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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

Compact and extremely lightweight UAV LiDAR Sensor

miniVUX-2UAV - Compact drone LiDAR scanner

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.


Dimensions243 x 111 x 85 mm (with cooling fan)
243 x 99 x 85 mm (without cooling fan)
Weight1.6 kg (with cooling fan)
1.55 kg (without cooling fan)
Power Supply11 – 34 VDC
Laser Pulse Repetition Rate100 Hz/200 Hz
Field of ViewUp to 360 degrees
Scan Speed10 – 100 scans/sec

Lightweight, High-Point-Density UAV Laser Scanner

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.


Dimensions380 mm x 164 mm x 185 mm (with IMU/GNSS)
292 mm x 164 mm x 185 mm (without IMU/GNSS)
Weight4.9 kg (with IMU/GNSS)
4.1 kg (without IMU/GNSS)
Power Supply11 – 34 VDC
Laser Pulse Repetition RateUp to 1800 kHz
Field of View75 degrees
Scan Speed40 – 400 scans/sec

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.


Dimensions360 mm x 285 mm x 200 mm
Weight15 kg (with IMU/GNSS and camera/scanner)
12 kg (without)
Power Supply18– 34 VDC
Laser Pulse Repetition Rate50 – 200 kHz
Field of View40 degrees
Scan Speed10 – 100 scans/sec

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.