You Have Important Points to Make.

Microdrones is proud to present the first in a lineup of easy-to-use, fully integrated aerial LiDAR systems, proven for commercial and professional use.

Who Should Consider This System:
Professionals responsible for geospatial data collection should consider mdLiDAR1000 for the following tasks.

  • Corridor mapping
  • Mining (volume calculation)
  • Construction site monitoring
  • Environmental changes (time series)
  • Forestry
  • Contour mapping
  • Leveling/Excavation
  • Archaeology and cultural heritage
  • Highway construction


Bring Laser Focus to Your Projects.

LiDAR + Microdrones aircraft + easy to use software = extreme geospatial productivity

mdLiDAR1000 is a fully integrated system for producing 3D point clouds optimized for land surveying, construction, oil & gas, and mining applications.

mdLiDAR1000 consistently provides an accuracy of 6 cm (0.2 ft) when flown at 40 m (130 ft) at a speed of 3 m/s.

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

Here’s what the industry is saying about the mdLiDAR1000.


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Easy end-to-end workflow:


  • Simple mission planning using mdCockpit
  • User inputs the point density or flying height and drone speed 

  • Fully automated mission execution and realtime mission monitoring using mdCockpit

  • Thorough georeferencing data processing using POSPac UAV
  • Automated final point cloud processing using mdLiDAR processing software

  • Final point cloud in standard ASPRS LAS format usable in any GIS or CAD software environment

What Can You Do with it?




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

Fully Integrated LiDAR

A lightweight, downward oriented LiDAR solution that efficiently scans at a 85 degree field of vision.

mdLiDAR Processing Software

Complete point cloud processing and data export, via one integrated software suite and workflow, specially designed to optimize data from the Microdrones mdLiDAR family of systems.

Applanix APX-15-L UAV

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


Direct georeferencing post processing software – used to achieve maximum accuracy and efficiency from data collected by APX-15 L-UAV.

mdCockpit Tablet Software

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

Rugged Carrying Case

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


Become an expert at flying and maintaining your platform, to ensure many years of successful use.


Proven, professional controls and telemetry keep you in control when you need it most.

The Perfect Integration Of Drone, Sensor And Software

mdLiDAR1000 Technical Specs:​​​​​​​
  • UAV: md4-1000
  • Laser Scanner: SICK 
  • Georeferencing sensor: Trimble APX-15
  • Laser Point Rate: 19,500 points/sec
  • Flight range: Up to 10 km (total flight distance under standard flight conditions) 
  • Maximum Laser Range: 100 m (under standard operating conditions – up to 60 m is recommended for reasonable laser point density)
  • Weight: 6 kg 
  • Speed: up to 6 m/s (for a reasonable point density)
  • Endurance: 25 min 
  • System Operation Temperature: -10°C (14°F) up to 50°C (122°F)
  • Wavelength: Near infrared (no laser returns from any water body)
  • Class 1 laser (100% eye safe)
  • Field of view: 85°
  • Number of Returns: 3 (Typically treetop and bare earth)
Point Density Estimation
Flight Altitude AGL (1) (m/ft)30/10040/13050/165
Speed (m/s)Point Density (pts/m2) (2)
Swath width55 m75 m95 m
Flight time (3)25 min25 min25 min
Number of Laser Returns333

(1) Flight Altitude Above Ground Level (AGL)
(2) Average Point density. Note that calculation does not factor target remission (reflectivity %).
(3) Flight time is calculated under standard flight conditions (using new Microdrones batteries)