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RIEGL is a leading developer and manufacturer of state-of-the-art, professional solutions for UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) and drone-based LiDAR surveying.

Our powerful LiDAR sensors, laser scanning systems and drone platforms provide reliable, high-quality data for a wide variety of commercial and civil LiDAR surveying applications, including forestry, construction, mining, topography and hydrographic surveys.

LiDAR Sensors & Systems for UAV-based Surveying

RIEGL miniVUX-3UAV

High-density lightweight LiDAR scanner for UAVs

miniVUX-3UAV

The RIEGL miniVUX-3UAV is a compact, lightweight laser scanner designed for the SWaP requirements of UAVs. With a selectable pulse repetition rate of up to 300 kHz, a field of view of up to 360°, and up to 100,000 measurements per second, it provides a high-density point pattern for acquisition of small details.RIEGL miniVUX-3 lightweight LiDAR scanner

Unique Waveform-LiDAR technology enables echo digitization and online waveform processing, with multi-target resolution for penetrating even dense foliage. The wavelength of the miniVUX-3UAV has been optimized for the measurement of snowy and icy terrain.

The miniVUX-3UAV can be used as a standalone unit or integrated with an external IMU. Scan data can be stored on an easily accessible SD card, or streamed via LAN-TCP/IP.

Specifications:

Dimensions 243 x 111 x 85 mm (with cooling fan)
243 x 99 x 85 mm (without cooling fan)
Weight 1.6 kg (with cooling fan)
1.55 kg (without cooling fan)
Power Supply 11 – 34 VDC
Laser Pulse Repetition Rate 100/200/300 kHz
Field of View 360° @ 100 kHz, 200 kHz reduced power
180° @ 200 kHz
120° @ 300 kHz
Scan Speed 10 – 100 scans/sec) @ 100 kHz, 200 kHz reduced power
20 – 100 scans/sec) @ 200 kHz
30 – 100 scans/sec) @ 300 kHz
Accuracy 15mm
Precision 10mm

RIEGL miniVUX-2UAV

Compact and extremely lightweight LiDAR Sensor for UAV

miniVUX-2UAV

The RIEGL miniVUX-2UAV is a lightweight, compact LiDAR sensor designed to be integrated into UAVs. The system’s small footprint makes it ideal for unmanned platforms with restricted layouts or payload capacities.

RIEGL miniVUX-2UAV – compact and extremely lightweight UAV LiDAR SensorThe sister type of the proven RIEGL miniVUX-1UAV sensor offers 100 kHz and 200 kHz laser pulse repetition rate (PRR). With 200 kHz PRR, the sensor provides up to 200,000 measurements per second and thus a dense point pattern on the ground for UAV-based applications that require the acquisition of small objects.

RIEGL’s unique Waveform-LiDAR technology allows echo digitization and online waveform processing, with multi-target resolution for penetrating even dense foliage.

The wavelength of the miniVUX-2UAV is also optimized for the measurement of snowy and icy terrain.

The miniVUX-2UAV provides mechanical and electrical interfaces for external IMU integration. Scan data can be stored on an easily accessible SD card, or streamed via LAN-TCP/IP.

Specifications:

Dimensions 243 x 111 x 85 mm (with cooling fan)
243 x 99 x 85 mm (without cooling fan)
Weight 1.6 kg (with cooling fan)
1.55 kg (without cooling fan)
Power Supply 11 – 34 VDC
Laser Pulse Repetition Rate 100 kHz/200 kHz
Field of View Up to 360 degrees
Scan Speed 10 – 100 scans/sec
Accuracy 15mm
Precision 10mm

RIEGL VUX-240

High-Point-Density, Lightweight Laser Scanner for UAV

VUX-240 – lightweight drone laser scanner

The RIEGL VUX-240 is a lightweight airborne laser scanner designed for fixed-wing and multirotor UAVs as well as unmanned helicopters. With scan speeds of up to 400 lines per second, the system can efficiently and accurately cover large areas even from fast-moving UAVs.

