UIMC is making an “all-seeing eye” for Russian dronesScientists at Russia’s Siberian Federal University have developed a radio altimeter that allows drones to operate at a height of just ten meters above the ground.

« This development will be able to significantly improve aerial surveys, which frequently require a lot of photographic mapping. This might be photography and video surveillance with a high level of detail, or geological exploration work, » Peter Sharshavin, a lecturer at the university’s Institute of Engineering, Physics and Radio Electronics and lead researcher on the project, said in a press release issued by the local administration of Krasnoyarsk Krai.

« The radio altimeter also has an ‘autopilot’ function for landing on unequipped runways. This will significantly improve the quality of exploration without increasing its cost, » Sharshavin explained.

The radio altimeter developed at Siberian Federal University promises to be more accurate than most other height sensors.

RAF Reaper MQ-9 remotely piloted air systemA radio altimeter, also known as a radar altimeter, is an airborne electronic device that measures the distance between the aircraft and the terrain directly below it. They are commonly used to land large commercial or military aircraft.

However, they are generally


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