Harris Aerial’s Hybrid Drones First to Conduct LiDAR Survey

Orlando, Fla. (May 29, 2018) – For more than 50 years, aerial LiDAR surveys have been providing the most accurate mapping of earth, emitting lasers to capture 3D images of the ground, it’s features and elevations.

But, attaching the system to airplanes has its limitations as it is costly to perform and provides just one shot for the laser as the plane flies past the target.

Orlando’s Harris Aerial, one of the world leaders in developing new drone technology, has teamed with LiDAR USA and Skytec to demonstrate the capabilities of its Carrier H4 Hybrid Drones.

“Traditional LiDAR surveys are extremely pricey – a one-day survey can range more than six figures,” says Ben Harris, president of Harris Aerial. “By using our hybrid drones, we are able to replace the cost of jet fuel and a plane, yet still spend enough time in the air to complete the survey.”

The Carrier H4 Hybrid drone can fly uninterrupted carrying LiDAR equipment for two and a half hours. In addition to the extended flight, the Carrier H4 Hybrid has the largest capacity for carrying payload on the market.

“Both of these elements are essential to completing LiDAR surveys, as the drone must remain in the air for an extended period of time to capture the image,” Harris says. “This is just another of the very practical uses for the hybrid drone market, which is the future of commercial applications of drones.

To see the new Carrier H4 Hybrid conduct the first LiDAR survey, please view the video found here.

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For more information media should contact –

Ben Harris, Harris Aerial,  850-380-4748, ben@harrisaerial.com

Carol Ann Dykes Logue, UCF Business Incubation Program, 407-207-7426, carolann.dykeslogue@ucf.edu

Alan Byrd, Alan Byrd & Associates, 407-415-8470, Alan@ByrdConnections.com

About Harris Aerial: Harris Aerial is a heavy-lift drone manufacturer that builds drones for geo-spatial surveying, emergency response, utility inspections, search and rescue, agriculture, professional cinematography. Fitted with the best components on the market, our heavy-lift drones are manufactured in-house, in the United States of America.   Advanced CNC machining and various 3D printing capabilities allow for unique application-specific innovation. For more information, visit harrisaerial.com.

About the UCF Business Incubation Program: The University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program is a community resource that provides early-stage companies with the tools, training and infrastructure to become financially stable, high growth/impact enterprises. Since 1999, this award-winning program has helped more than 390 local startup companies reach their potential faster by providing vital business development resources.

With seven facilities throughout the region, the UCF Business Incubation Program is an economic development partnership between the University of Central Florida, the Corridor, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties, and the cities of Apopka, Kissimmee, Orlando and Winter Springs.  For the 2014/15 and 2015/16 fiscal years, the activities of these participating firms have helped sustain more than 4,710 local jobs and have had a cumulative impact of more than $725 million on regional GDP and more than $1.3 billion on regional sales. During the same period, the program has returned $7.41 for every $1 invested in the program. For more information, visit www.incubator.ucf.edu