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mdLiDAR1000HR: HR means high resolution pointclouds and increased coverage is made easier and more accessible than ever. This is the UAV, hardware, software, workflow, training and support that surveying professionals need- now with convenient mdaaS plans!

Who Should Consider This System:
Professionals responsible for geospatial data collection should consider mdLiDAR1000HR to support the following tasks.

  • Digital Twin Creation and Maintenance
  • Corridor mapping
  • Mining (volume calculation)
  • Construction site monitoring
  • Environmental changes (time series)
  • Forestry
  • Contour mapping
  • Planning, Leveling, Excavation
  • Archaeology and cultural heritage
  • Highway construction
  • Precision Agriculture


Drone LiDAR is making a serious impact for specialists across many professions, both in terms of efficiency of data collection and generation of geospatial deliverables.

We worked with LiDAR innovator Velodyne to seamlessly integrate their Puck Lite sensor. It’s lightweight, it offers increased point density as well as field of view. When you combine that with our complete package of software, workflow, service and support, you have a turnkey drone lidar system that improves your field data collection and data processing productivity on day one. Surveyors can choose easy monthly payments or traditional purchasing options, whatever works best for them.

Frank Darmayan

Chief Operations Officer

Bring High Resolution Laser Focus to Your Drone LiDAR Surveying Projects

LiDAR + mdaaS + easy to use mdInfinity software = extreme geospatial productivity, now in high resolution 

Microdrones has developed an end-to-end LiDAR solution combining a drone, a LiDAR payload, a fully integrated LiDAR processing and photogrammetry software workflow, and world class support to consistently provide quality deliverables.

mdLiDAR1000HR is a fully integrated system for producing 3D pointclouds optimized for land surveying, construction, oil & gas and mining applications.

mdLidar1000HR with a 90 degree field of view for both scanned points and imagery, repeatedly provides a precision of 1.6 cm (.052 ft) at 1-σ when flown at 40 m (130 ft) at a speed of 8 m/s (18 mph).

Improved image acquisition precisely configured to match 90 degree laser scanner field of view enables compatibility with streamlined pointcloud colorization and FORMap data processing modules within the mdInfinity platform.

Each LiDAR channel of the mdLiDAR1000HR was boresight calibrated to improve the data consistency, therefore providing a reduced Standard Measurement Uncertainty.

Improved image acquisition precisely configured to match 90 degree laser scanner field of view enables compatibility with streamlined pointcloud colorization and FORMap data processing modules within the mdInfinity platform.


The mdLiDAR1000HR can help streamline your current workflow 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 one of Microdrones customers saved over 50% compared to conventional survey methods by implementing a UAV with LiDAR.

Easy end-to-end workflow:

icon mdLiDAR workflow: Plan

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

  • Fully automated mission execution, realtime monitoring, and flight control using mdCockpit
icon mdLiDAR workflow: Process

  • Thorough georeferencing data processing using the Applanix APX-15 UAV DG and mdInfinity Software
  • Automated final pointcloud processing using mdInfinity processing software
icon mdLiDAR workflow: Visualize

  • Final pointcloud in standard ASPRS LAS format, View your deliverable in mdInfinity software, or export to use within any GIS or CAD software environment that you currently use.

From surveying to mining and construction, professionals are using the power of the mdLiDAR1000HR to streamline their workflow. This new technology is helping them to complete more surveys, see more detail, optimize mining volume analysis and maximize construction monitoring.

Flying LiDAR to create a 3D pointcloud model before beginning a construction project provides advantages. It can tell workers how much dirt needs to be moved on a site before they get started, for example, enabling them to bring the right amount of resources to the job.

Chuck Snow

Microdrones Sales Manager for the Eastern US

What can I do with this Drone LiDAR survey equipment?

Orthophoto of a road construction site.
Surveyors in the field performing a mapping mission using a md4-1000 UAV
Architect inspecting a construction site with the help of a Microdrones UAV
Orthophoto of a sawdust pile done with a Microdrones mdMapper integrated system, used for volumetric calculations.
Digital Twins
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, now with 10% increased motor efficiency as part of the Industrial drone line.

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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 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.

Remote ID Enabled

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

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 High Resolution LiDAR & Camera

A lightweight, downward oriented LiDAR solution that efficiently scans up to a 90 degree field of view.

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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 Software Included

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 mdLiDAR1000HR 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.






  • LiDAR Sensor: Velodyne PUCK VLP-16
  • Camera Sensor: SONY IMX264
  • Georeferencing: APX-15 UAV


  • mdCockpit
  • mdInfinity

Takeoff Weight (TOW)


System Operation Temperature

-10 °C to 50 °C
14 °F to 122 °F

System Accuracy

  • LiDAR Pointcloud
    • 4 cm RMSE
  • Photogrammetry:
    • Horizontal: 1 – 2 pixels
    • Vertical: 3 – 4 pixels
Flight Altitude AGL (1,2) (m/ft)30/10045/15060/200
Speed (m/s)Covered square area at 30% sidelap (ha/ac)
415 / 3725 / 6234 / 84
625 / 6234 / 8450 / 123
834 / 8450 / 12362 / 153
Speed (m/s)Average Point Density in pts/m2 (2,3) (square area / 1 scan line)
4428 / 312282 / 208212 / 156
6287 / 208189 / 138141 / 104
8216 / 156144 / 104107 / 78
Camera GSD (mm) 20.7 31.1 41.4
Swath width (m/ft)60 / 20090 / 300120 / 400
Number of Laser Returns222
Precision over gravel surface along the vertical at 1-σ (cm)

(1) Flight Altitude Above Ground Level (AGL)
(2)Coverage estimated for approximately 25 minutes of flight time.
(3) Average density calculated with 30% overlap on 5 lines… average density will depend on surface type.