VUX-240 – lightweight UAV laser scannerA 75-degree field of view and ultra-fast data acquisition rate of up to 1.8 MHz makes the sensor ideally suited for high point density corridor mapping applications. RIEGL’s state-of-the-art Waveform-LiDAR technology provides echo digitization, online waveform processing, and multi-target capability for penetrating even dense foliage.

The VUX-240 provides an internal data storage capacity of 1 TByte, and can be interfaced to an external IMU/GNSS as well as up to four external cameras. The sensor can be directly accessed via WLAN, allowing users to quickly and easily change configuration settings and check system status.

Specifications:

Dimensions 380 mm x 164 mm x 185 mm (with IMU/GNSS)
292 mm x 164 mm x 185 mm (without IMU/GNSS)
Weight 4.9 kg (with IMU/GNSS)
4.1 kg (without IMU/GNSS)
Power Supply 11 – 34 VDC
Laser Pulse Repetition Rate Up to 1800 kHz
Field of View 75 degrees
Scan Speed 40 – 400 scans/sec
Accuracy 20mm
Precision 15mm

RIEGL VUX-120

High-Point-Density UAV Laser Scanner for Corridor Mapping

VUX-120VUX-120 UAV Laser Scanner

The RIEGL VUX-120 is a versatile UAV LiDAR scanner with a 100-degree field of view and incredibly fast data acquisition rate of up to 1.8 MHz. Delivering up to 400 scan lines and 1.5 million effective measurements per second on the ground, it is ideal for fixed-wing UAV corridor mapping.

The system’s measuring beam consecutively scans in three different directions – strictly vertical down, +10° forward oblique, and -10° backward oblique – providing data capture with an unrivalled completeness, even in challenging environments with vertical surfaces and narrow canyons. With a multi-target capability of up to 15 targets per pulse, the scanner penetrates even dense vegetation.

The VUX-120 provides an internal data storage capacity of 1 TByte, and can be connected to an external IMU/GNSS as well as up to two external cameras. The sensor can be directly accessed via WLAN, allowing users to quickly and easily change configuration settings and check system status.

Specifications:

Dimensions 225 mm x 117 mm x 126 mm (without Interfacing Unit)
242 mm x 117 mm x 126 mm (with Interfacing Unit)
Weight 2 kg (without Interfacing Unit)
2.3 kg (with Interfacing Unit)
Power Supply 11 – 34 VDC
Laser Pulse Repetition Rate Up to 1800 kHz
Field of View 100 degrees
Scan Speed 50 – 400 scans/sec
Accuracy 10mm
Precision 5mm

RIEGL VQ-840-G

Compact Topo-Bathymetric Airborne Laser Scanner

VQ-840-G - fully integrated drone LiDAR laser scanner

The RIEGL VQ-840-G is a compact and lightweight laser scanner for combined bathymetric and topographic surveying. The system is offered with an optionally integrated and factory-calibrated GNSS/IMU system and can be complemented with an optional camera or IR rangefinder. The VQ-840-G can be installed on various platforms including UAVs.

VQ-840-G drone LiDAR laser scanner

A visible green laser provides water penetration for high-resolution surveying of underwater topography and measurement of submerged targets. A measurement rate of up to 200 kHz and high scanning speed of up to 100 scans/sec provides superior spatial resolution, and the system offers concurrent full waveform storage of all measurements for subsequent analysis.

The VQ-840-G is ideal for a wide range of applications, including coastline and shallow water mapping, surveying for hydraulic engineering, and hydro-archaeological surveys.

Specifications:

Dimensions 360 mm x 285 mm x 200 mm
Weight 15 kg (with IMU/GNSS and camera or IR rangefinder)
12 kg (without)
Power Supply 18– 34 VDC
Laser Pulse Repetition Rate 50 – 200 kHz
Field of View 40 degrees
Scan Speed 10 – 100 scans/sec
Accuracy 20mm
Precision 15mm

RIEGL VUX-1UAV

Lightweight, Survey-Grade UAV LiDAR Sensor

RIEGL VUX-1UAV – Lightweight, Survey-Grade UAV LiDAR Sensor

The RIEGL VUX-1UAV is a survey-grade LiDAR sensor, with a rugged compact design that allows it to be easily mounted to UAVs in any orientation and even under extensive SWaP constraints.

