The drone tether system provides power to the drone and allows stress-free inspection with no limitations on flight time. It provides a robust optical data link, where location-tagged inspection data flows back to the ground station and can further be streamed live to the Scout Portal, when an internet connection is provided.
Often flying in GPS-denied environments, the Scout 137 has an onboard 3D LiDAR in stead of a GPS. The Lidar serves as the perfect data source for the drone’s indoor positioning while also providing a useful visual support to the drone operator: The powerful onboard computer crunches the Lidar data and creates a point cloud that is updated in real-time and serves as a 3D map of the environment.
To the drone operator, this point cloud is displayed on the Scout tablet along with the camera feed while the drone is active. This 3D map provides crucial visual support that is key to understanding the situation inside the space where the drone is flying. Even without line-of-sight to the drone. The operator can zoom, pan and rotate the map to view it from any angle. The drone also uses the Lidar data, along with data from the vertical lasers, to feed its positioning system as well as powerful object detection and anti-collision system. This protects the integrity of the drone and provides an even better experience to the operator.
The 4K camera is mounted on a 2-axis stabilized gimbal that can tilt the camera +/-90 in order to capture video footage from floors and ceilings and everything in between. Six (6) powerful LED lights provide up to 10,000 lumens of light for inspection of dark, confined spaces. The lights can be individually dimmed and different light configurations can be toggled via the drone controller. For example, this can be useful to enhance the visibility of cracks and small surface defects.
All in all, the Scout 137 drone is designed for inspections in dangerous dark environments with low accessibility and poor visibility. It is easy to fly, and provides location-tagged inspection data that is useful both on-site and for a remote audience.