Airobotics announced the introduction of LiDAR capabilities into its drones. Typical applications include tailing dams monitoring, infrastructure inspections, haul road safety compliance, stockpile volume analytics, and tracking rehabilitation progress.

The company says that use of LiDAR significantly reduces the time it takes for aerial data to be collected, even at night or in low light, and allows for rapid turnaround time on data processing. Airobotics says its drones can work with various payloads. In addition to LiDAR, spatial data can be captured using photogrammetry, video, and infrared (thermal).

“This past year has seen a huge period of growth for us,” said Airobotics CEO and Co-founder, Ran Krauss. “As we expand our services and shift our base of operations to the U.S., we continue to push advancements in autonomous drone operations, global regulatory approvals, and new technology.”

Airobotics says it recently made Australian aviation history by obtaining the nation’s first and only Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) approval to operate automated multi-rotor drones from its Remote Operations Center (ROC) beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) with no aircrew needed at the client site.

In addition, it claims to be the first company in the U.S. to receive a Certificate of Waiver (CoW) from the FAA that combines three elements: flying Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) for automated drone operations, over human beings, with a visual observer that is not required to keep a visual line of sight on the drone. This waiver permits Airobotics to operate drones from the company’s Remote Operations Center in Scottsdale, AZ.