AXYS to produce next generation laser wind sensor with OADS

January 9, 2013

Effective immediately, AXYS Technologies Inc. has partnered with Optical Air Data Systems (OADS) to develop and manufacture the Vindicator® Generation 3 Laser Wind Sensor for the AXYS WindSentinel™ floating wind resource assessment system.

Combining the current Vindicator® technology with lessons learned from the world’s first commercially deployed floating LIDAR systems, the Vindicator® Generation 3 Laser Wind Sensor will feature enhanced wind resource data collection combined with an innovative lens cleaning solution specifically designed to deliver reliable, accurate results in the challenging marine environment.

“OADS developed the original Vindicator® simultaneous pulsing, motion compensated laser wind sensor technology that has already proven itself in our deployments to date. They are well positioned to support us as we move to the next generation systems that are needed to support future developments in the offshore wind sector such as higher turbine blade tips and more remote deployments” says Graham Howe of AXYS Technologies Inc.

AXYS Technologies Inc., is an ISO 9001-2008 registered Canadian company with over 35 years experience in the development, deployment, and maintenance of offshore remote sensing systems. The WindSentinel™ is the world’s first floating buoy system that uses a simultaneously pulsing laser wind sensor to accurately measure wind speed, wind direction, and turbulence offshore at turbine hub-height and across the blade span. Deployed on the NOMAD buoy platform, this fully motion-compensated solution significantly reduces the costs and risks associated with offshore wind resource assessment.

Optical Air Data Systems, LLC (OADS), a high technology, award winning Small Business, is a rapid developer of lightweight, rugged Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) remote sensing solutions for real world precision measurement applications. OADS has a state of the art design, engineering,
manufacturing, as well as field and flight test facility located in Manassas, Virginia. Born out of the aerospace industry, OADS has established itself as a
world leader in the development of customized all-fiber motion-compensated LIDAR solutions that meet the reliability, maintainability, and survivability
requirements essential for platform based sensors. Over its 22-year history, OADS’ experienced management and engineering team has launched numerous products including the world’s first laser based air data system for rotary and fixed wing aircraft, LIDAR for wind turbine control, hand held laser wind sensors, as well as laser range finders.