The newest LiDAR system from Microdrones is revolutionary. Three years in the making, we perfectly integrated our heavy lifting md4-3000 drone with a Riegl LiDAR and a SONY camera for rapidly producing colorized pointclouds.

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 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-1UAV (or an optional miniVUX-1DL) 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.

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.

Riegl miniVUX-1UAV
Riegl miniVUX-1DL

Choose a perfectly integrated Riegl miniVUX‑1UAV or miniVUX‑1DL paired with a 42.4 megapixel camera mounted with a custom, lightweight, vibration-free, quick release mount to capture the data you need. 

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 the dual-IMU Applanix APX-20 and 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
  • 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:

Area Mapping / Surveying
Precision Agriculture



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

Sony RX1R II & Nadir Mount

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

Fully Integrated LiDAR

Select a perfectly integrated Riegl miniVUX­-1UAV or miniVUX-1DL.

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-20 UAV

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


Direct georeferencing post processing software – used to achieve maximum accuracy and efficiency from data collected by APX-20 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

mdLiDAR3000 (equipped with Riegl miniVUX-1UAV) technical specs:

Product Components:
  • Airframe: Microdrones md4-3000 drone
  • LiDAR Sensor: Riegl miniVUX-1UAV
  • Camera: Sony RX1R II
  • Georeferencing sensor: Trimble APX20
  • Planning Software: mdCockpit tablet 
  • Processing Software Packages:
    • POSPac UAV
    • mdLiDAR Processing Software 
Accuracy Specifications:
  • Photogrammetry:
    • Horizontal: 1 – 2 pixels
    • Vertical: 3 – 4 pixels
Technical Specifications:
  • Take off weight: 14 kg
  • Endurance: 20 minutes
  • System Operation Temperature: -10°C (14°F) up to 50°C (122°F)
  • Number of Laser Returns: 5
  • Field of view: 56° (Optional 80°)
  • Operating Range (altitude): 80 m
  • Recommended Speed: Up to 6 m/s (to accommodate photogrammetry workflow)
  • Laser Point Density: Please check the Point Density Estimation table
  • Image endlap and sidelap: Please check the lookup charts


NOTE: mdLiDAR3000DL (equipped with Riegl miniVUX-1DL) technical specs are pending.

Point Density Estimation
Flight Altitude AGL (1) (m/ft)40/13060/19580/260
Speed (m/s)Point Density (pts/m2) (2)
Swath width at 56° FOV45 m65 m85 m
Swath width at 80° FOV70 m100 m135 m
Flight time (3)20 min20 min20 min
Number of Laser Returns555

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