Raptor – IR/EO – Payload

Raptor – IR/EO – Payload

Raptor Sensor

The Raptor sensor from NextVision delivers lightweight, compact and powerful visual awareness to the Vector & Scorpion UAS operator. A high resolution EO/IR sensor provides a zoom function up to 80x (40x optical and 2 x digital). 

The Raptor sensor is fully rainproof and offers day, low-light and night-time capabilities ranging from Near-Infrared (NIR) to Long Wave Infrared (LWIR) imaging.

The Raptor is the sensor of choice when best performance in the visible and infrared range is required.  

Use Cases:

  • Long distance reconnaissance 
  • Night-time reconnaissance
  • License plate identification
  • Subject identification

Key Features:

  • Visible Camera: Global Shutter 1280×720 
  • Visible Camera: 40x optical, 2x digital zoom (FOV 60°WFOV –1.5°NFOV –0.75°DFOV) 
  • Infrared Camera: LWIR/ NIR 1280×720
  • Infrared Camera: 8x digital zoom (FOV 17.5°WFOV – 2.2°DFOV)
  • Pitch for -45°to +80° 
  • Yaw/Roll for 0° to +180° 
  • STANAG 4609 KLV metadata
  • Geolocation and Object tracking 
Qube 240 LiDAR

EO-Zoom capabilities for the Raptor-Payload 1-40x (optical zoom)

IR-Zoom capabilities for the Raptor-Payload 1-2x (digital zoom)

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Easy and safe handling

A push of a button is enough and the UAS will do its assigned job. The remote control has a clean and user-friendly layout.

Thanks to Quantum-Systems’ sophisticated electric VTOL technology your investment is protected due to controlled and smooth take-offs and landings.

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Reliable and integrated design

We designed our UAS as a product that meets the requirements of professionals. We started from scratch with a highly integrated industrial product in mind.

You can see the result in every detail, such as the optimized electric layout, the efficient payload compartment or the finish of the outer shell. 

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Easy payload swapping

Payloads can easily be swapped in seconds by using the QuickLock mechanism. No tools are required and the sensors are highly integrated to support the pilots’ mission planning.

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Live streaming and processing onboard

All gimbal solutions are capable to live stream up to 5mb/s (H264 encoded). Integrated image stabilization and scene tracking come standard with all Vector & Scorpion payloads.

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Easy availability worldwide

All our payloads are Non-ITAR rated for ease of export.

Use Case_Gather precise LIDAR data under dense vegetation for risk analytics, Ghana

Use Case_Gather precise LIDAR data under dense vegetation for risk analytics, Ghana

Use Case - Precise large scale terrain mapping under tropical rain forest with the Qube 240 LiDAR and Trinity F90+ UAV

Creation of a Digital Terrain Model using a LiDAR sensor in cooperation with Rocketmine

New ways for aerial LiDAR mapping – the Qube 240 with the Trinity F90+ UAV

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 SMEs due to their high cost. This is exactly where Quantum-Systems comes in and offers 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.

The Trinity F90+ in combination with the Qube 240 LiDAR payload offers 1 hour of flight time and safe VTOL (Vertical Take-Off & Landing). The LiDAR sensor and the long flight time are key for a positive ROI.
In comparison, LiDAR missions by manned aviation are on average 10x more expensive and considerably less accurate.

The Qube 240 LiDAR Payload with GPS Dome Antenna. It  provides essential information for surveying and mapping by generating an accurate 3D image of the process environment through 240,000 distance measurements per second.

In cooperation with

Where did we fly?

The project location was approximately 110 km northwest of the capital of Ghana in the Birmi region. The whole mission area was located in the tropical rainforest.

Use Case Location

Why using the Quantum-Systems solution for this mission?

We partnered with Rocketmine to pioneer new solutions for mapping. Rocketmine is a global drone data service provider, offering full turnkey drone solutions across continents for multiple sectors including mining, agriculture, engineering, renewables, security, and medical to name a few.

The task was to survey an area of 6,500 hectares in an equatorial jungle environment in Ghana / West Africa. This extreme operational setting provided an ideal testbed for the use of our Trinity F90+ VTOL drone solution in combination with the Qube 240 LiDAR payload.

The dense jungle environment is problematic for conventional photogrammetric survey techniques and RGB sensors, as they cannot penetrate the various tree layers of the terrain.

As the first active deployment of a Quantum-Systems drone solution in the region, Rocketmines’ team was able to pioneer the use of this groundbreaking technology and quickly gather relevant data to accomplish the mission goals.

Mapping 65 sqkm with a LiDAR Sensor is possible within 4 days with a UAV

Here you can see a part of the primeval forest to be captured at the first starting point. It is almost impenetrable jungle, at least to capture it with conventional surveying methods to the centimeter. To acquire useful data in this area, the LiDAR sensor must penetrate several vegetation layers.  

