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A complete uav mapping solution that cuts cost, 
saves time, and pushes limits
– According to the Needs of Your Data Deliverable Project

Conquer large surveying or mapping projects in a fraction of the time and master your geospatial data by putting direct georeferencing to work for you.

mdMapper1000DG will help you to achieve high levels of data accuracy, cover more ground in one flight, use less people and equipment on jobs – all without using ground control points.

Significantly reduce your time spent on projects. Deliver unparalleled data quality. Become invaluable to your clients’ success.


Direct georeferencing makes sense for pretty much any customer because it will pay for itself quickly and provide your business with dramatic cost savings over time.

With DG, you won’t need to install any ground control points (unless you want to install 1 or 2 to check your work later for quality control). You’ll collect your images and post-process in a fraction of the time. Your projects will require less people and equipment. You’ll safely tackle mapping jobs in dangerous locations.

Most important, you’ll deliver the best possible accuracy on projects where human safety and your reputation is on the line. Best of all, DG is selectable, AFTER data collection, as a post processing option... so you are only paying for it when your client or project needs it. 

Don't need DG? Process with PPK; it's all selectable by project need within mdINFINITY!

Microdrones customers asked for a workflow that could deliver excellent results with a handful of ground control points. We listened.

mdMapper1000DG 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; simply post process data in PPK within the flexible mdInfinity cloud or desktop software.

And when your business, projects or services expand to require DG, you simply choose to process your data with DG in the mdInfinity suite.

Click here to learn more about mdInfinity.


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Why Choose mdMapper1000DG?

Eliminates your need to install GCPs 

while meeting the most precise data requirements.

Allows you to perform corridor mapping

thanks to an on-board IMU that measures orientation angles. RTK, PPK, and conventional aerial surveying methods do not measure these angles so corridor mapping becomes a major operational and logistical challenge.

Drastically reduces time spent 

on post-processing and data collection, thanks to an impressively decreased side lap and many other elements.

Further improves your efficiency

with industry-leading flight times and resilience against harsh environmental conditions.

Reduces overlap and sidelap

With other methods, 80 x 80 is a must. With DG, you can achieve 80 x 40 overlap. Translation: it slashes the time you spend on projects.

Allows you to measure

the 6 parameters necessary for image georeferencing, whereas conventional surveying methods (RTK and PPK) rely on computing all or some of these values. DG reduces time, effort, human error and cost, while improving accuracy.

Allows you to perform corridor mapping

thanks to an on-board IMU that measures orientation angles. RTK, PPK, and conventional aerial surveying methods do not measure these angles so corridor mapping becomes a major operational and logistical challenge.

Lets you complete your projects with less 

people, time and equipment.

Can cover up to 200 ac

(80 ha) in one flight.

Allows you to confidently bid on international projects.

With international projects, there are bound to be challenging unforeseen constraints that impact access. DG lets you rise above and protect your investment in the project.

Lets you check your work for quality control purposes,

which isn’t possible with RTK and conventional surveying methods.

What Can You Do With It?

mdMapper1000DG is an advanced aerial photogrammetry package that can be used for a wide variety of applications:

Mapping mission of an agricultural field using a Microdrones md4-1000 UAV
Area Mapping / Surveying
Orthophoto of a road construction site.
Corridor Mapping
Architect inspecting a construction site with the help of a Microdrones UAV
Inspection mission of a gas pipeline using a Microdrones md4-1000 UAV
Surveyors in the field performing a mapping mission using a md4-1000 UAV
Precision farming perfomed with a mdMapper integrated sytem from Microdrones
Precision Agriculture




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

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Charger & Flight Battery

One md4-1000 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.

LED Light Rings

Efficient LED light rings provide enhanced visibility in the sky, with configurable color schemes for compliance with your country’s requirements.

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 include United States and China.

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.

Remote ID Enabled

Broadcast device enabled to comply with unmanned traffic management systems and remote ID requirements.


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Sony RX1R II & Nadir Mount

42.4 megapixel camera paired with a custom, lightweight, vibration-free, nadir mount to capture the images you need.

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Applanix APX-15 UAV DG

Compact single-board module with survey-grade GNSS receiver and a precisely calibrated IMU 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.


Data Processing Modules

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

mdInfinity is available in online and desktop versions.

Learn More About Our Data Processing Modules


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.






  • Camera: Sony RX1R II
  • Georeferencing: APX-15 EI UAV


  • mdCockpit
  • mdInfinity

Takeoff Weight (TOW):

5870 g

System Operation Temperature:

-10 °C to 50 °C

System Accuracy

  • Photogrammetry:
    • Horizontal: 2 – 3 pixels
    • Vertical: 3 – 5 pixels
Flight ParametersArea Covered (@120 m) (1)80 ha / 200 ac
Camera model (2)Sony RX1R II
Imagery formatRAW + JPEG
G.S.D. cm/pixel (@120 m)1.6 cm
Overlaps (front/side)80% / 40%
Post-Processing (3)   MethodOptimized Aerial Triangulation / GNSS-Inertial Solution
OrientationHigh precision Sensor (INS)
PositionHigh precision Sensor (GNSS)
Accuracy2 – 3 GSD (X,Y) and 3 – 5 GSD (Z)
  • No GCP Needed
  • Efficient Flight Planning – Cover Greater Areas
  • Efficient Post-processing (EO apriori and less images)
  • Enables Corridor Mapping

(1) Typical project benchmark comparisons based on missions completed in Canada in 2016
(2) The current camera models are listed. These may be replaced by equivalent or better cameras depending on availability from the manufacturer.
(3) Using DG single base processing