon system can create 3-D reconstructions in near-real time and output high-resolution digital elevation models, LIDAR-like datasets, and wide area maps. The system is enclosed in a wing-mounted pod, and will bring significant mapping capabilities to the T-20 UAV.

GeoDragon imagery is post-processed using automated 3-D algorithms to rapidly generate large mapping and modelling datasets.

The T-20, built by Arcturus UAV, is a runway independent, Tier II class, small tactical UAV with a technical readiness level (TRL) 9.  The primary mission of the Arcturus UAV is intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. Typical missions include aerial mapping, drug interdiction, fire-fighting, border patrol, force protection, search and rescue, as well as military ISR.

The T-20 can also carry EO/IR payloads simultaneously with the GeoDragon. An onboard GPS autopilot with waypoint navigation accepts multiple flight plans from the Ground Control Station, allowing the T-20 to return to a specified location autonomously after up to 16 hours of flight.  The UAV is powered by a 190cc an air-cooled, four-stroke, fuel injected engine; and the carbon fibre composite construction used in the T-20 airframe allows for payloads up to 65 lbs.

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