The mission goals:

  • Create digital orthophotos for the area of interest (AOI) à 65 sqkm in total
  • Create a digital terrain model (DTM) for the AOI
  • Mark contour lines with 0.5m isohypses
  • Create a watershed simulation with the collected data

    Mission challenges

    • Large areas with no take-off and landing sites in the center of the AOI
    • Hot and humid climate conditions (40° – 45°C)
    • Most part of the AOI is covered with dense tropical rain forest.

    The Quantum-Systems Trinity F90+ with the Qube 240 LiDAR Payload during the Project in Ghana.  60 minutes of flight time with one charge are possible. Thanks to electric vertical take-off and landing capabilities handling in demanding environments is a breeze.

    The benefits of a sUAS for mapping missions

    By using the Trinity F90+ it was possible to survey the extensive area within a short time. Compared to a copter drone as the carrying platform, which has significantly less endurance, the flight time of 60 minutes is the decisive advantage. In combination with the vertical take-off capability, there are also no restrictions regarding the take-off and landing area.

    The use of manned solutions would not only have been more expensive by a factor of 10 due to the increased logistical requirements but would also have been significantly worse in terms of data quality due to an accuracy of only 20 cm horizontally and 10 cm vertically.

    The data the LiDAR Sensor delivered offers a deep insight into the local environment in terms of elevation. The complete point cloud vs the reduced ground-level data is shown in the slider above.

    How we performed the mission

    The area was mapped with a total of 20 flights (300-350ha per flight) in 100-120  meters flight altitude.

    The final data had an overall accuracy of 2.32 cm in elevation. With the Qube 240 LiDAR payload,
    we were able to record a total of 11,1 billion points and 2,6 billion ground points from the 6,00 hectares surveyed. After post-processing, we were able to acquire 40 ground points per square meter under dense vegetation.

    A digital terrain model was created using this data set, including a watershed simulation to get situational awareness.

    Data Processing was done with Applanix PosPac and YellowScan Cloudstation to process terrain models.

    The slider shows the entire region with optional 0.5 m and 2 m contour lines to make a final estimate in terms of surface water distribution.

    The captured data enables sustainable management, as well as preventive protective measures for local emergencies. Due to the manageable effort, the data acquisition in such difficult terrain is a suitable instrument to guarantee high data quality and information for decision making with minimal investment.

    Mapping 6500ha in 20 flights is incredible and a real optimization in terms of planning efforts!  The Trinity F90+ & Qube 240 Combo is a beast of a setup!””

    Raphael Atimbire

    Drone Operations Manager, Rocketmine / Ghana

    Recap on what we learned

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    Use state of the art hard- and software

    Having an effective and reliable system consisting of a fixed-wing VTOL UAV and an accurate LiDAR solution is key to successful data gathering in a difficult mission setting.

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    You need real experts

    To have the necessary equipment ready is just one piece of the puzzle. Without experts in flight planning and data processing, the results would not have been possible. Shoutout to Rocketmines’ crew for your great work and local authorities for your support!

     

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    Better results compared to available competitors

    Compared to other available systems the quality of the data, time, and cost savings have been substantial!

    The project was also featured in a webinar. Fill out the form below and gain access to the recording!

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    Qube 240 LiDAR

    Qube 240 LiDAR

    Qube 240
    A geomatics grade LiDAR Scanner for the Trinity F90+

    Qube 240 LiDAR

    The Qube 240 payload is a geomatics grade LiDAR Scanner for the Trinity F90+ UAS and it endures up to 60 min of flight time with this combination. It is offered as a complete solution, all encompassed 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 SMEs 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 the YellowScan Ultra Surveyor LiDAR scanner. This was the first integration into our Tron UAS platform in 2017. 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.

    Qube 240 LiDAR side view
    Trinity F90Plus with integrated Qube 240 LiDAR

    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.

    “The Qube 240 convinces professionals with 240,000 shots per second, for which up to three reflections are measured. The result impresses on one hand with an extremely high point density with 50-100 points per square meter, and on the other hand with very good penetration of the vegetation. This way, the creation of digital terrain models under forest is also possible without any problems.

    All in all, I do not know of any comparable solution worldwide, considering the weight, the performance, and the accuracy. We are especially pleased to be able to offer our customers an innovation for our Trinity F90+ UAS.”

    Florian Seibel

    CEO, Quantum-Systems GmbH

    Ideal applications for the usage aboard UAVs are in the following application scenarios:

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    Power Line Surveying and Mapping

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    Forestry & Agricultural Surveying and Mapping

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    Mobile Surveying and Mapping

    Features and availability of the Qube 240 LiDAR

    The development and technical integration began in the second half of 2020 based on the cooperation with YellowScan. Which was already in years of existence. We achieved our goal to develop a geomatics-grade LiDAR sensor for our Trinity F90+ 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 (software license sold separately)
    • Qube 240 data processing software to generate survey-grade LAS Files.
    Qube 240 LiDAR vertical view close up

    Key Benefits of the Qube 240 LiDAR Payload:

    Efficient, high-resolution, and perfectly aligned

    A perfect match of high-resolution point clouds surveyed with 5 parallel runs at 100m 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 in about 10 minutes of flight time.

