A number of gimballed systems are available for task such as security and surveillance, wildfire monitoring, feral animal monitoring and infrastructure inspection tasks ranging in video quality, sensors and weights.
LIDAR is a relatively new capability with size weight and power requirements becoming manageable. The Velodyne series of small laser scanners and VUX-1 from Reigel can provide survey accurate LIDAR from small RPA
Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)
SAR is used for a wide variety of environmental applications, such as monitoring crop characteristics, deforestation, ice flows, and oil spills. Oil spills can be detected in SAR imagery because the oil changes the backscatter characteristics of the ocean. SAR also offers the capability for detecting changes between imaging passes and Interferometric SAR can be used to generate very accurate surface profile maps of the terrain,
Heliwest is experienced in providing airborne broadcast platforms for clients such as Channel 10, Department of Fire and Emergency Services and many other production clients over the last 22 Years. Through the appropriate platforms, payloads and data links Heliwest can continue to provide cost effective solutions to the industry.
Multispectral imaging of vegetation is quite useful in the identification of crop stress indicators or other issues, namely a shortage of nutrients, nutrient run off or water levels. Pests or other plant stressors such as microbes or spores also leave their spectral mark on a plant, and can be identified from hundreds of feet in the air.
Operations over hostile terrain have proved high risk and challenging for Exploration operations. As sensors requirements for size weight and power reduce they become suitable to be conducted with RPA platforms. Aerial magnetic surveys can be conducted through fixed wing aircraft, long range and long endurance that can prove more cost effective than traditional methods.
Support / Consulting Capability
Heliwest are able to provide a range of support options to internal RPA operations, including Chief Controller and Maintenance controller training and mentoring, audit services and advice on managing a RPA capability. Heliwest can also consult on platform suitability prior to purchase, payload suitability and ongoing support requirements for systems that may not be obvious at the time of purchasing a new system.