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Topcon’s rotary-wing UAS for Europe

First publishedin Aggregates Business Europe
2015 September October
Topcon Positioning Group has added a rotary-wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) to its mass data collection solutions line for the European market. The Falcon 8, powered by Ascending Technologies, is designed for inspection and monitoring, as well as survey and mapping applications.

“Rotary-wing systems provide the perfect solutions for small-scale sites and projects for which flexibility of take-off and landing or an oblique perspective is required,” says Francois Erceau, vice president of the Topcon GeoPositioning Solutions Group in Europe. “The Falcon 8 offers the flexibility to manoeuvre in small spaces and can cope with challenging environments often presented in inspection and monitoring. It is also well suited for smaller mapping or modelling projects up to 35hectares that require high-resolution imaging.”

The Falcon 8 features new AscTec Trinity technology, an autopilot safety feature that provides three levels of redundancy for protection against performance drop or loss of control. Three IMUs (inertial measurement units) synchronise all sensing data and identify, signal and compensate when needed.

Two models are available, the GeoEXPERT for surveying, modelling and mapping projects, and InspectionPRO for industrial inspection and monitoring applications.

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