Emesent announced that their Hovermap autonomy and mapping payload is now plug-and-play compatible with the Zoe aircraft from Acecore Technologies. This seamless integration brings the power of Hovermap’s proven autonomy functions to Zoe, allowing it to fly beyond line of sight and communication range — even in challenging GPS-denied environments.
Peter Dickinson, Head of Product Management for Emesent says:
“We’re excited to be expanding Hovermap’s compatibility to this new range of aircraft.”
Acecore has built a reputation for developing high-quality drone platforms which are used in some of the harshest conditions on the planet. Their Zoe model has an impressive set of specifications that are well suited for Hovermap. Dickinson said:
“Zoe’s ability to handle harsh environments and carry a large payload make it a great match for Hovermap. It can carry both Hovermap and a full-frame gimballed camera, making the Hovermap-Zoe combination a great solution for inspection and mapping work.”
Hovermap provides omnidirectional, LiDAR-based, collision avoidance and stable GPS-denied flight, which is why leading mining organizations use it the world over. Hovermap allows users to fly safely up close to, inside, or underneath assets, to map them and capture detailed images. This includes everything from stopes, draw points, ore passes to oil and gas rigs and bridges. The combination of Australian and European technology makes the Hovermap-Zoe solution suitable for sensitive government or defense locations. Jorrit Linders, Founder and CEO of Acecore says:
“This integration with Hovermap expands Zoe’s abilities, bringing a new level of autonomy to our drones. It’s exciting to see industry leading companies taking advantage of our developer program to customize and integrate with our drones and distribute the final product as an OEM.”
A key enabler for this integration was making Hovermap compatible with the open-source ArduPilot flight control platform, which is one of the world’s most popular flight controllers, installed in over one million vehicles worldwide. In the case of Zoe, this is run on the Cube hardware. Hovermap is compatible with both the Cube Orange or the Cube Blue.
Hovermap’s autonomy is integrated with ArduPilot at its core, providing full control of all elements of the flight controller and providing an extremely robust solution. The ArduPilot compatibility will enable Hovermap integration with many more drone platforms going forward. Dr Stefan Hrabar, Emesent CEO and Co Founder says:
“The launch of the Hovermap-Zoe platform and the ArduPilot integration is another step towards expanding Hovermap’s versatility and its variety of uses. It opens up a world of possibilities for the future and enables us to give Hovermap users more choice when it comes to the platforms they can use for capturing data.”
The powerful Hovermap-Zoe solution will be presented by Emesent at the Commercial UAV Expo, running from 7th to 9th September in Las Vegas. After which, Hovermap-Zoe will be available worldwide through Emesent’s global reseller network. Visit the Emesent website for more information.