New Airborne LiDAR Scanning System for Topo-Bathymetric Survey

The HydroRANGER can be integrated into helicopter UAVs and is ideal for mapping land-water interfaces By Mike Ball / 09 Jun 2022
Phoenix LiDAR Hydroranger
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Phoenix LiDAR has launched the HydroRANGER, a new LiDAR scanning solution that provides dual-purpose topographic and bathymetric measurement capabilities.

Designed to be mounted on manned and unmanned helicopters, the HydroRANGER is ideal for mapping land-water interfaces in environments such as rivers, coasts, reservoirs and more.

HydroRANGER - bathymetric LiDAR scanning systemThe survey industry has seen a growing need for consistent bathymetric mapping in highly dynamic shoreline environments. Near-shore topobathymetric digital elevation models (DEMs) are essential for a wide variety of applications, from studying the effects of climate change and generating hydrodynamic models to creating nautical charts and assisting in coral habitat conservation.

The high-resolution and high-accuracy scanner uses a visible green spectrum laser with an elliptical scan pattern. It provides measurement rates of up to 200 kHz, and is capable of measuring in excess of 2 Secchi depths. The HydroRANGER also integrates Phoenix LiDAR’s AIR NavBox, a lightweight rover that allows configuration of heavier payloads and integration of the highest resolution cameras on the market.

Watch a video about the HydroRANGER below, featuring a dataset with 17-metre water depth penetration:

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact