how is drone lidar system typically work?

Drone LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) systems are a technology that combines LiDAR sensors with drones, enabling them to capture highly accurate 3D images and detailed map environments. LiDAR technology uses laser pulses to measure distance and create an accurate three-dimensional representation of an object or landscape. Let’s discuss how a drone lidar system typically works

LiDAR Sensor: Drones are equipped with LiDAR sensors, which emit laser pulses towards the ground or surrounding objects.

Laser emission and reflection: These laser pulses reflect off the surface and return to the sensor. The time it takes for the pulse to return helps determine the distance to each point.

Data collection: As the drone moves, lidar sensors continuously collect data points, creating a point cloud that represents the area being measured.

Data processing: Process the raw data collected by LiDAR sensors to produce highly detailed 3D models, maps, or point clouds of the measured area.

Drone  lidar systems have a wide range of applications

Surveying: Used in architecture, urban planning and land surveying to accurately map and model terrain and structures.

Environmental monitoring: Assessing changes in vegetation, forest health, and topography over time.

Infrastructure Inspections: Check the condition of power lines, pipes, and other inaccessible structures.

Archeology and Cultural Preservation: Create detailed 3D models without destroying historic sites or artifacts.

The detail and accuracy these systems provide often outperforms traditional surveying methods, making them invaluable in a variety of industries for tasks requiring accurate spatial data.

FD GLC-S lightweight Intelligent LiDAR System For multi-rotor drone

drone lidar system

FD GLC-S is a lightweight LiDAR system featuring full automation. Mounted on small multi-drone,  FD GLC-S drone lidar system automatically processes data at the speed of acquisition. Colorized point cloud and DSM are completed at landing, offering an intelligent UAV LiDAR solution with high accuracy and efficiency, but little field effort. it's very good for power line inspection, small area mapping, long corridor mapping, volumetric calculation for mining, highway design mapping, riverbank and coastal line mapping.


Laserclass:Class 1, eyesafe
Laserbeamdivergence angle:0.6mrad
Scanning range:200m@30%reflective
Scanning angle:60°
Pulse rate:315KHz
Point density:Upto400pts/m²
Scanning mechanism: MM(mirror less,non-rotational)
Pitch/Rollaccuracy: 0.010°
Heading accuracy: 0.025°
Recording media:Win 10systemcontroller
Storage capacity:512GB
Singlescanning swath: Upto208m
Imagesensortype: APS-C
Image resolution: 24mpwith14mmlens
Effective operating range: Conductors:85m, others:200m
Powerconsumption: 60W(Max.)
Voltage: 20-28VDC
Dimensions(LxWxH): 168mm×109mm×145mm
Working temperature:-20℃to60℃
Storage temperature: -40℃to70℃


1.Multi-rotor: flight altitude not more than 180m, flight speed 5-10m/s.

2. Fixed-wing: flight altitude mote more than 120m, flight speed  not more than 28m/s.

FDG815 small quadcopter dronepayloadFD GLC-S lidar system for mapping

Point cloud and DSM are automatically generated after completing mission

drone lidar system for power line mapping