    Cube 240 LIDAR Payload

    Elevations surveyed without compromise

    The elevation measured from 100m 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.

    Cube 240 LIDAR Payload

    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.

     

    Cube 240 LIDAR Payload

    “Impressive is the point density, even under vegetation and the low noise of the data. The sample data we collected so far also contains several GCPs some of which were covered with snow or are on loose ground and were measured 2 years ago. Nevertheless, one can see the extremely high accuracy of the system.

    The balanced representation of the intensity values of the point cloud is also striking. These values are in any case better than the intensity values of comparable or even more expensive systems, like Velodyne PUK32 systems.”

    Martin Herkommer

    Senior Sales Manager, Quantum-Systems GmbH

    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.

     

    Cube 240 LIDAR Payload

    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. Thanks also to our reseller ProgeaSky for their support in post-processing.

    Camera integration done right – easily exchangeable and accessible

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    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.

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    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.

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    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. 

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    Payload damping

    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, we are proud to offer our 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.

    In the event of support, customers thus have a direct advantage over third-party solutions, as we have direct access to our PPK integration. This saves time and money! Furthermore, individual PPK modifications are also possible thanks to vertical integration. Simply contact us in this regard.

    UMC-R10C + RedEdge-MX Double Payload

    UMC-R10C + RedEdge-MX Double Payload

    APS-C​ 20.1 MP camera & 5 spectral band sensor

    Sony UMC + RedEdge-MX Double Paylaod

    • Orthophoto & DEM
    • point clouds & 3D models
    • 2.66cm/px & 2.1cm/px @ 100m altitude
    • 16 mm & 20 mm lens option
    • multispectral data for vegetation analysis
    • 1 flight => orthophoto (5bands) & DEM & point cloud
    • various indices for plant stress and health analysis
    Sony UMC+RedEdge-MX

    Thanks to the large payload capacity, a combination of a high-res RGB camera and a multispectral camera is available. This results in completely new possibilities that save time and money.

    This double payload combines the sophisticated Sony UMC R10C RGB camera with the MicaSense RedEdge-MX multispectral camera.

     

     

    Camera integration done right – easily exchangeable and accessible

    UMC/ RedEdge-MX Payload Sample Data

    Flight time: 27 min
    Area: ~32 ha
    DEM – Sony UMC: 11,0 cm
    DEM – RedEdge: 28,4 cm
    GSD Ortho Sony: 2,75 cm
    GSD Ortho RedEdge: 7,11 cm
    Pictures:
    Sony: 917
    RedEdge: 5040 (1008 exposures x 5 bands)

    Download size: 15.5 GB

    PPK 100% supported for all our payload integrations

    Unlike other available mapping solutions, we are proud to offer our 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.

    In the event of support, customers thus have a direct advantage over third-party solutions, as we have direct access to our PPK integration. This saves time and money! Furthermore, individual PPK modifications are also possible thanks to vertical integration. Simply contact us in this regard.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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. 

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    Payload damping

    All cameras are damped against in-flight vibrations to guarantee highest image quality.

    All payloads are ready to fly! It takes just a few simple steps to switch between our extensive payload portfolio.

    MicaSense Altum

    MicaSense Altum

    5 spectral bands & thermal infrared sensor

    MicaSense Altum Payload

    • RGB data with 4.31cm/px @100m altitude
    • multispectral data + thermal layer for enhanced analysis
    • 1 flight => orthophoto (6bands) & DEM & point cloud
    • various indices for plant stress and health analysis
    Micasense Altum

    ALTUM Integrates a radiometric thermal camera with five high-resolution narrow bands, producing advanced thermal, multispectral, and high-resolution imagery in one flight for advanced analytics.

    • completely pre-assembled payload, ready to fly
    • easily accessible memory card from the outside
    • The Calibrated Reflectance Panel and DLS2 sensor are available separately.

    The Altum requires a light sensor (DLS2). This sensor has to be mounted on the top of the main body of the UAV. Each TrinityF90Plus can be retrofitted with this senor by the customer. A modified version can be ordered separately.

    Camera integration done right – easily exchangeable and accessible

    Altum Payload Sample Data

    • Flight time: 28 min
    • Area: ~80ha (197 acres)
    • DEM: 17.5 cm/px
    • Pictures: 6810 (1135‬ exposures x 6 bands)
    • GSD: 4.36 cm/px

    Download size: 24.2 GB

    PPK 100% supported for all our payload integrations

    Unlike other available mapping solutions, we are proud to offer our 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.

    In the event of support, customers thus have a direct advantage over third-party solutions, as we have direct access to our PPK integration. This saves time and money! Furthermore, individual PPK modifications are also possible thanks to vertical integration. Simply contact us in this regard.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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. 

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    Payload damping

    All cameras are damped against in-flight vibrations to guarantee highest image quality.

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