A screenshot demonstrates how IRIS UxS can leverage high-resolution data from Vricon, a Maxar Company to give drone operators a high fidelity view of the mission area, to help safely plan flight routes.

Kongsberg Geospatial integrates the World’s Highest Resolution Globally Available 3D Terrain Data with UAS Ground Control Station

Ottawa, CA: Kongsberg Geospatial, developer of the TerraLens Geospatial SDK, and Vricon, a Maxar Company and geospatial intelligence data provider based in McLean, VA, announce that they will be demonstrating the world’s highest globally available 3D terrain resolution in a UAS ground control station in an upcoming online seminar hosted by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI).

Kongsberg Geospatial and Vricon, a Maxar company, have integrated their technologies to improve UAS mission safety in urban environments in a webinar hosted by AUVSI.

The webinar will address the issue of flight safety while operating drones in convoluted environments and urban airspaces by using a combination of high-resolution terrain data that accurately plots the altitude and position of obstacles like buildings and towers, and real-time LoS (line of sight) calculations. The two technologies can be useful tools for collision avoidance in situations where it is necessary to operate unmanned aircraft in near proximity to buildings, powerlines, radio towers, and other infrastructure.

The webinar will also demonstrate how real-time Line-of-Sight (LoS) calculations can be used to predict problem areas for signal propagation and to help ensure effective sensor coverage.

Operation of drones in urban environments lack the accurate presentation of a digital surface model (DSM) to enable the situational awareness to avoid buildings. “In addition to building avoidance, it can be dangerous to lose the data connection with a UAV in the middle of a mission” explains Paige Cutland, Vice President at Kongsberg Geospatial, and one of the presenters. “However, using high-resolution data from Vricon and real-time LoS calculations, you can discover problem areas along your mission route ahead of time and adjust your flight plan to prevent problems before they happen.”

The geospatial data for this demonstration and seminar is being provided by Vricon, a Maxar company. Jonas Dehlin from Vricon will describe how to obtain and set up the best available geospatial data for a given mission area and demonstrate the level of detail that can be obtained through the use of high-resolution 3D surface models.

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The presentation will feature 3D maps populated with 3D surface model data, which provide an extremely high level of fidelity, and high-resolution 3D globe terrain data that is useful for Line of Sight calculations.

The online seminar will be hosted on September 16th, at 3:00pm EDT by AUVSI, and a link for registration is available on their events website.


About Kongsberg Geospatial: Based in Ottawa, Canada, Kongsberg Geospatial creates precision real-time software for mapping, geospatial visualization, and situational awareness. The Company’s products are primarily deployed in solutions for air-traffic control, Command and Control, and air defense. Over nearly three decades of providing dependable performance under extreme conditions, Kongsberg Geospatial has become the leading geospatial technology provider for mission-critical applications where lives are on the line. Kongsberg Geospatial is a subsidiary of Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace.

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About Vricon, a Maxar Company: Vricon (https://vricon.com) was founded in McLean,Virginia, in 2015. headqua Their mission is to build the Globe in 3D—a revolution in GEOINT tradecraft. Their 3D analytics and data models depict the world the way it really is. They provide data globally based on your areas of interest in a process that uses commercial satellite imagery without ground control points.

About AUVSI: The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (https://auvsi.org), is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics. AUVSI represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets.

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