Microdrones mdLiDAR1000

Fully integrated aerial LiDAR system, proven for commercial and professional use.

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Fully integrated LIDAR drone system

Microdrones presents their first fully integrated LIDAR drone system, partnered with the industry-leading md4-1000. This UAV is built specifically for professional and commercial applications and use. LIDAR is known as the premier technology for geospatial data capture. This platform can be used in a range of different industries and applications, including mining, construction, environmental changes over time, forestry uses, gradient mapping and many more.

Bringing laser focus to your projects

The mdSolutions system is resistant to rain, sand and salt, so you can fly in harsh conditions.
Thorough georeferencing data processing using POSPac UAV. Automated final point cloud processing using mdLiDAR processing software
Fully automated mission execution and realtime mission monitoring using mdCockpit
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Simple mission planning using mdCockpit. User inputs the point density or flying height and drone speed
Final point cloud in standard ASPRS LAS format usable in any GIS or CAD software environment.
mdLiDAR1000 consistently provides an accuracy of 6 cm (0.2 ft) when flown at 40 m (130 ft) at a speed of 3 m/s.

Microdrones makes it simple

mdLiDAR1000 is a fully integrated system for producing 3D point clouds optimized for land surveying, construction, oil & gas, and mining applications.
mdLiDAR1000 consistently provides an accuracy of 6 cm (0.2 ft) when flown at 40 m (130 ft) at a speed of 3 m/s.

Microdrones has developed an end-to-end LiDAR solution combining a drone, a LiDAR payload, a fully integrated software workflow, and world class support to consistently provide quality deliverables.

Plan - simple mission planning using mdCockpit and user inputs the point density or flying height and drone sped.
Fly - fully automated mission execution and realtime mission monitoring using mdCockpit
Process - through georeferencing data processing using POSPac UAV and automated final point cloud processing using mdLiDAR processing software.
VIsualise - final point cloud in standard ASPRS LAS format usable in any GIS or CAD software environment

Technical specifications

  • General Overview
  • Point Density Estimation
General Overview
Description Specifications
UAV md4-1000
Laser Scanner SICK
Georeferencing sensor Trimble APX-15
Laser Point Rate 19,500 points/sec
Flight range Up to 10 km (total flight distance under standard flight conditions)
Maximum Laser Range 100 m (under standard operating conditions – up to 60 m is recommended for reasonable laser point density)
Weigh 6 kg
Speed up to 6 m/s (for a reasonable point density)
Endurance 25 min
System Operation Temperature -10°C (14°F) up to 50°C (122°F)
Wavelength Near infrared (no laser returns from any water body)
Class 1 laser (100% eye safe)
Field of view 85°
Number of Returns 3 (Typically treetop and bare earth)
Point Density Estimation
Flight Altitude AGL (m/ft) 30/100 40/130 50/165
Speed (m/s) Point Density (pts/m2) Point Density (pts/m2) Point Density (pts/m2)
2 160 120 95
3 105 80 65
4 80 60 50
5 65 50 40
Swath width 55 m 75 m 95 m
Flight time 25 min 25 min 25 min
Number of Laser Returns 3 3 3

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