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Here’s How to Get Started with a Drone Based LiDAR System for Making Pointclouds.

This is the UAV, hardware, software, workflow, training and support that surveying professionals need.

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


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

The Microdrones mdLiDAR1000, flying 2 flight lines over 600 meters of a segment of German autobahn were accurate along the lines of 6 centimeters. This confirmed prior analysis that was also done over Griffiss International airport in the United States. We’ve repeatedly seen the same accuracy that confirms the mdLiDAR1000 system is consistently delivering the same quality no matter where it flies.”
Dr. Mohamed Mostafa

Director mdSolutions

Bring Laser Focus to Your Projects

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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 (6.7 mph).

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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Why Should You Invest in Drone Based LiDAR?

The mdLiDAR1000 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 one of Microdrones customers saved over 50% compared to conventional survey methods by implementing a UAV with LiDAR.

Easy end-to-end workflow:

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  • Simple mission planning using mdCockpit
  • User inputs the point density or flying height and drone speed 
icon mdLiDAR workflow: Fly

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

  • Thorough georeferencing data processing using the Applanix APX-15 UAV DG and POSPac UAV DG
  • Automated final point cloud processing using mdLiDAR processing software
icon mdLiDAR workflow: Visualize

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

From surveying to mining and construction, professionals are using the power of the mdLiDAR1000 to streamline their workflow. This new technology is helping them to complete more surveys, optimize mining volume analysis and maximize construction monitoring.

Flying LiDAR to create a 3-D 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.”
Matt Rosenbalm

Microdrones Sales Manager for the Southern US

What Can You Do with it?

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



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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.


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

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Digital Data Link

Conveniently connect your Microdrones UAV to your digital devices.


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Fully Integrated LiDAR & Camera

A lightweight, downward oriented LiDAR solution that efficiently scans up to a 85 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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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.


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

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mdCockpit Tablet Software

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

mdInfinity Software

(Coming Soon)

5 Reasons Why Professionals are Making the mdLiDAR1000 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.

The Perfect Integration Of Drone, Sensor And Software






  • LiDAR Sensor: SICK LD-MRS4
  • Camera: FLIR 5MP Global Shutter
  • Georeferencing: APX-15 UAV


  • mdCockpit
  • mdLiDAR Processing Software

Solution Take off Weight (TOW)::

6505 g

System Operation Temperature::

-10 °C up to 50 °C

System Accuracy

  • LiDAR Pointcloud
    • Horizontal: 6 cm
    • Vertical: 6 cm
  • Photogrammetry:
    • Horizontal: 1 – 2 pixels
    • Vertical: 3 – 4 pixels
Flight Altitude AGL (1) (m/ft)30/10040/13050/165
Speed (m/s)Point Density (swath center // edge) in pts/m2(2)
3105 80 65
480 60 50
565 50 40
GSD (mm) 12.9 17.2 21.4
Swath width (m/ft) at 46° FOV (m) 55 75 95
Flight Time (minutes)(3)252525
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)