Using Lidar for Recon
Using a 3D imaging lidar “ILRIS-3D” onboard the K-10 Black, we were able to collect 3D data along several waypoints of the west traverse.
The lidar is employed to perform geological survey i.e. detailed mapping of geological structures and features such as Mesas, depressions, boulders etc. The 3D nature of lidar data enhances the way the science team analyses the region of interest by giving them the ability to ascertain dimensions, ranges and bearings to features with high accuracy.
For added flexibility, the lidar is capable of capturing a single frame or a 360 degree panorama of the environment surrounding it giving the scientists the ability to concentrate on their area of interest. Over the next few days we will also be investigating the utility of imaging lidar in rover path planning and 3D situational awareness.