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The Whale

"The Whale" is both transportation and a data collection and analysis facility for the LiDAR systems.

“The Whale” is both transportation and a data collection and analysis facility for the LiDAR systems.

The Whale serves as transportation to and from experiments for the group, and also as a data collection and analysis facility for our LiDAR systems. Bill Eichinger originally used the mobile lab while working at Los Alamos Laboratory. Since then, the vehicle has been stripped down to its “bones” and has been custom rebuilt entirely by University of Iowa students and staff. The vehicle is a great improvement from previous mobile labs, which included windowless trailers.

The Whale is equipped with five PC computers for data collection and analysis, six flat-screen monitors, GPS tracking and navigation, air conditioning, and a sound system that is iPod compatible. It is powered by a 15kW generator in the rear of the vehicle, which is protected by fireproof boards. There is an elastic LiDAR system in the rear of the vehicle to allow for mobile LiDAR profiling. Previously, a turret system was used to enable azimuthal and vertical scanning; however, currently only vertical profiling is possible.

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Last modified on June 25th, 2015
Posted on December 21st, 2011

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