RedTail LiDAR Systems has delivered six light detection and ranging (LiDAR) systems to the US Army’s 707th Ordnance Company at Joint Base Lewis-McChord airbase.
With these systems, the explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians can evaluate how LiDAR can be used to improve their operations.
The RedTail LiDAR Systems RTL-450 was integrated on board the Teledyne FLIR SkyRaider UAS to address challenges associated with the 3D mapping needs of the EOD community.
707th EOD Company commander captain William Hartman stated that using the LiDAR system to map terrain was one of the key highlights of the testing.
In addition to terrain mapping, the RTL-450 can also be used to calculate crater volumes from improvised explosive device (IED) blasts and execute route planning for uncrewed ground vehicles (UGVs).
RTL-450 also aids in mission planning and conduct surveillance.
The company noted that the RTL-450’s LiDAR technology was licensed from the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL).
The microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) mirror-based design provides improved 3D imagery.
RedTail LiDAR Systems president and CEO Brad DeRoos said: “Delivering these six LiDAR systems to EOD technicians for test and evaluation is a significant step forward in using MEMS mirror-based LiDAR technology to address a broad range of Department of Defense 3D mapping needs.
“In addition, this delivery represents a true success story in transitioning a technology out of a Department of Defense laboratory and back into the hands of military operators.”
RTL-450 can operate both in a raster scan mode for surveillance missions, as well as a side-to-side line scan mode for area mapping when the drone is flying.
According to the company, the command and control, high-brightness display integrated into the ground control station (GCS), and real-time 3D mapping of the system enables operators to start mission planning before the completion of the surveillance missions.