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mdLiDAR3000LR: The most powerful drone LiDAR system ever, With the Capability to Collect Vertical Features via a Wider Field of View.

Go extreme with the most powerful laser scanner… extend your data collection reach from high above or collect extreme point density when flying closer to the ground.

mdLiDAR3000LR uses the lifting power, resilience and efficiency of the Microdrones aircraft platform to carry a perfectly integrated Riegl VUX-1UAV.

The result? You can quickly acquire high density and accurate LiDAR data from high above your subject in the field and efficiently turn it into a 3D pointcloud back at the office or on your laptop.

Who Should Consider This System:
As you’ve come to expect, Microdrones provides you with the full solution: Plan, Fly, Process, Visualize. Only Bigger.

This is a serious machine for serious geomatics professionals in the construction, land development, engineering, surveying and research trades. It’s field tough and ready to work with you on the following tasks:

  • Digital Twin Creation and Maintenance
  • Corridor mapping
  • Mining (volume calculation)
  • Construction site monitoring
  • Environmental changes (time series)
  • Forestry
  • Contour mapping
  • Leveling/Excavation
  • Archaeology and cultural heritage
  • Highway construction
  • Power Line Inspection



By combining our robust and field proven md4-3000 airframe, with a highly precise and accurate Riegl VUX-1UAV payload, you can capture ultra dense LiDAR data quickly and safely in the field, and then turn it into a 3D pointcloud back at the office or on your laptop.


By opening the scanners FOV you can now fully utilize the area between the skids for data collection and by using the configurable field of view option, you are no longer limited to flying above your area of interest.

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Field Of View

Why Should You Invest in Drone Based LiDAR?

In areas of high vegetation do you spend hours cutting line to topo the site? This system can help streamline your current workflows to become more efficient, while helping you to complete more projects.

Learn more about the benefits and challenges of investing in drone based LiDAR. Click here to review one of our FREE educational UAV LiDAR webinars. In this edition, you can learn how a Microdrones customer saved over 50% compared to conventional survey methods by implementing this complete drone surveying equipment. 

Easy end-to-end workflow:

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  • Simple mission planning using mdCockpit
  • User selects flying height, drone speed and LiDAR strip overlap
icon mdLiDAR workflow: Fly

  • Fully automated mission planning, monitoring and control using mdCockpit
icon mdLiDAR workflow: Process

  • Thorough georeferencing data processing using the dual-IMU Applanix APX-20 UAV DG and mdInfinity software
  • Automated final pointcloud processing using mdInfinity software
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  • Final pointcloud in standard ASPRS LAS format usable in any GIS or CAD software environment

What can I do with this Drone LiDAR survey equipment?

mdLiDAR3000LR is a versatile package that can be used for a wide range of applications.

Some of the most common uses are:

Mapping mission of an agricultural field using a Microdrones md4-1000 UAV
Area Mapping / Surveying
Microdrones md4-3000 mdLiDAR3000 performing a Laser scan of a construction site, flying over a bulldozer
Surveying specialist using a Microdrones md4-3000 mdLiDAR3000 to perform a Laser scan of a construction site
Orthophoto of a sawdust pile done with a Microdrones mdMapper integrated system, used for volumetric calculations.
Powerline Inspection
Power Line Inspection
Precision farming perfomed with a mdMapper integrated sytem from Microdrones
Precision Agriculture
3D modeling ovehead
3D Modeling
High Wall Mapping
High Wall Mapping
Digital Twins




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Robust, powerful, stable and dependable. Build your business on this versatile platform.

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Charger & Flight Battery

One md4-3000 flight battery and charger for maximum flight endurance.

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Rugged Carrying Case

Bring your Microdrones UAV to tackle missions in the toughest corners of the Earth.

Tri Blade Quadcopter

Increased flight performance for high altitude projects with three blade prop integration.

Integrated Cooling Covers

Patent Pending motor covers enhance cooling and motor longevity.

Mag-less Navigation

Drone navigation is more robust and less subject to magnetic field interference with no need for magnetometer during flight.


Encrypted Digital Data Link

Conveniently command and control your survey equipment using your tablet.

Encryption provides additional security for project and plan data.

