Complete UAV Solutions for Surveying, Mapping, and GIS

Not just drones. Microdrones mdMapper packages include everything geospatial pros need for aerial surveying, mapping, and other geospatial applications.

Introducing our mdMapper Solutions: Everything You Need for Drone Surveying and Mapping

Aerial surveying is not just about the aircraft. It’s about total UAV solutions, complete with all the tools geospatial pros need to perform jobs accurately, efficiently, and safely.

Our mdMapper packages integrate high-performance drones with advanced sensors and software. They’re designed for quick learning and easy use, so you can get your UAV services off the ground immediately.

The mdMapper Line-Up


Fills an important niche for customers who may not be ready for DG, and are willing to set up 1 – 3 ground control points for their projects. And when your business, projects or services expand to require DG, this system is easily and affordably upgradeable via a DG READY firmware update.


Many users needed basic GCP intensive aerial surveying but wanted to keep the option to upgrade open. The Microdrones mdMapper1000+ is PPK READY or DG READY when you are!

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The benefits of mdMapper1000 plus the power of direct georeferencing combine to produce the best possible accuracy and time savings with no ground control points. This system enables highly efficient corridor mapping.

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Optional accessory packages

Add-ons like inspection accessories, multispectral, thermal, and soon LiDAR and methane gas detection accessory bundles add flexibility and functionality to the platform.

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Microdrones mdMapper1000DG Integrated System low front view

Why Use Drones for Surveying?

Surveying and mapping professionals are quickly turning to unmanned solutions to perform work better. Microdrones mdMapper packages help you to:

  • Be more efficient and save time. Spend less time in the field collecting data.
  • Stay competitive. UAVs are becoming an industry standard. Customers are asking for UAV surveying – and smart companies are preparing to deliver. Providing UAS mapping services shows that a business is an industry leader at the forefront of technology.
  • Be safer. Easily complete projects in areas that are difficult or dangerous to access – such as challenging terrain, crumbling structures, high locations, and areas effected by natural disasters.
  • Survey operating worksites. You’ll no longer have to stop work and equipment to collect the data you need.
  • Expand your offering. By incorporating various payloads and technologies into your system, you can increase the number of services and deliverables you can provide for clients.
  • Ditch the GCPs (while keeping the accuracy). Achieve survey-grade accuracy with less time, less people, and less equipment. With Microdrones direct georeferencing (DG) mdMapper systems, you’ll no longer need ground control points.
  • Slash your post-processing times. Our DG systems enable you to post-process data in a fraction of the time.

The Industry’s Best UAS for Corridor Mapping

The majority of surveying and mapping jobs are corridor mapping projects involving roads, railways, powerlines, and other linear structures and locations.

Our mdMapper1000DG is ideal for corridor mapping. It delivers exceptional results and avoids the wasted images and risks involved in using a fixed wing solution.

Envision achieving incredible accuracy in one line with no ground control points. That’s the magic of mdMapper1000DG.

Screenshot of a corridor mapping job, using Microdrones mdCockpit app running on a Samsung tablet
3D visualization of a corridor mapping mission


Collect and post-process data more efficiently. Improve your accuracy. Access difficult-to-reach job sites more safely. Ditch the ground control points.

Workflow Task mdMapper10001000DGDifference
Plan Project 1 hr1 hr-
GCP Layout 2 hrs-2hrs
Flight 35 mins15 mins20 mins
Data Processing 12 hrs4 hrs8 hrs
Total15.35 hrs5.15 hrs10.20 hrs

Inside Unmanned Systems recently featured an article on how SAIN Associates used the Microdrones mdMapper1000DG to quickly gather data for an updated survey and to track progress of a project in Birmingham’s Red Mountain Park.

As seen in xyHt: At Griffiss International Airport in Rome, NY an mdLiDAR1000 system was used to map a runway for future improvements.

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The Power of Direct Georeferencing

The number one question we get asked about our direct georeferencing solutions is:
So, what is direct georeferencing?

Direct georeferencing is a highly accurate and efficient method of collecting georeferenced data. While traditional surveying methods (aerial triangulation), RTK, and PPK all require some of the data to be calculated, DG systems actually measure X, Y, and Z in real time – yielding superior results that will save you significant time on the job.

How does it do this?

While the exceptional results from these systems are due to the entire combination of integrated components, one is of elevated importance: the Applanix APX-15 UAV.

APX-15 combines two key parts:

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A GNSS receiver chip that combines the power of all existing satellite-based positioning systems around the globe (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and Beidou), dramatically improving accuracy. This provides superior positioning and increased efficiency, while reducing the risks of breakdown and missed data.

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An inertial measurement unit (IMU) that instantly measures the orientation angles of the aircraft – so, unlike other methods, this system measures X, Y, AND Z for extreme accuracy. It also drastically reduces the amount of time spent on data collection and post-processing.

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No GCPs Needed

Say goodbye to the hassle of ground control points. With direct georeferencing, GCPs are no longer needed, so you can complete jobs more quickly and safely – especially in dangerous, hard-to-reach places.