Airborne Laser Scanners

Airborne laser scanning is a rapid, highly accurate and efficient method of capturing 3D data of large areas, such as agricultural or forestry sites, urban areas, industrial plants, etc. RIEGL airborne laser scanners make use of the latest state-of-the-art laser and signal processing technology. They are exceptionally compact, lightweight and cost effective, and are designed to meet the most challenging requirements in airborne surveying.


Lightweight Airborne Laser Scanner with Online Waveform Processing

The VUX-1LR Long Range is a very lightweight, compact and rugged laser scanner, that was especially designed for airborne surveying missions from helicopter, gyrocopter, and other small aircraft. The sensor provides a maximum measurement range of 1,350 m, an effective measurement rate of up to 750,000 measurements/sec., and an operating flight altitude of up to 1,740 ft AGL.

In conjunction with an appropriate IMU/GNSS unit with antenna, a control unit, and a digital camera the sensor is integrated into the VP-1 Helipod. This user-friendly turnkey solution can be easily mounted on standard hard points and typical camera mounts of manned helicopters for applications like corridor mapping, power line, rail track and pipeline inspection.

  • 15 mm survey-grade accuracy
  • Scan speed up to 200 scans / second
  • Measurement rate up to 750,000 meas./sec
  • Operating flight altitude more than 1,740 ft
  • Field of view up to 330° for practically unrestricted data acquisition
  • Regular point pattern, perfectly parallel scan lines
  • Cutting edge RIEGL technology providing
    – echo signal digitization
    – online waveform processing
    – multiple-time-around processing
  • Multiple target capability – practically unlimited number of targets echoes
  • Compact (227x180x125 mm), lightweight (3.5 kg), and rugged
  • Easily mountable to manned helicopters (RIEGL VP-1 HeliCopterPod)
  • Mechanical and electrical interface for IMU mounting
  • Electrical interfaces for GPS data string and Sync Pulse (1PPS)
  • LAN-TCP/IP interface
  • Scan data storage on internal 240 GByte SSD Memory
  • Corridor Mapping: Power Line, Railway Track, and Pipeline Inspection
  • Topography in Open-Cast Mining
  • Terrain and Canyon Mapping
  • Surveying of Urban Environments
  • Archeology and Cultural Heritage Documentation
  • Agriculture & Forestry
  • Resource management
  • Rapid Response in Small Scale Surveying (Collision Investigation, Risk Prevention)

RIEGL VQ-1560i

Dual Channel Waveform Processing Airborne LiDAR Scanning System

The new ultra high performance, fully integrated and calibrated Dual Channel Airborne Mapping System RIEGL VQ-1560i makes use of RIEGL‘s sophisticated Waveform-LiDAR technology enabling an excellent multiple-target detection capability and Multiple-Time-Around (MTA) processing. The system is capable of online waveform processing as well as full or smart waveform recording, resulting in unsurpassed information content on each single target.

The new VQ-1560i provides a laser pulse repetition rate of up to 2 MHz resulting in more than 1.3 million measurements per second on the ground and operates at an altitude of up to 15,500 ft. That allows operation at varying flight altitudes resulting in a wide range of point densities. Thus, the system is ideally suited for aerial survey of ultra wide areas as well as of complex urban environments. By the way, faster and more efficient flight planning and safer flights are enabled.

  • High laser pulse repetition rate up to 2 MHz
  • Up to 1.33 million measurements per second on the ground
  • Offers data acquisition at a wide range of point densities
  • Two waveform processing lidar channels offering excellent multiple target detection capability
  • Enables Multiple-Time-Around (MTA) processing of up to 20 pulses simultaneously in the air
  • Offers online waveform processing as well as smart and full waveform recording
  • Integrated inertial measurement unit and GNSS receiver
  • Integrated, easily accessible medium format camera
  • Prepared for integration of a secondary camera
  • High speed fiber data interface to RIEGL data recorder
  • Housing shape and mounting flange optimized for interfacing with typical hatches and stabilized platforms
  • Detachable handgrips for facilitated handling
  • Ultra Wide Area / High Altitude Mapping
  • High Point Density Mapping
  • Mapping of Complex Urban Environments
  • Glacier & Snowfield Mapping
  • Mapping of Lakesides & River Banks
  • Agriculture & Forestry
  • Corridor Mapping


Full Waveform Digitizing Airborne Laser Scanner for Wide Area Mapping

The RIEGL LMS-Q780 long-range airborne laser scanner makes use of a powerful laser source, multiple-time-around (MTA) processing, and digital full waveform analysis. This combination allows the operation at varying flight altitudes and is therefore ideally suited for aerial survey of complex terrain.Unique features of this instrument include the automated resolution of range ambiguities, typically occurring at large measurement ranges and high repetition rates. The effect of range ambiguities appearing in airborne laser scanning is known as “multiple-time-around” or “multiple-pulses-in-the-air. RIEGL’s new generation of airborne laser scanners overcome this limitation by multiple-time-around (MTA) processing.

The RIEGL LMS-Q780, with more than 10 simultaneous pulses in the air, results in the best point spacing on the ground. This eliminates the need of terrain following while retaining a high effective rate. Industry leading digital signal processing, combined with the comprehensive RIEGL Software Suite, delivers best in class results.

  • Up to 266,000 measurements/sec on the ground
  • Operating flight altitude up to 15,500 ft AGL
  • Multiple time around processing:more than 10 pulses (MTA 10) simultaneously in the air
  • Full waveform analysis for unlimited number of target echoes
  • High laser pulse repetition rate up to 400 kHz
  • Various laser power settings for different fields of application
  • High ranging accuracy 20 mm
  • Wide scan field of view up to 60°
  • Suited for measuring snowy and icy terrain
  • High Altitude Wide Area Mapping
  • Flood Zone Mapping
  • Large Scale National Mapping
  • Glacier & Snowfield Mapping
  • Topography & Mining
  • Mapping of Lakesides & River Banks
  • Corridor Mapping
  • Agriculture & Forestry
  • City Modelling


Topo-Hydrographic Airborne Laser Scanner
with Online Waveform Processing

Repetitive surveying of inshore waters is becoming more and more essential to evaluate reservoir sedimentation, river degradation, water flow and water level dynamics, structure and zone variations of rivers and riparian areas. This can only be achieved in an effective way by employing high-resolution hydrographic airborne laser scanning.

The VQ-820-G Topo-Hydrographic Airborne Laser Scanner is specifically designed to survey seabeds or ground of rivers or lakes integrated into a Complete Platform for Airborne Scanning, simply installed in any type of aircraft platform, e.g. fixed wing or helicopter.

  • Excellently suited for combined land and hydrographic airborne survey
  • High-accuracy ranging based on echo digitization and online waveform processing with multiple target capability
  • High spatial resolution due to laser repetition rate up to 520 kHz, high scanning speed up to 200 scanlines/second and a wide field of view up to 60°
  • Compact, rugged and light-weight modular configuration, compatible with standard airborne platforms
  • Optional waveform data output, data accessible with RiWAVELib
  • Seamless integration with other RIEGL ALS Systems and software packages is possible
  • Mapping of Coastal Lines
  • Mapping of Lakesides & River Banks
  • Archaeology & Cultural Heritage