The Austrian-based laser scanner manufacturer RIEGL has further expanded its line of ultimate survey-grade airborne scanners particularly developed for UAV/UAS/RPAS-based applications.
Presented for the first time at Intergeo 2018 in Frankfurt last October, the RIEGLVUX-240 offers a laser pulse repetition rate of 1.8 MHz,a measurement rate of 1,500,000 measurements per second and a scan speed of 400 lines per second.
These capabilities as well as its 75° field of view predestine it for high point density corridor mapping, power line and railway track inspection, topography, and mining.
The new airborne laser scanner which only weighs 3.8kg and features a sophisticated design ready to be integrated on both small manned and unmanned aircraft, especially fixed-wing UAVs. The interfaces for IMU/GNSS system integration and up to four optional external cameras are also provided.
The system has 1 TB data storage capacity and WLAN enables direct access to trigger the scanner remotely. RIEGLs Waveform-LiDAR technology allows echo digitisation and online waveform processing. The ability to penetrate dense foliage is due to the multi-target resolution.
With a weight of 11 kg and a new design optimised for the utilisation in gyro-stabilised mounts, small hatches and pod solutions, the RIEGL VQ-480 II and VQ-580 II airborne laser scanning systems present themselves as the appropriate solution for surveying applications from medium flight altitudes using helicopters, small manned aircrafts or large UAVS.
With a laser wavelength of 1550nm, the VQ-480 II enables the utmost flexibility when choosing a flight altitude for applications such as city mapping. In contrast, the VQ-580 II is working at a wavelength of 1064nm and is well suited for measurements on ice and snow.
These latest developments complement the already proven RIEGL portfolio in unmanned laser scanning including the mini VUX-1UAV and mini VUX-1DL LiDAR sensor with lowest weight, the VUX-1UAV high-performance laser scanner and the RiCOPTER which is RIEGL’s remotely piloted, fully integrated airborne laser scanning platform.