Category Archives: Government

NASA’s EAARL Upgraded

The original National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Experimental Advanced Airborne Research Lidar (EAARL) was extensively modified to increase the spatial sampling density and to improve performance in water ranging from 3 to 44 meters (m). The new (EAARL-B) sensor … Continue reading

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Lidar, CCD and Hyperspectral

This paper describes the design, implementation and performance of a novel airborne system, which integrates commercial waveform LiDAR, CCD (Charge-Coupled Device) camera and hyperspectral sensors into a common platform system. CAF’s (The Chinese Academy of Forestry) LiCHy (LiDAR, CCD and … Continue reading

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USGS Lidar Topography Seminar

Abstract – Light Detection and Ranging (lidar) has become the dominant technology for topographic mapping. The significant improvements in spatial resolution, vertical accuracy, and most dramatically, relative accuracy of lidar data has enormous impact on the hydrology/hydrography community, making it … Continue reading

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SpaceX Gets GPS Satellite Launch

It was reported last week that the U.S. Air Force will save 40 percent by buying a GPS satellite launch from Elon Musk’s SpaceX compared with what United Launch Alliance has been charging, the head of the Space and Missile … Continue reading

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Finding Lidar Data

The USGS hosts what it calls the National Map Download Client which is a searchable database of lidar data collections for the U.S. The site features a number of advanced search options that can be used to more quickly locate … Continue reading

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Lidar-derived Coastal Risk Map for Australia

This article in Spatial Source reports on an impressive research effort involving coastal risk and inundation in Australia, a country that has potentially massive issues to address with rises in sea level. The project includes the use of lidar to … Continue reading

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XPONENTIAL Conference Preview

If you are planning on attending next week’s AUVSI XPONENTIAL conference in New Orleans then this Lidar News conference preview may be of some help in planning your time there. With over 600 exhibitors this is the BIG one for unmanned … Continue reading

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NASA’s CALIPSO Celebrates 10 Years

It was supposed to be a three-year mission, but it turned into a few billion more measurements and seven extra years of science. On Thursday, April 21, NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, and the French Space Agency Centre … Continue reading

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FAA Approves Night Flights

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued the first approval for flights of small commercial drones at night, according to lawyers for the operator, in the latest sign of how quickly U.S. regulators are moving to authorize expanded uses of unmanned … Continue reading

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Top Drone FAA Exemptions

According to this Construction Dive report the Federal Aviation Administration has given construction and infrastructure businesses 1,800 exemptions, almost 60% of all industry requests for exemptions —which is also almost 40% of the total 4,600 exemptions the FAA has approved, according … Continue reading

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