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Topcon announces FFA unmanned aerial system exemption

April 27, 2015

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Topcon Positioning Systems has announced its national exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that allows for the operation of its unmanned aerial system (UAS) in the U.S.

The exemption covers the operation of the company’s Sirius Basic and Sirius Pro systems for aerial data collection. 

The Sirius Pro and Sirius Basic systems are designed to produce the most accurate solutions for the automated mapping of a wide range of sites - regardless of the terrain.

These sites include: agricultural operations including field mapping and livestock management; construction sites, mines and quarries; plus transmission line and pipeline inspection in land surveying.

With the Sirius Pro model, Topcon eliminates the need for ground control points by combining real time kinematic (RTK) global navigation satellite system solutions with precision timing technology to provide accurate mapping results.

“This exemption is exciting news for the U.S. marketplace,” said Eduardo Falcon, executive vice president and general manager of the Topcon GeoPositioning Solutions Group.

Falcon says this allows Topcon to be a resource for end-users and provide UAS demonstrations and training.

Building on the success the Sirius models have already seen in the European and Australian markets, he says this exemption allows Topcon to expand on the momentum in the U.S. 

“Aerial data collection has a strong impending impact on all the industries we serve, and the possibilities for survey, construction, and agricultural applications are seemingly limitless,” said Falcon.

For more information about Topcon aerial mapping solutions, go online to

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