New RIEGL Laser Scanning Solutions for UAV-based Data Acquisition

With their latest developments, RIEGL once again underlines its pioneering role as a provider of high-performance LiDAR sensors and systems for integration with UAS.

 

The ongoing trend in the UAS industry demands for performance-matched and survey-grade laser scanners for integration with both compact multi-rotor and high-speed VTOL or fixed-wing UAV platforms.

RIEGL has recognized this trend and aligned its product range in this direction.

VUX 180: lightweight and versatile UAV LiDAR Sensor for High-Speed Mapping

RIEGL VUX-180-24
The new RIEGL VUX-180-24 offers a wide field of view of 75 degrees and an extremely high pulse repetition rate of up to 2.4 MHz. These features in combination with an increased scan speed of up to 800 lines per second make it perfectly suited for high-speed surveying missions and applications where an optimal line and point distribution is required. Typical applications include mapping and monitoring of critical infrastructure like power lines, railway tracks, pipelines, and runways.

The RIEGL VUX-180-24 provides mechanical and electrical interfaces for IMU/GNSS integration and up to 5 external cameras, mirroring the form factor of the VUX-16023. For smooth and straight forward data storage, an internal SSD memory with 2 TByte storage capacity and a removable CFast memory card are available.

This sensor further complements RIEGL’s already proven VUX-12023, VUX-16023, and VUX-24024 series and is available as a stand-alone sensor or in various fully integrated laser scanning system configurations with IMU/GNSS system and optional cameras.

VUX-240: now with enhanced performance for high point density applications

RIEGL VUX-240-24
The RIEGL VUX-240-24 is the new enhanced version of the well-established RIEGL VUX-240, now offering higher pulse repetition rates and faster scanning speed for further increased field performance and workflow efficiency. A wide field of view of 75 degrees and an extremely fast data acquisition rate of up to 2.4 MHz, which results in a measurement rate of up to 2 million measurements per second, make the sensor perfectly suited for high point density applications like power line, rail track, and pipeline inspection. Its increased scan speed of up to 600 lines per second allows operations not only from fast flying UAVs, but also small helicopters, gyrocopters and other crewed aircraft at operating flight altitudes up to 4,700 feet.

Mechanical and electrical interfaces allow for the optional integration of an IMU/GNSS system and up to 4 cameras. Data can be stored either on the internal 2 TByte SSD Memory or with a removeable CFAST memory card providing quick data transfer to a PC.

miniVUX: RIEGL miniVUX-3UAV with RiLOC, RIEGL’s entry-level IMU/GNSS solution

RIEGL miniVUX-Series
In addition to the stand-alone versions of the RIEGL miniVUX-1UAV and the miniVUX-3UAV LiDAR sensor, RIEGL also offers system solutions with IMU/GNSS systems and cameras.

Now RIEGL provides RiLOC, an integrated component to complement RIEGL’s kinematic LiDAR systems for localization and orientation of LiDAR data in a reference coordinate system. This fully integrated subsystem with a small and lightweight form factor is directly attached to the housing of the miniVUX-1UAV or miniVUX-3UAV with a total system weight of only 1.75 kg. RiLOC itself consists of one or two GNSS receivers, an inertial measurement unit and a data acquisition controller with accompanying software. It makes use of tight coupling in processing inertial, GNSS and LiDAR data providing a new entry-level option for RIEGL’s cost effective UAS LiDAR system solutions.

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