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Topcon system cleared to take to the skies

Company gets Federal Aviation Administration exemption to use of its unmanned aerial system in the United States.

The race to use unmanned aerial systems in more industries is on now that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has issued draft rules for potential operators. Recently, Topcon Positioning Systems was granted a national exemption by the FAA to cover operation of the Sirius Basic and Sirius Pro for aerial data collection.

According to a press announcement, the Serious Pro and Sirius Basic systems are designed to provide accurate information capture using automated mapping on a wide range of sites - regardless of terrain. Topcon works in a number of industries including construction, mines and quarries, transmission line and pipeline inspection and agriculture. It's product line will work in all of those industries.

The company says with the Sirius Pro model, it has eliminated the need for ground control points by combining RTK and GNSS solutions with precision timing technology for accurate mapping.

In the announcement, Eduardo Falcon, executive vice president and general manager, Topcon GeoPositioning Solutions Group, says: "This exemption is exciting news for the U.S. marketplace. It allows Topcon to be a resource for end-users and provide UAS demonstrations and training. 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."

Topcon already has the Sirius product at work in the European and Australian markets, so Falcon says the FAA exemption allows the company to "expand that momentum in the U.S."

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