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UAV teams achieve success with help from Teledyne DALSA cameras


Kit from Teledyne DALSA helped the University of Toronto Aerospace Team’s (UTAT) UAV and Aerial Robotics Divisions to success at the recent Unmanned Systems Canada’s national competition.

Honours went to both teams with awards for the design and performance of their custom-built unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). This flew autonomous search patterns while capturing images at approximately 200 feet above ground.

Teledyne DALSA was a platinum sponsor of the event and provided two Genie cameras for the mission. A Genie TS-C4096, the primary payload, provided complete coverage of surveillance regions with high ground resolutions for effective target detection and characterization. A lighter Genie Nano C1940 model provided high-resolution color imaging from a multirotor.

The UAV and Aerial Robotics Divisions were two of thirteen university student teams to compete in the Flying Phase of the 9th Unmanned Systems Canada UAS Student Competition. The teams were ranked for their ability to accurately report goose population attributes, including the geolocations of detected nests, the number of distinct goose species observed and a census count for each of these species. UAV and Aerial Robotics Divisions were placed second and first in the design phase, and first and fourth in flight operations respectively.

Erik Chau, team lead for UTAT, said: “We have had great success using Teledyne DALSA Genie cameras for practical applications like target recognition and identification, precision agriculture and wildlife monitoring. With the recent release of the Linux Gig-E Framework, we are able to acquire high-resolution images at very fast frame rates on an Odroid XU4 running a Ubuntu operating system.”