VUX-1UAV professional LiDAR scannerThe measurement rate of up to 500 kHz and 330-degree field of view provide superior measurement performance and practically unrestricted data acquisition.

The system can be interfaced with an external IMU. Survey datasets are stored on an internal 1TByte SSD, and line scan data can also be streamed in real-time via the integrated LAN-TCP/IP interface.

Specifications:

Dimensions 227 x 209 x 129 mm (with cooling fan)
227 x 180 x 125 mm (without cooling fan)
Weight 3.75 kg (with cooling fan)
3.5 kg (without cooling fan)
Power Supply 11– 34 VDC
Laser Pulse Repetition Rate Up to 550 kHz
Field of View Up to 330 degrees
Scan Speed 10 – 200 scans/sec
Accuracy 10mm
Precision 5mm

RIEGL miniVUX-1UAV

Compact and Extremely Lightweight UAV LiDAR Sensor

RIEGL miniVUX-1UAV – Compact and Extremely Lightweight UAV LiDAR Sensor

The RIEGL miniVUX-1UAV is an extremely lightweight laser scanner specially designed for integration into UAVs. Featuring a robust aluminium housing, the system has a small footprint that makes it ideal for unmanned platforms with restricted layouts or payload capacities.

RIEGL miniVUX-1UAV – Compact and Extremely Lightweight UAV LiDAR SensorThe sensor is capable of up to 100,000 measurements per second and up to 100 scans per second with a 360-degree field of view. RIEGL’s unique Waveform-LiDAR technology allows echo digitization and online waveform processing, with multi-target resolution for penetrating even dense foliage.

The wavelength of the miniVUX-1UAV is also optimized for the measurement of snowy and icy terrain.

The miniVUX-1UAV provides mechanical and electrical interfaces for external IMU integration. Scan data can be stored on an easily accessible SD card, or streamed via LAN-TCP/IP.

Specifications:

Dimensions 243 x 111 x 85 mm (with cooling fan)
243 x 99 x 85 mm (without cooling fan)
Weight 1.6 kg (with cooling fan)
1.55 kg (without cooling fan)
Power Supply 11– 34 VDC
Laser Pulse Repetition Rate 100 kHz
Field of View Up to 360 degrees
Scan Speed 10 – 100 scans/sec
Accuracy 15mm
Precision 10mm

RIEGL miniVUX-1DL

UAV LiDAR Sensor Optimized for Corridor Mapping

RIEGL miniVUX-1DL – UAV LiDAR Sensor Optimized for Corridor Mapping

The RIEGL miniVUX-1DL is a downward-facing laser scanner for UAVs that is specially tailored to corridor mapping applications such as inspection and monitoring of railways, roads, power lines and other infrastructure and utilities.

RIEGL miniVUX-1DL – UAV LiDAR Sensor Optimized for Corridor MappingWith a 46-degree field of view, the sensor utilizes a circular scan pattern that produces excellent point density and point distribution. RIEGL’s state-of-the-art Waveform-LiDAR technology allows echo digitization and online waveform processing, with multi-target resolution for penetrating even dense foliage.

Scan data can be stored on an easily accessible SD card, or streamed via LAN-TCP/IP. In addition to the standalone unit, RIEGL also offers options for integration with IMU/GNSS systems as well as RGB cameras.

Specifications:

Dimensions 232 x 111 x 123 mm (with cooling fan)
232 x 99 x 123 mm (without cooling fan)
Weight 2.4 kg
Power Supply 11– 34 VDC
Laser Pulse Repetition Rate 100 kHz
Field of View 46 degrees
Scan Speed 20 – 150 scans/sec
Accuracy 15mm
Precision 10mm

LiDAR Scanning Drones & UAVs

RiCOPTER with VUX-SYS – Fully Integrated, Miniaturized Airborne Laser Scanning System

RiCOPTER with VUX-SYS – Fully Integrated, miniaturized Airborne Laser Scanning System

The RiCOPTER with VUX-SYS is a ready-to-fly airborne laser scanning UAS that integrates RIEGL’s RiCOPTER UAV with a complete, fully integrated, miniaturized airborne laser scanning system, which comprises the RIEGL VUX-1UAV LiDAR sensor, a high performance IMU/GNSS system, and camera(s).

