RedTail LiDAR Systems, a leader in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) detection and mirror telemetry (LiDAR) technology, delivered six LiDAR systems to the 707th Ordnance Company stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. These systems will provide explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians the opportunity to assess how LiDAR can be used to improve their operations.
The RedTail LiDAR Systems RTL-450 has been integrated with the Teledyne FLIR SkyRaider Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to meet a wide range of 3D mapping needs of the EOD community. Captain William R. Hartman, commander of the 707th EOD Company, said the highlight of the tests was the use of the LiDAR system to map the terrain. In addition to terrain mapping, the RTL-450 can be used to calculate crater volumes from improvised explosive device (IED) explosions, plan unmanned ground vehicle routes, assist in mission planning and carry out monitoring. The generated 3D maps – commonly referred to as point clouds – allow operating areas to be displayed from any perspective using the rotation and zoom capabilities provided in the viewing software.
The underlying LiDAR technology used in the RTL-450 has been licensed by the Army Research Laboratory (ARL). The MEMS mirror-based design provides enhanced 3D imaging due to the fact that the laser pulses are directed towards the ground in a very well defined and controlled scan pattern. LiDAR technology is ideal for applications where artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI / ML) algorithms can be used for target detection and classification due to the high density of point clouds.
The system can operate either in raster scan mode for surveillance missions or in lateral linear scan mode for area mapping while the UAS is flying. Intuitive command and control, high-brightness display integrated into the Ground Control Station (GCS) and real-time 3D map generation allow operators to begin mission planning and analysis even before missions mapping or monitoring have not been completed.
“The delivery of these six LiDAR systems to EOD technicians for testing and evaluation is a significant advance in the use of MEMS mirror LiDAR technology to meet a wide range of Department of Defense 3D mapping needs. In addition, this delivery represents a real achievement in the transition of a technology from a laboratory of the Department of Defense to military operators, ”said Brad DeRoos, President and CEO of RedTail LiDAR Systems.
About RedTail LiDAR Systems
RedTail LiDAR Systems is a division of 4D Tech Solutions, Inc. RedTail has become a world leader in the development and delivery of long range MEM mirror LiDAR sensors. Product design, integration, and delivery have been completed for many commercial applications as well as government funded efforts for the U.S. Army, Navy, and Department of Homeland Security.
The Army Research Laboratory’s exclusive 4D licenses for MEMS mirror LiDAR technology cover all piloted and unmanned vehicle applications as well as surveillance. 4D is actively expanding its capabilities and product portfolio through a U.S. Navy-funded effort that will transition the technology to underwater vehicles such as Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) and Remote Control Vehicles ( ROV), and an internally funded effort to develop a long-range imaging product for unmanned land vehicle (UGV) applications. 4D’s ability to quickly tailor performance to meet specific application requirements for government customers sets the business apart from LiDAR vendors globally.
4D Tech Solutions is a research and development (R&D) and manufacturing company that works with commercial and government clients to develop advanced technological solutions to difficult problems. 4D is a small business owned by disabled veterans and an SBA certified HUBZone small business.
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