Snyp’Air

 
 

Snyp’Air

The Snyp’Air system offers DSLR metric camera imagery with geotagged 4k video which can automatically or manually target power line ROW’s, poles and towers.

Installed on a helicopter and used in conjunction with a LiDAR laser scanner, this system gathers high quality data while adding user accessibility.

Compatibility with Meeker mounts designed for Bell 206, and Eurocopter 350/355 nose mounts makes the system versatile and quickly assembled on any helicopter with these standards.

Controlling the fully stabilized platform, the system can automatically follow a predetermined path or manually target the system using the joystick and real-time feedback from the video camera to the ATMOS Shogun-Flame image display and capture system.

The system can optionally maintain a manually targeted position based on IMU data as well as auto-correct for horizon changes.

The Black Magic 4K Micro Cinema Camera combined with a Panasonic Macro45mm f/2.8 lens provides a high quality recording of the powerline project. It can simultaneously be used to give feedback and visual guidance for manually targeting the system.

The Optional Red Hen System VMS-333 is interconnected to automatically Geotag the video recording with geographic coordinates during acquisition. These geotags can be accessed directly in Google Earth.

The Shogun-Flame displays a live feed from the Black Magic camera and simultaneously records the video directly to a high-speed SD card for easy retrieval at the end of the mission.

The Snyp’Air Computer Control Center provides an interface for the SteadyTrack Mount, an Applanix AP20 IMU, Joystick controller, camera and video controls as well as power junctions for all parts of the system. Ethernet and USB ports are provided for external connectivity to the Control Center. The system runs on 24 volts and has a cabled remote control for powering the unit on or off.

Typical installation in a Bell 206B helicopter showing the ATMOS Shogun-Flame display, Surf’Air FMS tablet and the Targeting Control system.

 

UTrack

 
 

UTrack

Lead’Air has developed and sold high quality, robust, custom systems for various client applications for years and this new solution is no exception. The small form UTrack application is designed to be mounted on UAV, helicopter or fixed wing aircraft. The mount positions for the system are necessarily customizable because the world of aerial image capture has had a significant shift in acquisition platforms in the past year. With a size small enough to fit most professional UAV’s (unmanned aerial vehicles) this robust system is also capable of being tailored to almost any manned helicopter or fixed wing aircraft and flown without the need for a sensor operator, making the unit truly versatile for numerous applications.

Modular Design

The UTrack is created with the opportunity to customize your own solution. You may not need all of the components so it is offered in four different configurations:

  • UTrack Flight Management System for a fully autonomous FMS application. This system will work with your existing camera and IMU provided it can output a NMEA string of data. Allows for pilot only operation (no sensor operator required).
     
  • UTrack 2 Flight Management System including all of the components of the UTrack and an Integrated Applanix APX 15 IMU system.
     
  • UTrack 3 Flight Management System, including a fully stabilized mount customized to your specific single sensor. System will include an Applanix IMU providing a completely integrated autonomous acquisition platform.
     
  • UTrack 4 Flight Management System including all of the components of the UTrack 3 and a post processing computer from Stellacore Solutions designed to seamlessly and automatically process your raw data.

Technical Specifications (General)

Power requirements 24-28 Volts at 12-13 Amp
Size 508mm W x 635mm L x 152mm
H 20” W x 25” L x 6” H
Navigation/camera control U-TRACK flight management system
GPS Integrated Garmin 18
or any external receiver
FMS interface Flat panel touch screen
Cameras 5 Nikon D-810 36 MP (1 vertical + 4 tilted) OR Canon 5DS 50 megapixel
Sensor Single DSLR, medium format or LiDAR
Performance Better than 1 second interval with DSLR Camera
Altitude Max 13,000 feet
Operation temperature 32-140 Fahrenheit (0-60 Celsius)
Shock/vibration Rubber mount vibration isolators
IMU (optional) Integrated Applanix APX 15 IMU

 
 
Fully Stabilized Camera Mount

Drift correction Automatic ; Motorized +/- 29°
Pitch/roll leveling Automatic ; Motorized +/- 9°/ +/- 11°
Camera angle Fixed angle (customizable)
Shock/vibration Pneumatic shock absorbers

 

Aircraft Options Large UAV’s to any helicopter or fixed wing aircraft

 
 
Weight and Balance (may vary with individual system configurations)

UTrack Mount
with Camera and IMU
+/- 9.7 lbs (3.6 kg)
UTrack Controller Between 1 and 3 lbs (0.4 to 1.3 kg)

 

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