The Solution: The Certus Evo
After reviewing the different inertial navigation systems available on the market, the Nextcore team selected Advanced Navigation’s Certus Evo to be used in the RN80 payload.
The Certus Evo was chosen because:
- It was highly accurate, reducing any angular errors from flying higher
- It was easy to integrate into Nextcore’s existing systems
- It was cost effective, allowing Nextcore to pass their savings on to their customers
Nextcore had previously used Advanced Navigation’s Spatial Dual, and were excited to test how the Certus Evo would enable the success of their UAV-mounted LiDAR.
“After doing some test flights it met all of our requirements for the RN80 project” reflects Tom. “This allowed us to leverage off the Spatial Dual integration and apply the Certus Evo as a drop-in replacement for that system. It’s also a very cost-effective sensor and a competitively priced product”.
The Outcome: Soaring above expectations
“When we had done our calculations we expected we’d be able to fly 80 metres above ground level” says Ashley. Instead, the Certus Evo performed so well it enabled Nexctore to produce a UAV-mounted LiDAR that operates at 100 metres above the ground, exceeding their initial goal.
This became the RN100 UAV LiDAR, which allows Nextcore’s customers to fly more safely, cover a larger area and still achieve a survey-grade outcome.
“Integrating the Certus Evo into our product line has allowed us to offer a higher-end solution to our clients at a very affordable price” says Tom. “This has opened up new markets for us internationally and domestically”.