With SIRIUS I we present a fully integrated orthofoto UAS (Unmanned Aerial System). The system enables everyone to simply obtain aerial images and calculate orthofotos and three dimensional elevation models out of the image data.
An orthofoto is an geometrically corrected aerial image such that the scale is uniform. These pictures are necessary for applications such as easy and fast documentation of construction sites, disaster areas, survey of development areas, stone quarries or waste disposal sites. Other applications are environmental, traffic and wildlife monitoring with MAVinci’s autonomous UAS.
We are a young and innovative company. Our products are completely autonomous small airplanes with a wingspan of 2 to 5 meters. The MAVinci Autopilot is our own development. It allows for completely autonomous take off, flight and landing. All on board measurement systems run automatically and the accomplished data is stored in an on board memory. With our flight planning software, MAVinci Desktop, track planning before or during the flight is easy.
The complete aerial image process consists of three simple steps:
1. Flight planning
2. Aquisition of Images with SIRIUS II UAS
3. Post processing of the images
The MAVinci Orthofoto System connects all steps to one tightly integrated and user friendly toolchain. It comprises a flight planning software licence, a small fixed wing airplane equipped with a gauged camera, a groundstation and a post processing software license.
The flight planning is done automatically after selecting the aerial image area. Flightplans can be altered before and during the flight. Hand-launching the airplane is our take off method, no catapult etc. is neccessary. The max. flight time of SIRIUS I is 55 min, aerial image mission time is 45 min. Manual control during the flight is possible with full manual or assisted flight mode supported by the autopilot. In this mode landing is possible on very small areas but autonomous landing is also possible. A vertical parachute landing feature will be available soon.
After the flight the aerial images are copied to the post processing computer. The interface between MAVinci Desktop flight planning software and several compatible post processing solutions (Photoscan, Pix4D etc.) enables easy post processing of the images.
Videos and more information about SIRIUS I is available at www.mavinci.de.