A Swiss-Austrian consortium will test large-area laser scanning applications in the Swiss Alps.

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A Swiss-Austrian consortium is set to test large-area laser scanning applications in the Swiss Alps using innovative drones. The consortium includes Dufour Aerospace, RIEGL, BSF Swissphoto, and the SLF, who will collaborate for a series of test flights spanning several months.

There is a growing demand among various private and public stakeholders for high-resolution, up-to-date, and cost-effective data, especially in areas like alpine environmental hazards or energy production. Currently, airplanes and helicopters are used for large-scale, high-resolution laser scanning. This test series aims to showcase the efficiency of drone applications in order to reduce environmental impact and achieve significant cost reductions.

Dufour Aerospace will provide its 3-meter-wingspan AeroMini and 6-meter-wingspan Aero2 UAS platforms for the project. RIEGL will supply the laser scanners and assist with integration. BSF Swissphoto will assist in data validation and evaluate the commercial relevance of the technology and processes. The WSL-Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF will ensure data quality meets requirements and supports field tests with experienced personnel.

Dufour Aerospace Co-founder and CEO Thomas Pfammatter commented, “This project presents a fantastic opportunity to showcase the capabilities of our AeroMini and Aero2 vertical take-off-and-landing uncrewed aerial systems in relevant applications. With the support of experienced partners, we aim to enhance data generation efficiency in the medium and long term. We are excited to get started.”

The test series is set to kick off in Dübendorf, Switzerland, this spring with basic functional tests. It will then expand to the Alpine region in 2024 and 2025 based on the results from each test series. The project is also backed by the Fondation The Ark and armasuisse.

Website Dufour Aerospace
Website RIEGL
Website BSF Swissphoto
Website SLF

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