RIEGL offers a broad portfolio of LiDAR sensors for UAV-based surveying to meet the industry’s unique requirements
RIEGL VUX-120 LiDAR Sensor
The RIEGL VUX-120 weighs only 2kg (4.4 lbs) and measures only 225x120x125 mm, features up to 1.8 MHz PRR (Pulse Repetition Rate), delivers up to 400 scan lines and effective 1.5 million measurements per second on the ground. With its special multi-target capability of up to 15 targets per pulse, the VUX-120 penetrates even dense vegetation, resulting in a measurement performance of several million measurements per second. Interfaces for the integration of a high-quality IMU/GNSS system and several cameras are available. With these basic technical data, the scanner is the ultimate solution for fixed-wing UAVs in corridor mapping.
The RIEGL VUX-120 uses an innovative scanning pattern for the optimal detection of even vertical targets, such as high-voltage pylons, house facades or steep mountain slopes. In this so-called NFB (Nadir/Forward/Backward) scanning, the 100° wide field of view is scanned in alternating planes (strictly vertical down, +10° forward oblique, -10° backward oblique).
Additionally, the broad field of view enables users to fly parallel to the asset (i.e. side-looking scanning) instead of directly over the target. This ability significantly increases safety for applications such as the mapping of power line networks.
RIEGL VUX-240 Airborne Laser Scanner
RIEGL VUX-240, an airborne LiDAR sensor with less than 4 kg weight and a sophisticated design offering a 75° field of view, is now ready to be integrated on both small manned and larger unmanned aircraft. The high measurement rate of 1,500,000 meas./sec and a high scan speed of up to 400 lines/sec. are the basis for high scan efficiency, especially in applications like a power line, railway track, pipeline inspection, or topography in open-cast mining. Interfaces for an optional INS/GNSS system integration and up to 4 optional cameras are further convincing critical features of the new scanner.
RIEGL miniVUX-1UAV / miniVUX-2UAV / miniVUX-3UAV LiDAR Sensors
With the UAV LiDAR sensors of the RIEGL miniVUX series, extremely small and lightweight professional solutions for UAV-based surveying are available now.
The well-thought-out design of the stable aluminium housing allows installation even where space is limited and where there are restrictions concerning payload. A 360° field of view enables the acquisition of measurement data of the entire surroundings.
The typical operating flight altitude is 525 feet AGL, the max. measuring range is 330 m. While the miniVUX-1UAV delivers up to 100,000 measurements/sec with a laser PRR of 100 kHz, the miniVUX-2UAV has 100 kHz and 200 kHz laser PRR. At a laser PRR of 200 kHz, a maximum effective measurement rate of up to 200,000 measurements/sec. can be achieved, resulting in a dense point pattern on the ground and enabling the use of UAV-based scan data acquisition even in applications requiring the detection of small objects.
RIEGL offers installation-optimised and application-optimised solutions to meet customer requirements, from stand-alone sensors to complete airborne laser scanning systems.
The miniVUX-3UAV is a compact and lightweight sensor and will now have a 300 kHz PRR measuring program in addition to the already existing 100 kHz and 200 kHz measuring programs. This allows up to 300,000 measurements/second at a field of view of 120° and thus a denser point cloud, which enables survey drones to detect even the smallest objects reliably. Like its sister models, miniVUX-1UAV and -2UAV, the miniVUX-3UAV can be combined with various IMU/GNSS systems and camera options to match the requirements of the unique application optimally. It is also ready to be used with the proven RIEGL Integration Kit 600 – a hardware extension for easy integration with multirotor drones.
In the upcoming months, RIEGL will showcase their solutions at
- AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2021, Atlanta, USA
- Commercial UAV Expo Americas 2021, Las Vegas, USA
- INTERGEO 2021, Hanover, Germany