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Directly Georeferenced Aerial Imagery

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GNSS/Inertial Factoids

The first (GPS) satellite was launched in February 1978 and since then approximately 30 have been put into orbit 20,000 km above the Earth

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Applanix, known for its highly-accurate POS (positioning and orientation) technology, has brought together its long-established and proven POS expertise for aerial mapping with small-form-factor hardware to produce solutions for improving the accuracy and efficiency of aerial mapping on UAVs. These solutions are called Direct Mapping Solutions for UAVs, or DMS for UAVs. The DMS for UAV’s are comprised of the OEM Hardware and Software solutions ready to integrate with a variety of airborne mapping sensors to enable Directly Georeferenced map products.

DMS-UAV Features:

  • Precision Landing: Real-time centimeter RTK position to hit target landing site (airbag, net, short landing zone), control glide slope
  • Precision Orientation for Air Data Systems (ADS), Guidance and Control: Real-time roll, pitch and true heading to better than 0.1 deg
  • Directly Georeferenced image products: Orthomosaics, DSM
  • Direct Georeferencing of auxiliary sensors: LIDAR, FLIR

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DMS improves productivity with:
• Ultra-fast image delivery: map-ready orthophotos produced within hours of flying a mission
• Direct georeferencing capability: no need to survey ground control points
• Consistent, reliable, highly accurate mapping-grade results
• Powerful post-processing software: unsurpassed performance from lightweight solution
• Multiple options: specific cameras, sensors and lenses can be deployed for different tasks

DMS UAV is designed to optimise your UAV’s capabilities
• Small, lightweight and low-power GNSS-inertial components
• Camera options to fit many payload constraints
• Integration with flight management system for sensor control
• Future-proof: modular design allows for flexible upgrades
• Easy installation and deployment: more time in the field, less time in the workshop



Fly a mapping-grade solution wherever you fly a UAV!

• Orthophotos and base maps
• Urban and regional planning
• Earthworks monitoring for mining/civil engineering
• Coastal zone monitoring
• Environmental assessments in inaccessible/ inhospitable areas

Urban and Built Environment
• Data gathering in close proximity to buildings
• Low-and-slow surveys in built-up areas
• Vertical (façade) surveys of historic buildings

Rapid response mapping
• Time-sensitive photogrammetry of turbulent terrain in emergency and natural disaster scenarios
• Change detection and rapid situation assessment

Tactical/reconnaissance mapping
• Mission planning, operations preparation
• Damage assessment in inhospitable terrain
• Personnel and equipment movement monitoring

Corridor mapping
• Powerline and utility pipeline surveys
• Transportation corridors
• Route planning and assessment

• Crop growth surveys
• Disease monitoring
• Recurrent image acquisition and analysis: change detection
• Environmental impact monitoring