Carlson Software has released the American-made Carlson Aerial Platform (CAP50). The drone offers up to 6 lb of payload capacity. It features multiple payload options for photogrammetry, LiDAR, and bathymetry.

The CAP50 has a 22-minute flight time with a 5-lb payload and has been tested against 50 mph winds with maximum payload. The onboard omnidirectional collision avoidance system is LiDAR range finder-based and works in both day and night conditions.

“We wanted to offer a U.S.-made drone to anyone in search of a U.S.-made option,” said Derek Roche, product manager and sales director for Carlson. “With regulations against foreign drones flying in government airspace, the CAP50 is more than capable and stands out from other options on the market in terms of capability, quality, and durability.”

The quadcopter features a carbon fiber frame and has 465-kv motors rotating 18.5-in. carbon fiber propellers powered by a rechargeable 22.8V 6S 25,000-mAh battery. Onboard is a RTK GNSS that uses a LiDAR range finder for altitude accuracy and vertical stability. The CAP50 can be programmed and controlled via an included flight controller with a touch screen.

Carlson software packages and bundles are available to suit the workflow, application, and the capture method of all CAP50 payload options. This includes Carlson PhotoCapture for photogrammetry as well as Carlson Point Cloud Basic and Advanced for LiDAR and Bathymetric data.