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mdMapper1000DG integrated system with a Microdrones md4-1000 UAV
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Most Valuable Player

A complete uav mapping solution that cuts cost, 
saves time, and pushes limits – without GCPS

Conquer large surveying or mapping projects in a fraction of the time and master your geospatial data by putting direct georeferencing to work for you.

mdMapper1000DG is a true game changer. With this aerial surveying solution, you’ll achieve the highest level of data accuracy currently possible, cover more ground in one flight, use less people and equipment on jobs – all without using ground control points.

Significantly reduce your time spent on projects. Deliver unparalleled data quality. Become invaluable to your clients’ success.

What’s Direct Georeferencing (DG)?

You may have heard that RTK and PPK are the best aerial mapping technologies. That’s because they were – back in the 80s and 90s.

Today, direct georeferencing is the most advanced technology available. But that doesn’t make it a luxury option. Direct georeferencing makes sense for pretty much any customer because it will pay for itself quickly and provide your business with dramatic cost savings over time.

With DG, you won’t need to install any ground control points (unless you want to install 1 or 2 to check your work later for quality control). You’ll collect your images and post-process in a fraction of the time. Your projects will require less people and equipment. You’ll safely tackle mapping jobs in dangerous locations.

Most important, you’ll deliver the best possible accuracy on projects where human safety and your reputation is on the line.

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Why Choose mdMapper1000DG?

The mdMapper1000DG difference is dramatic. mdMapper1000DG:

Eliminates your need to install GCPs 

while meeting the most precise data requirements.

Allows you to perform corridor mapping

thanks to an on-board IMU that measures orientation angles. RTK, PPK, and conventional aerial surveying methods do not measure these angles so corridor mapping becomes a major operational and logistical challenge.

Drastically reduces time spent 

on post-processing and data collection, thanks to an impressively decreased side lap and many other elements.

Further improves your efficiency

with industry-leading flight times and resilience against harsh environmental conditions.

Reduces overlap and sidelap

With other methods, 80 x 80 is a must. With DG, you can achieve 80 x 40 overlap. Translation: it slashes the time you spend on projects.

Allows you to measure

the 6 parameters necessary for image georeferencing, whereas conventional surveying methods (RTK and PPK) rely on computing all or some of these values. DG reduces time, effort, human error and cost, while improving accuracy.

Allows you to perform corridor mapping

thanks to an on-board IMU that measures orientation angles. RTK, PPK, and conventional aerial surveying methods do not measure these angles so corridor mapping becomes a major operational and logistical challenge.

Lets you complete your projects with less 

people, time and equipment.

Can cover up to 198 ac

(80 ha) in one flight.

Allows you to confidently bid on international projects.

With international projects, there are bound to be challenging unforeseen constraints that impact access. DG lets you rise above and protect your investment in the project.

Lets you check your work for quality control purposes,

which isn’t possible with RTK and conventional surveying methods.

What Can You Do With It?

mdMapper1000DG is an advanced aerial photogrammetry package that can be used for a wide variety of applications, but the most common uses are:

Mapping mission of an agricultural field using a Microdrones md4-1000 UAV
Area Mapping / Surveying
Orthophoto of a road construction site.
Architect inspecting a construction site with the help of a Microdrones UAV
Inspection mission of a gas pipeline using a Microdrones md4-1000 UAV
Surveyors in the field performing a mapping mission using a md4-1000 UAV
LiDAR laser scan 3D point cloud of a forest
LiDAR applications
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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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Sony RX1R II & Nadir Mount

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

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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.



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)

mdMAPPER1000DG technical specs:





  • Camera: Sony RX1R II
  • Georeferencing: APX-15 EI UAV


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Solution Take off Weight (TOW)::

5870 g

System Operation Temperature::

-10 °C to 50 °C

System Accuracy

  • Photogrammetry:
    • Horizontal: 2 – 3 pixels
    • Vertical: 3 – 5 pixels
Flight ParametersArea Covered (@120 m) (1)198 ac (80 ha)
Camera model (2)Sony Sony RX1R II
Imagery formatRAW + JPEG
G.S.D. cm/pixel (@120 m)1.6 cm
Overlaps (front/side)80% / 40%
Post-Processing   MethodOptimized Aerial Triangulation / GNSS-Inertial Solution
OrientationHigh precision Sensor (INS)
PositionHigh precision Sensor (GNSS)
Accuracy2 – 3 GSD (X,Y) and 3 – 5 GSD (Z)
  • No GCP Needed
  • Efficient Flight Planning – Cover Greater Areas
  • Efficient Post-processing (EO apriori and less images)
  • Enables Corridor Mapping

(1) Typical project benchmark comparisons based on missions completed in Canada in 2016
(2) The current camera models are listed. These may be replaced by equivalent or better cameras depending on availability from the manufacturer.