Precision solutions specialist Position Partners has announced a new Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for the Australasian civil construction, survey, mining and agricultural industries – SIRIUS UAV by MAVinci.
Designed for a wide range of survey applications, the SIRIUS UAV is a fixed wing structure ideal for corridor mapping roads, pipelines and power lines, calculating stockpile volumes, monitoring erosion, reconciliation and progress reporting.
Weighing only three kilograms and with a wingspan of 1.6 metres, SIRIUS is ideal for one-man operation. Unlike manned flyovers that are often delayed due to weather conditions or cloud cover, SIRIUS can fly under cloud and despite strong winds and rain.
“We are delighted to introduce this exciting product into the Australian, New Zealand and PNG markets – SIRIUS represents an evolution in UAV survey technology with greater flexibility, robust hardware and value for money,” said Garry MacPhail, Survey Business Manager at Position Partners.
Unlike other UAV systems, SIRIUS can capture images defined by irregular shapes, reducing the amount of data processing to the specific area of attention.
SIRIUS also gives the user greater control during flight, with “fully automatic” mode supported by “autopilot assisted” mode or “fully manual” mode. This flexibility is better for landing management, enabling navigation around any unforeseen obstacles.
To complete an aerial survey, users simply program in a flight plan using the included desktop flight planning software. Load the flight plan onto the UAV, stand at the desired take-off area and launch the SIRIUS by switching on autopilot and throwing it into the air!
Once airborne, SIRIUS will fly the pre-planned route, taking multiple images with a high-resolution on-board camera. It then begins its descent to the programmed landing area so that the images can be post-processed.
As the exclusive distributor for MAVinci products in Australia, New Zealand and PNG, Position Partners will offer complete support and training services for the SIRIUS UAV.
“Position Partners pioneered the use of UAV technology for surveying in Australia in 2011,” said MacPhail. “We employ UAV experts and continue to work closely with CASA to ensure we meet the support and training needs of our customers as they learn about the use of this technology in their field.”
Commenting on the new partnership between MAVinci and Position Partners, MAVinci CEO Johanna Claussen, said: “We are excited to announce our distribution agreement with Position Partners. As the leading provider of mapping and spatial technology solutions in Australia, it is a perfect fit for the SIRIUS UAV.”