The complete system is designed for acquisition of high-accuracy, high-resolution laser scan and image data for a wide variety of survey-grade professional applications, such as precision agriculture and forestry, aerial pipeline inspection and urban environment surveying.

Airborne Laser Scanning System

The VUX-1UAV scanner features a 230-degree field of view, a 350 kHz measurement rate and 10 mm accuracy, and can be interfaced with up to three digital cameras via a control unit. Precise timestamps of camera release events are stored within the raw scan data stream, enabling subsequent combination of point cloud data and imagery.

Specifications:

Dimensions 1920 x 1820 x 470 mm (ready to fly)
624 x 986 x 470 (folded)
MTOM 25 kg
Max Payload Weight 6.5 kg
Max Operational Altitude 3000m (10,000 ft)
Flight Endurance Up to 30 min
Cruising Speed 6 – 8 m/s
LiDAR Scanning Drone
RiCOPTER with VUX-SYS

RiCOPTER-M – Professional Multirotor Drone for Surveys

RiCOPTER-M – Professional Multirotor Drone for Surveys

The RiCOPTER-M is an enhanced variant of the RiCOPTER multirotor drone, featuring an increased payload capacity of 15kg.

RiCOPTER-M Professional Multirotor DroneThe increased carrying capacity allows survey professionals to fly multiple UAV LiDAR sensors along with RGB, thermal and other cameras in a single mission in highly sensitive areas and situations of limited access.

Critical safety features include the RiCopterControl redundant flight control system, and an ADS-B/Mode-S transponder that allows the UAV to be used in conjunction with air traffic management and in close proximity to manned aircraft. The command and control link is available in 433, 868 or 915 MHz, and the system can deliver 5.8 GHz video downstream.

Specifications:

Dimensions 1920 x 1820 x 470 mm (ready to fly)
624 x 986 x 470 (folded)
MTOM 40kg
Max Payload Weight 15 kg
Max Operational Altitude 3000m (10,000 ft)
Flight Endurance Up to 20 min (10kg payload)
Up to 15 min (15kg payload)
Cruising Speed 20 – 30 km/h

BathyCopter –
Multirotor Drone for Bathymetric LiDAR Surveys

BathyCopter – Multirotor Drone for Bathymetric LiDAR Surveys

The BathyCopter is a variant of RIEGL’s RiCOPTER UAV that has been specially designed for hydrographic and bathymetric surveying applications, and is ideal for generating profiles of inland waterbodies.

Drone for Bathymetric Survey

The robust and reliable platform design of RIEGL’s remotely piloted RiCOPTER now integrates the RIEGL BDF-1, a compact and lightweight bathymetric depth finder comprising of tilt compensator, an IMU/GNSS unit with antenna, a control unit and up to two external digital cameras. The BDF-1 can optionally be equipped with a miniVUX-Series LiDAR sensor.

BathyCopter - Bathymetric Survey LiDAR DroneSophisticated post-processing techniques, using pre-detection averaging, deliver enhanced performance at depth even in adverse conditions. RIEGL’s patented hydrographic full waveform processing algorithm provides reliable high-accuracy datasets optimized for hydrography-specific attributes and point classification.

Specifications:

Dimensions 1920 x 1820 x 470 mm (ready to fly)
624 x 986 x 470 (folded)
MTOM 25kg
Operational Altitude 10 – 40 m above water surface level
Flight Endurance Up to 30 min
Achievable Secchi Depth 1.0 (4000 measurements/sec, single pulse)
1.2 (400 measurements/sec, 10 pulses averaged)
1.5 (40 measurements/sec, 100 pulses averaged)

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LiDAR Sensors and Systems / Remotely Piloted Airborne Platforms for Surveying, Mapping & Bathymetry
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