New RIEGL UAV sensors for advanced performance in surveying


RIEGL – always dedicated to R&D to meet the users’ requirements in surveying – has enlarged its product portfolio for UAV-based LiDAR surveying in autumn 2021.

With the new sister type to the miniVUX-UAV Series, the RIEGL miniVUX-1LR, they offer a miniaturised, extremely lightweight and compact (1.55 kg/3.42 lbs) online waveform processing LiDAR sensor now able to be used for operating flight altitudes of up to 820 ft and measuring ranges of up to 500 m/1640 ft. A full 360° field of view, a laser pulse repetition rate of 100 kHz and the optional integration of up to 2 cameras are further features that increase efficiency in the field. With this sensor – its improved longer-range performance and increased penetration capabilities in complex target situations – surveyors will efficiently meet the specific demands in challenging UAV applications, such as measurements of inaccessible canyons and open-pit mines.

Additionally, RIEGL presents the upgrade of their well-established VUX-1 Series, including the VUX-1UAV22. The small and compact online waveform processing laser scanner offering a full field of view of 360° is now available with increased Laser Pulse Repetition Rates of up to 1200 kHz. This results in measurement ranges of up to 1415 m/4640 ft and operating flights of up to 800 m/2640 ft and offers new possibilities for diverse applications. Lower minimum ranges allow to capture even closer targets. With the integration of up to four cameras, further possibilities are enabled. The high performance and engineering grade mapping capabilities result in improved efficiency and usability; multi-purpose integration is supported by extreme flexibility (As a core part of the RIEGL VUX-SYS, the scanner can be used in airborne and mobile applications!).

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