A geomatics grade, high-speed scanning LiDAR
THE QUBE 240 PAYLOAD IS A GEOMATICS GRADE LIDAR SCANNER FOR THE TRINITY F90+ UAV AND IT IS UP TO 60 MINUTES OF FLIGHT TIME IN THIS COMBINATION. IT IS OFFERED AS A COMPLETE SOLUTION, ROUNDED UP WITH YELLOWSCAN CLOUDSTATION SOFTWARE PACK AND LICENSE.
Light Ranging and Detection (LiDAR) sensors, partly traded as the key technology of the future for autonomous driving are also the first choice for highly productive survey tasks.
Until recently, LiDAR payloads were hardly affordable for subject matter experts due to their high cost. This is exactly where Quantum-Systems and YellowScan come in and offer a geomatics grade LiDAR scanner integrated into the payload compartment of the Trinity F90+ drone including software package without having to compromise on data quality.
A small and powerful LiDAR sensor for the Trinity F90+ UAS
The Qube 240 LiDAR sensor inherits capabilities from the YellowScan Ultra Surveyor LiDAR scanner. Advances in miniaturization and performance improvements across the board now increased range and accuracy with a significantly smaller form factor. This is impressively reflected in the cost reduction of over 50% for the overall system.
A geomatics grade LiDAR solution from a single source
The Qube 240 LiDAR provides essential information for surveying and mapping by generating an accurate 3D image of the process environment through 240,000 distance measurements per second.
Oustanding absolute accuracy is achieved with the help of the integrated Applanix APX15 INS. One can speak of a geodetic accuracy that was previously only achievable with LiDAR Systems of the upper price segment. The easy handling and user-friendly integration will convince customers. Fast and easy processing of the raw data is an additional benefit.
The solution comes with YellowScan CloudStation software which is enclosed in an adapted variant with a 1-year subscription license.
Features and availability of the Qube 240 LiDAR
The development and technical integration began in the second half of 2020 with the cooperation of Quantum Systems and YellowScan. We achieved our goal to develop a geomatics-grade LiDAR sensor for the Trinity F90+ VTOL drone!
The result was a payload with unique key data:
- Geomatics Grade LiDAR
- Class 1 (Eye Safe)
- Wave length: 905 nm
- Maximum altitude: 140 m AGL
- Precision: 1.8-2.5 cm
- Accuracy: < 3 cm
- Scanner field of view: 70°
- 240,000 shots per second
- Point density @100m: 50-100 points/m²
- Multi-echo technology: up to 3 echoes per shot
- Applanix POSPacTM UAV, GNSS, and INS software for PPK
- Qube 240 data processing software to generate survey-grade LAS Files.
Efficient, high-resolution, and perfectly aligned
A perfect match of high-resolution point clouds surveyed with 5 parallel runs at 100m (328 feet) altitude above ground. The result shows the perfect alignment of the separate runs with an extremely low level of noise. The Trinity F90+ was mapping an area of 50ha (123 acres) in about 10 minutes of flight time.
Elevations surveyed without compromise
The elevation measured from 100m (328 feet) above ground. The excavator in the lower right corner is a good example to illustrate the resolution and precision of the Qube 240 LiDAR. The terrain, as well as buildings and vegetation such as trees, are also clearly visible.
Automatic classification of ground points
The bench of the quarry pond in the lower part of the images is clearly shown. The Qube 240 with 3 echoes and 240.000 points per second provides a great penetration of the vegetation and therefore this LiDAR system is the right tool to survey terrain covered by trees and bushes.
Clearly visible terrain and building structures by day and night
Dense Qube 240 point cloud colorized by intensity values showing the reflectance of the terrain or ground objects. The brighter the color the more reflectance of the LiDAR beams by the terrain, vegetation, or urban structures. The photovoltaic panels on the rooftops are clearly visible. The intensity values are completely independent of sunlight. Thanks to the fact that the LiDAR technology is an active sensor, mapping infrastructure and surveying large areas is also possible at night.
CAD reconstruction made easy
The point clouds captured by the Qube 240 are 100% survey grade and this example shows CAD reconstruction of buildings as used for 3D city models.
Camera integration done right – easily exchangeable and accessible
No belly landings
Rough landings should be avoided at any time. We unconditionally rely on vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) to guarantee smooth landings and therefore a long service life. The landing gear additionally supports the safety of the components by offering additional flex.
Easy payload swapping
Payloads can easily be swapped in seconds. No tools are required and the sensors are highly integrated to support the pilots’ mission planning.
Easy access to your data
Access to the recorded data is uncomplicated via external card slots. If more sophisticated storage solutions are necessary, our payload compartment provides enough space for this option.
All cameras are damped against in-flight vibrations to guarantee highest image quality.
PPK 100% supported for all our payload integrations
Unlike other available mapping solutions, Quantum systems is proud to offer their own PPK solution for all available sensor payloads!
Each of our drones comes standard with our iBase Ground Station and can generate high quality GPS data out of the box. PPK is therefore a basic feature of our systems at no additional cost to the customer.
iBase is an entry level GNSS reference station. It automatically logs GNSS reference measurements on the ground to a file on a micro SD card. This file enables QBase3D to do PPK processing of the collected survey data with a absolute accuracy of 2- 5 cm.