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Soar above your competitors with mdMapper3000DG. Our most advanced UAV mapping solution available, the md4-3000 UAV at the center of this package can fly longer, reach higher, and carry more.

Whether you need to carry a heavy LIDAR sensor, a professional mapping grade camera, or even multiple sensors, mdMapper3000 can handle the job. A high payload capacity, large footprint, and the ability to operate flawlessly at even the highest altitudes make mdMapper3000 the choice for professionals that want to go above and beyond.

Add the power of direct georeferencing to significantly reduce the time you spend on projects and ensure you become an indispensable resource for your clients and an untouchable industry competitor.

This model is for professionals and businesses that aim to push the boundaries of excellence and take industry standards to a new level.

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 mdMapper3000DG?

Rise to virtually any geospatial challenge.

Can carry up to 11 lbs

(5,000 g), allowing you to carry heavy payloads like LiDAR, professional mapping-grade cameras, and multiple payloads.

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.

Allows you to safely access dangerous or hard-to-reach locations 

From planning up through final inspection, drones provide a safer way to collect geospatial data and imagery when compared to conventional methods that might be dirty, dull or dangerous.

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.

Lets you complete your projects with less 

people, time and equipment.

Can cover up to 198 ac

(80 ha) in one flight.

Can fly up to 4,000 m

(2.5 mi), where legal.

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?

mdMapper3000DG is an advanced aerial photogrammetry package that can deliver the world’s best results for pretty much any application, but the most common uses are:

Mapping mission of an agricultural field using a Microdrones md4-1000 UAV
Corridor Mapping
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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Phase One & Nadir Mount

A true, medium-format camera securing 50 – 100 megapixels and a lightning fast capture rate so you can fly faster.

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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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Charger & Flight Battery

One md4-1000 flight battery and charger for maximum flight endurance.

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A flight planning module to prepare and carry out automated flights with your aircraft.

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Execute automatic final approach landing. Conduct waypoint missions and land with minimal operator intervention.

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Digital Data Link

Conveniently connect your Microdrones UAV to your digital devices.

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


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.

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