Microdrones mdLiDAR3000

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An end-to-end LiDAR solution

The mdLiDAR3000 is the complete package to add unmanned aerial LiDAR to geomatics services. It is an end-to-end LiDAR solution combining a drone, LiDAR payload and fully integrated software workflow. It leverages the remarkable mdLiDAR 3000 lifting power, resilience and efficiency of the Microdrones aircraft platform and carries - with ease - the integrated Riegl miniVUX-1UAV and a Sony RX1R II camera.

The complete mapping package

Planning made simple! Conduct simple mission planning and simply input the density or flying height and drone speed. Nothing could be easier!
Enjoy piloting one of the world’s best drones and benefit from fully-automated mission execution and real-time mission monitoring.
You’ll enjoy secure georeferencing data processing using the dual-IMU Applanix APX-20 and POSPac UA. In addition, automated final cloud processing using mdLiDAR processing software.
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The Microdrones moulding process keeps all electronics and wiring protected from the elements. The system is resistant to rain, sand and salt, so you can fly in almost any conditions.
The robust carbon fibre construction makes easy work of rough landings and also insulates interior components so you can fly at more extreme temperature and humidity levels.
The smart autopilot system instantly responds to changing winds to maintain the proper flight attitude. For mapping applications, this stable flight delivers more accurate and precise data

True end-to-end workflow from planning, flight, processing and visualising.

The mdLiDAR3000 includes - as its flying platform - the robust, powerful, stable and dependable md4-3000. It comes standard with the Sony RX1R II which offers a 42.4 megapixel output paired with a custom, lightweight, vibration-free, Nadir mount to capture the images you need for point colourisation. It has fully integrated LiDAR, and mdLiDAR processing software which offers complete point cloud processing and data export via a single integrated software suite and workflow. It has direct georeferencing and post-processing software, MdCockpit - for simple survey planning and flight progress monitoring - and all of this comes in a rugged, go-anywhere field case.

Technical specifications

  • mdLiDAR3000 (equipped with RIEGL miniVUX‑1UAV)
  • miniVUX‑1UAV
  • mdLiDAR3000 (equipped with RIEGL miniVUX‑1DL)
  • miniVUX‑1DL
mdLiDAR3000 (equipped with RIEGL miniVUX‑1UAV)
Product Components Technical Specifications Accuracy Specifications
Airframe: Microdrones md4-3000 drone Weight: 14 kg LiDAR Pointcloud: Horizontal: 1 – 3 cm // Vertical: 1 – 5 cm
LiDAR Sensor: LiDAR Sensor: Riegl miniVUX‑1UAV System Operation Temperature: -10 °C (14 °F) up to 50 °C (122 °F) Photogrammetry: Horizontal: 1 – 2 pixels // Vertical: 3 – 4 pixels
Camera: Sony RX1R II Number of Laser Returns: 5
Georeferencing sensor: Trimble APX20Planning Software: mdCockpit tabl Field of View: 56° (Optional 80°)
Processing Software Packages: POSPac UAV // mdLiDAR Processing Software Maximum Flight Altitude: 80m
Recommended Speed: Up to 6m/s (to Accommodate Photogrammetry Workflow)
miniVUX‑1UAV
Flight Altitude AGL (m/ft) 40/130 60/195 80/260
Speed (m/s) Point Density (pts/m2) Point Density (pts/m2) Point Density (pts/m2)
3 130 90 65
4 100 65 50
5 80 55 40
6 65 45 35
Swath width (m/ft)at 56° FOV 45/148 65/213 85/279
Swath width (m/ft) at 80° FOV 70/230 100/328 135/443
Number of Laser Returns 5 5 5
Example of a 20-Minute Flight (minutes)
Area Coverage at 20% Overlap (hectare/acres) 18/44.5 26/64 34/84
Area Coverage at 50% Overlap (hectare/acres) 11/27 17/42 21/52
mdLiDAR3000 (equipped with RIEGL miniVUX‑1DL)
Product Components Technical Specifications Accuracy Specifications
Airframe: Microdrones md4-3000 drone Weight: 14.8 kg LiDAR Pointcloud: Horizontal: 1 -3 cm // Vertical 2 - 4 cm
LiDAR Sensor: Riegl miniVUX‑1D System Operation Temperature: -10 °C (14 °F) up to 50 °C (122 °F) Photogrammetry: Horizontal: 1 - 2 pixels // Vertical: 3 - 4 pixelss
Camera: Sony RX1R II Number of Laser Returns: 5
Georeferencing sensor: Trimble APX20 Field of View: 46°
Planning Software: mdCockpit tablet Maximum Flight Altitude: 80m
Processing Software Packages: POSPac UAV // MdLiDAR Processing Software Recommended Speed: Up to 6m/s (to Accommodate Photogrammetry Workflow)
miniVUX‑1DL
Flight Altitude AGL (m/ft) 40/130 60/195 80/260
Speed (m/s) Point Density (Swath Center // Edge) in pts/m Point Density (Swath Center // Edge) in pts/m Point Density (Swath Center // Edge) in pts/m
3 308 // 2,637 206 // 2,144 154 // 1,853
4 227 // 1,977 152 // 1,607 114 // 1,391
5 188 // 1,581 126 // 1,289 94 // 1,113
6 156 // 1,317 106 // 1,072 80 // 928
Swath width (m/ft) at 46° FOV 34/112 50/164 68/223
Number of Laser Returns 5 5 5
Example of a 20-Minute Flight (minutes)
Area Coverage at 20% Overlap (hectare/acres) 13.5/33 20/49 27.5/68
Area Coverage at 50% Overlap (hectare/acres) 8.5/21 13/32 17/42

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