We learnt recently that LidarSwiss has delivered two
 Micro Vux Long Range sensors to the Royal Thai Survey Department. Now makers of the helicopter they were hung from, SwissDrones have released a video of them in operation.

The flights in Thailand took two hours carrying the LidarSwiss payload with a 25% safety margin for fuel. It was hot at 35 C but not all that high, flying at 400m AGL.

The SDO-50V2 helicopter is compact enough to fit in the back of a van and requires a crew of two to operate it.

I can see systems like this becoming very popular as BVLOS regulations start being relaxed around the world for suitably qualified individuals.

This machine is going to be reassuringly expensive, with mountains of service manuals and maintenance procedures, but that is exactly what regulators like.


By Gary Mortimer

Founder and Editor of sUAS News | Gary Mortimer has been a commercial balloon pilot for 25 years and also flies full-size helicopters. Prior to that, he made tea and coffee in air traffic control towers across the UK as a member of the Royal Air Force.