ClearSkies Geomatics Adds RIEGL VQ-1560 II-S

ClearSkies Geomatics Inc. (Colorado, USA) has invested in a RIEGL VQ-1560 II-S Airborne Laser Scanner as the foundation of their fleet of rental systems.


The VQ-1560 II-S follows the successful concept of RIEGL’s proven dual channel laser scanner series. With increased laser power the operational altitudes are extended up to 1700 m AGL at a pulse repetition rate of 4 MHz, or up to 3900 m AGL at a pulse repetition rate of 540 kHz (all values given for 20% target reflectance).

These improved maximum ranges allow an increase in the system’s productivity of about 25% for a very attractive point density range. Laser pulse repetition rates can be fine-tuned in 12 kHz steps, enabling subtle optimization of acquisition parameters to meet specific project requirements.


With its unique cross-fire scan pattern allowing the maximum wide-area coverage for various forestry and corridor applications, the VQ- 1560 II-S has become the flagship airborne system for the industry.

“We are extremely pleased that ClearSkies has committed and invested in RIEGL aerial sensors and technologies to enable existing and future customers in their short-term capacity requirements.” commented Michael Sitar, Airborne Division Manager for RIEGL USA. “ClearSkies presented to us a unique business model designed to support the aerial survey industry with access to the latest in aerial LiDAR sensor solutions for mid to large collection programs.”

ClearSkies Geomatics Inc. is an industry leader within the geospatial community. The company’s experience with many different remote sensing platforms and technologies is especially in tune with the needs of clients with large project requirements and inquiries as to the best solutions for their needs. ClearSkies commitment to purchase a RIEGL VQ-1560 II-S ensures that the airborne community will be equipped with the correct solution.

“ClearSkies Geomatics is thrilled to be able to offer our clients around the world with the opportunity to rent this high-accuracy RIEGL VQ-1560 II-S.” said Patrick McConnell, President of ClearSkies Geomatics Inc. “This sensor system will be our premier system available for short-term rentals and enables us to meet this important need in the aerial survey industry. RIEGL USA’s support for our growing sensor rental services is critical for our success and we look forward to our continued relationship.”

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