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Survey-Grade Laser Mapping Systems + Automation Software for Flight Planning, Acquisition & Post-Processing

Multi-Platform

Mount your Phoenix LiDAR integrated systems on aircrafts, drones, vehicles, vessels and even backpacks.

Real-Time Point Clouds

Phoenix LiDAR leverages the latest laser mapping technology to enable users to acquire precise, survey-grade data & review in real-time with live 3D color point clouds.

Multi-Application

Capture topography, inspect utility installations and construction sites, map disaster areas, conduct research for urban development & more.

Primary Applications

  • Introduction
  • Basics of LiDAR
  • How Does LiDAR Work?
  • Parameters for LiDAR Scanning via UAV
  • Phoenix LiDAR Workflow
  • Phoenix Advantage

LiDAR, short for Light Detection and Ranging is an active, remote sensing method used for an array of applications. It uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to measure ranges (variable distances) through vegetation to the Earth. The system is able to capture accurate surface data by measuring the time it takes for the laser to return to its source. 

LiDAR requires four basics parts to operate: 
- The LiDAR unit itself, which emits pulses of light, when mounted to a UAV scanning a predefined swath below. 
- A GPS receiver tracking the unit’s x,y,z coordinates. 
- An IMU which stands for Inertial Measurement Unit that tracks the tilt of the unit in space to achieve accurate elevation measurements. 
- A computer that records all transmitted data. 

These light pulses and their capabilities to produce multiple returns — combined with other data recorded by a system — are processed to create highly accurate, three dimensional information about the surface it has scanned.

The technique we use to derive centimeter level precision is called Real Time Kinematic Global Navigation Satellite System (RTK GNSS). This system uses the satellite signal’s carrier wave in addition to the information content of the signal and relies on a single GNSS reference station to provide real-time corrections. Now what happens during short periods of GNSS outages? Enter the Inertial Navigation System (INS): the INS uses a computer, motion sensors (accelerometers) and rotation sensors (gyroscopes) to continuously calculate the position, orientation, and velocity of the system. In order to combine the two systems, a very sophisticated algorithm, known as a linear quadratic estimation (LQE), operates on streams of noisy sensor data to produce a statistically optimal estimate of the system’s position at any point in time. By fusing this information with the LiDAR data, a point-cloud is generated and visualized in real-time using Phoenix Aerial SpatialExplorer. 


In case real-time corrections from the GNSS reference station are not available or longer outages prevent transmission of data to Rover, a third party software package called Inertial Explorer™ can still produce a precise trajectory in post-processing. Both types of trajectories (either generated in real-time from the INS or from Inertial Explorer™ in post-processing) can be fused with LiDAR data with Phoenix Aerial SpatialFuser to create point clouds in LAS format. 


Phoenix Aerial LiDAR solutions are engineered to attach to almost any vehicle and for the first time, the accompanying software is just as flexible as the module. By splitting sensor control and user interface into separate parts, multiple mapping options are possible: 


Aerial Mapping 

Phoenix Aerial LiDAR solutions can be used for mapping with many different vehicles such as UAV’s, gyrocopters, fixed-wing aircraft, etc. As shown in the image above, the operator is typically on the ground and connected directly to the GNSS reference station. Using the Phoenix Aerial SpatialExplorer software, the operator transmits correction data to the Rover via a long range WiFi system. The Rover then fuses this data in real time and transmits a down-sampled point cloud back to the operator. 


Ground Mapping 

When the operator travels with the Rover in a car, boat or ATV, he/she can connect directly to the Rover using either WiFi or an ethernet cable. Correction data can then be transmitted from the GNSS reference station to SpatialExplorer software via long range WiFi or a public IP address (using e.g. 3G/4G). With the on-board 240 gig SSD hard drive, the operator can scan for 6 hours without having to stop to download the data. 


Real-time Point Cloud Advantages 

The ability to visualize real time point clouds brings several key advantages: 

1) The operator can immediately determine if the results match the expectations. Previously, results were available only after landing, in which case it becomes very time consuming and expensive to make any changes. 

2) The operator can visualize the growing point cloud on a computer screen in real time and with this data can locate areas yet to be scanned and quickly alter the UAV’s course. 

3) Via 4G network, the operator can remotely share his/her screen with clients in real time to confirm/alter LiDAR point cloud.

Phoenix LiDAR Systems builds systems meant for mobile mapping. Surveying from a moving object is accompanied by certain parameters an operator must take into account: speed, scan area, altitude, frequency, pulse rate, scan angle and point density all play an integral role in capturing data. Note that you will obtain a scan swath of varying ranges and densities depending on these parameters.Actual accuracy is dependent on GPS processing options (RTK, PPK, WAAS), ionospheric conditions, satellite visibility, flight altitude (AGL) and other factors.

Real-time vs Post ProcessedIn RTK (Real Time Kinematic) mode, about 500 bytes of differential corrections are sent from the reference station to the rover about once every second. Applying these corrections, the rover is able to solve its position with centimeter-accuracy. 


