Topcon Announces Next Generation Flight Planning Software

LIVERMORE, Calif. & CAPELLE A/D IJSSEL, Netherlands–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Topcon Positioning Group announces the next generation flight planning
system for its rotary-wing
aerial UAV
offering — Intel® Mission Control Software.
The new software is designed to facilitate automated flight planning,
managing missions, and data handling for the Intel® Falcon
8+ Drone – Topcon® Edition and its available payload options.

The software is designed to increase accuracy with advanced mapping
features that allow operators to easily set project parameters and
prepare missions using presets for 2D areas like polygon, corridor and
city grid, as well as 3D structures like towers, buildings and facades.

“Operators can take advantage of 2D and 3D map views with the ability to
import more precise project details and parameters, including restricted
airspace, and support to adapt flight planning over difficult terrain.
It features the ability to import elevation, KML, GeoTIFF and Shapefiles
for real life visualizations targeted for accurate planning. Plus,
expanded preset options support automated flight including circle of
interest, panorama, and 2D and 3D missions with automatic elevation and
terrain adoption,” said Charles Rihner, vice president of planning for
Topcon Emerging Business.

Additionally, the software includes automatic pre-flight safety and
system checks while in mission planning. “Operators will receive
detailed communication such as estimated battery life, airspace
integration, ground and object safety limits, maximum dive and climb
rate, minimum and maximum altitude, camera speed, number of images,
camera storage, GSD check, and target photo coverage and quality,” said

The flight planning software is also designed to improve data handling
and export to support easier data processing. “It includes automated
image matching and geotagging of images during data import, for
increased time saving. Operators can preview and inspect the quality of
the collected data, including individual images, as well as an overview
of data coverage. Then, they can quickly and easily access and export
flight data, and filter datasets for easier processing,” said Rihner.

For more information, visit Topcon at,
always one step ahead in technology and customer benefits.

About Topcon Positioning Group

Topcon Positioning Group, always one step ahead in technology and
customer benefits, is an industry leading designer, manufacturer and
distributor of precision measurement and workflow solutions for the
global construction, geospatial and agriculture markets. Topcon
Positioning Group is headquartered in Livermore, California, U.S. (,
Its European head office is in Capelle a/d IJssel, the Netherlands.
Topcon Corporation (,
founded in 1932, is traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (7732).


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