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Another End-To-End LiDAR Option

mdLiDAR3000 is 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.

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:

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


The ultimate job of an integrated UAV system is to produce a data deliverable. Microdrones is pleased to offer geomatics professionals an industry leading drone-based LiDAR system that not only gives you an edge over the competition but delivers extensive solutions for your customers.

Chad Bolebruch, Survey Crew Chief, ESP Associates
With the mdLiDAR3000, we can actually topo about 4 acres in about 18 minutes, and can take one survey crew, a 2-man crew, about a full day to do generally. We end up gathering more data with less time and a smaller crew, ultimately saving money.”
Chad Bolebruch

Survey Crew Chief, ESP Associates

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The Complete Package to add unmanned aerial LiDAR to your geomatics services

The mdLiDAR3000 uses the lifting power, resilience and efficiency of the Microdrones aircraft platform to carry a perfectly integrated Riegl miniVUX‑2UAV and a Sony RX1R II camera. The result? You can quickly acquire high density and accurate LiDAR data in the field and efficiently turn it into a 3D colorized pointcloud back at the office or on your laptop.

Why Should You Invest in Drone Based LiDAR?

In areas of high vegetation do you spend hours cutting line to topo the site? The mdLiDAR3000 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.

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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 
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  • Fully automated mission execution and realtime mission monitoring using mdCockpit
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  • Thorough georeferencing data processing using the dual-IMU Applanix APX-20 UAV DG and POSPac UAV DG
  • Automated final point cloud processing using mdLiDAR processing software
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  • Final point cloud in standard ASPRS LAS format usable in any GIS or CAD software environment
  • Quick and Accurate point cloud colorization using accurate system-produced orthomosaics and a user-friendly, seamless workflow

What Can You Do with it?

mdLiDAR3000 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
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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.
Inspection mission of a gas pipeline using a Microdrones md4-1000 UAV
Precision farming perfomed with a mdMapper integrated sytem from Microdrones
Precision Agriculture

The mdLiDAR3000 is the ultimate solution to streamline your workflow, fly further, and collect more data in a full array of applications for surveying, construction, mining and more.

Flying LiDAR to create a 3-D model before beginning construction 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

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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.


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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 paired with a Sony RX1R II Camera & Quick Connect Mount 

A perfectly integrated Riegl miniVUX‑2UAV paired with a 42.4 megapixel camera.

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Applanix APX-20 UAV DG

Compact single-board module with survey-grade GNSS receiver and dual precisely calibrated IMUs 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-20 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

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Subtitles: English | French | German | Spanish

Process and visualize your point cloud data quickly and efficiently using mdPROCESSING Software

5 Reasons Why Professionals are Making the mdLiDAR3000 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.

mdLiDAR3000 (equipped with Riegl miniVUX‑2UAV) technical specs:





  • LiDAR Sensor: Riegl miniVUX‑2UAV
  • Camera: Sony RX1R II
  • Georeferencing: Trimble APX-20 UAV DG


  • mdCockpit
  • mdLiDAR Processing Software 

Solution Take off Weight (TOW)::

14823 g

System Operation Temperature::

-10 °C up to 50 °C

System Accuracy

  • LiDAR Pointcloud
    • Horizontal: 1 – 3 cm
    • Vertical: 1 – 3 cm
  • Photogrammetry:
    • Horizontal: 1 – 2 pixels
    • Vertical: 3 – 4 pixels
Flight Altitude AGL (1) (m/ft)40/13060/19580/260
Speed (m/s)Point Density (swath center // edge) in pts/m2 (2)
4200 130 100
6130 90 70
GSD (mm) 5.3 8 10.6
Swath width (m/ft) at 46° FOV at 56° FOV 45/148 65/213 85/279
Swath width (m/ft) at 46° FOV at 80° FOV 70/230 100/328 135/443
Number of Laser Returns555
Example of a 20-Minute Flight (minutes)(3)
Area Coverage at 20% Overlap (hectare/acres)(4)18/44.526/6434/84
Area Coverage at 50% Overlap (hectare/acres)(4)11/2717/4221/52

(1) Flight Altitude Above Ground Level (AGL)
(2) Average Point density. Note that calculation does not factor target remission (reflectivity %)
(3) An example of a 20-minute flight under standard flight conditions
(4) 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 at 56° Field of View (FOV)