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Proven, professional controls and telemetry keep you in control when you need it most, using a second radio link.

Extended Communication Range Operation

Subject to local regulations, select markets within the United States.

Multiple Tablet Control

(Optional, available upon request) Control the drone from multiple tablets. Take off from Point A with Tablet 1, control at Point B with Tablet 2, etc. Helpful for corridor and BVLOS applications.

NDAA-Compliant Options

Ask your salesperson about NDAA compliance.
For an additional fee, we can build your system for compliance with the U.S. National Defense Authorization Act.


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Fully Integrated Long Range LiDAR

A perfectly integrated Riegl VUX-1UAV, providing up to 10 mm survey-grade accuracy and a scan speed of up to 200 scans per second.

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Applanix APX-20 External IMU

High Performance compact single-board module with survey-grade GNSS receiver and dual precisely calibrated IMUs for mapping.


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mdCockpit Tablet Software

Simple swipes of the finger help you plan your survey area, monitor progress, and control your flight on your Android tablet.

Tap & Fly

Easy remote-free tablet flight execution.

FOV Side Scan

The configurable field of view allows for data collection between the landing skids and either side of the UAV.

Data Processing Modules

LP360 Drone is a powerful ecosystem that will enable you to quickly and efficiently process geospatial data, with convenient payment options.

Learn More About LP360 Drone


Microdrones is committed to constant, customer focused improvement. As such we are developing cutting edge, integrated technology that evolves rapidly.

For those of you with an older system, we are always eager to help you upgrade your previous Microdrones system to the latest standards so you can take advantage of new features and functionality.

Simply click this button to schedule a meeting with a member of our sales team, and they will assist you in collecting your current system information so they can prepare a price estimate to upgrade.

5 Reasons Why Professionals are Making the mdLiDAR3000LR part of their geomatics workflow:

Drones can Lead to Better Worker Safety

Easily tackle projects in areas that are difficult, dirty or dangerous to access – such as challenging terrain, crumbling structures, high elevations, and areas impacted by natural disasters.

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Save Time, Money and Hassle by Deploying a Drone

Collecting data previously required extensive groundwork or very expensive manned aircraft. Using a drone allows quick and affordable data collection; that’s one of the most important benefits for geospatial professionals.

Integrated Drones = Interruption-Free Data Collection

Survey live construction or mining sites without interrupting people, plans or machinery. You’ll no longer have to stop work and equipment to collect the data you need, making you more valuable to your customers.

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Technology Thought Leadership and Practical Field Leadership

Customers are curious about UAV surveying technology – so providing it demonstrates that a business is an industry leader at the helm. Faster, more efficient data collection differentiates you from competitors and positions you as a subject matter expert in an emerging technology.

Microdrones Offers Unmatched Training, Education and Support

Our professional UAV pilots offer complete onsite Microdrones UAV training to both dealers and end-user customers to ensure they are fully capable of deploying their drone packages in the field, ready to achieve immediate results.

mdLiDAR3000LR (equipped with Riegl VUX-1UAV) technical specs:





  • LiDAR Sensor:  VUX-1UAV
  • Georeferencing: Trimble APX-20 UAV DG


  • mdCockpit
  • mdInfinity
  • Vertical Feature Configurator

Takeoff Weight (TOW):

15713 g

System Operation Temperature:

-10 °C up to 50 °C

System Accuracy

  • LiDAR Pointcloud:
    • Horizontal: 1 – 2 cm
    • Vertical: 1 – 2 cm
Flight Altitude AGL (1) (m/ft)40/13060/19580/260
Speed (m/s)Average Point Density in pts/m2 (2)
Swath width (m/ft) at 116° FOV 128/420 192/630 256/840
Number of Laser Returns151515
Area Coverage at 20% Overlap (hectare/acres)(3)53/13179/195106/262
Area Coverage at 50% Overlap (hectare/acres)(3)41/101 61/15182/203

(1) Flight Altitude Above Ground Level (AGL)
(2) Average Point density. Note that calculation does not factor target remission (reflectivity %)
(3) Area coverage is computed for an example of a 20-minute survey (3 minutes for take-off and landing) at a drone speed of 5 m/s