Unmanned Aerial Systems

Small, pilotless craft are receiving a great deal of attention as platforms for aerial acquisition. Surdex has UAS capability with three different Unmanned Aerial Systems for small scale acquisition:

  • Altavian Nova fixed-wing
  • DJ1000 multi-rotor system
  • DJI Phantom 4 Pro


 DJI Phantom 4 Pro UAS

We also operate other UAS:

  • Gatewing/Trimble X100 and UX5
  • Sensefly Ebee

They can be employed for:

  • DTM generation
  • Topographic mapping
  • Planimetric mapping
  • Digital orthoimagery
  • Inspection

Surdex only flies within FAA regulations; we have two staff members with FAA Part 107 Certification. Our systems enable us to fly projects up to a square mile in size.

UAS are desirable when a project is close to the home base, requires a rapid response, and the project area is relatively small. They are more cost-efficient to mobilize than a full-size aircraft, and missions can be mobilized relatively quickly. A team drives to the project site, programs the unit, and launches it. Even if there are sporadic high altitude clouds, a UAS can fly a few hundred feet above the ground – under clouds that would otherwise prevent a traditional flight, provided shadows are not an issue.

3D view of IronMountain acquired with a UAS