 The differences between RTK mode and post-processing are:

  • post-processing requires extra software 
  • post-processing does not require a real-time connection between reference station and rover 
  • post-processing will often compute more accurate results, especially in environments with bad satellite visibility (ground scanning) 
  • post-processing allows the user to better judge the solution’s accuracy

  • Phoenix clients love flexibility. We maximize your investment by building LiDAR mapping systems that can be mounted on aircraft, drones, vehicles, vessels, and even backpacks. 
  • Every Phoenix LiDAR System can feature modular components for LiDAR mapping, multi/hyper-spectral sensing, hybrid-SLAM, photogrammetry, and more options for higher density and higher accuracy. 
  • Phoenix clients love real-time data. Our software enables you to see your data liveas you scan, giving you confidence that you’re collecting the information you need before packing up for the day. Higher-end Phoenix systems also support live 3D color point clouds! 
  • Save more time than conventional photogrammetry methods with faster processing times. 
  • Phoenix clients love autonomy. It’s your system and your data. We provide training so you know how to leverage your LiDAR capabilities to serve even more clients. And if you ever get stuck, we’re a message away. 
  • Phoenix clients love saving money. Acquiring data is only half the job. Post-processing can be an investment in the tens of thousands of dollars. With a subscription to Phoenix LiDARMill, you can save thousands on basic post-processing.

Choose Your Sensor

SCOUT-16

SOLID PERFORMANCE AT A FRACTION OF THE COST & WEIGHT

The Phoenix Scout-16 is an excellent entry-level, lightweight system with a 40 meter recommended AGL. A strong fit or smaller scan areas and teams on a budget, the Scout-16 also features options for photogrammetry, hyperspectral, thermal imaging, and more.

Scan Rate: 300K points/s, up to 2 returns

# of Lasers: 16

Absolute Accuracy: 55 mm RMSE @ 40m Range

Weight: 1.65 kg / 3.64 lbs

Applications: Utilities mapping, construction surveying, agriculture & forestry monitoring, open pit mining, stockpile volumetrics, general mapping

Mount: UAV, vehicle, backpack, SLAM


Scout-16

SCOUT-32

UAV LiDAR FOR VEGETATION & MEDIUM-RANGE SCANNING

The SCOUT-32 is a robust, mid-range member ofthe Scout Series. This lightweight system collectssurvey-grade data with an AGL range up to 65m. Anexcellent option for building high-density point cloudsof smaller scan areas, customize your SCOUT-32 withphotogrammetry, hyperspectral, thermal imaging, andadditional options.

Scan Rate: 700K points/s, up to 2 returns

Laser Range: 107m @ 60% reflectivity

Absolute Accuracy: 35-55 mm RMSE @ 50m Range

Weight: 2.4 kg

Applications: Oil & gas surveying, utilities mapping, railway track mapping, agriculture & forestry monitoring, construction surveying, open pit mining, general mapping

Mount: UAV, vehicle, backpack, SLAM


Scout-32

SCOUT-ULTRA

THE MOST POWERFUL MEMBER OF THE SCOUT SERIES

Lightweight and long range, the SCOUT ULTRA enables efficient data collection for challenging areas, even at higher altitudes and speeds. An excellent option for building high-density point clouds, the SCOUT ULTRA also features options for photogrammetry, hyperspectral, thermal imaging, and more. Flexibility in sensing and mounting options is a key benefit of this Phoenix system.

Scan Rate: 600K points/s, up to 2 returns

Laser Range: 220m @ 60% reflectivity

Absolute Accuracy: 55 mm RMSE @ 50m Range

Weight: 2.2 kg / 4.9 lbs

Applications: Oil & gas surveying, utilities mapping, railway track mapping, agriculture & forestry monitoring, construction surveying, open pit mining, general mapping

Mount: UAV, vehicle, backpack, SLAM


Scout-32

PIONEER P10

HIGH-POWER & PURPOSE-BUILT

The Pioneer P10's long-range laser sensor highs only 3.8kgs and is a purpose-built, UAV LiDAR mapping system with a high-power 1550nm laser. 


Most impressively, the Pioneer P10 allows users to finally fly at the maximum regulation AGL of 120m (400ft) and scan more area per flight due to its unique ability to focus all 640k points over a downward looking 110º field of view, making it the highest point resolution sensor of all commercial UAV LiDAR systems.

Scan Rate: 640K points/s, up to 3 returns

Laser Range: 300m @ 20% reflectivity

Absolute Accuracy: 20-30 mm RMSE @ 75m Range

Weight: 4.5 kg / 9.9 lbs

Applications: Oil & gas surveying, utilities mapping, railway track mapping, agriculture & forestry monitoring, construction surveying, open pit mining, general mapping

Mount: UAV , SLAM


Pioneer P10

PIONEER P-360

BEST IN-CLASS SURVEY GRADE LiDAR MAPPING SYSTEM

With a measurement precision of <1cm, the Pioneer P-360 will capture survey grade data for the most demanding application requirements. The complete system, with integrated dual oblique 24MPix cameras, weighs only 4.65kg; making it suitable for most mid-class commercial unmanned aircraft and robust enough for manned heli applications. 


The Pioneer P-360 supports of wide range of operating parameters in pulse repetition rate, range, and lines per second to allow it to be optimized for the application and data requirements.

Scan Rate: 500K points/s, up to 4 returns

Laser Range: 775m @ 30% reflectivity

Absolute Accuracy: 25-50 mm RMSE @ 350m Range

Weight: 4.65 kg / 10.25 lbs

Applications: Oil & gas surveying, utilities mapping, railway track mapping, agriculture & forestry monitoring, construction surveying, open pit mining, general mapping

Mount: UAV , helicopter, vehicle, backpack


Pioneer P-360

miniRANGER

MORE VERSATILE. MORE PRECISE. MORE DENSE POINT DATA.

This system features an impressive recommended AGL of up to 75 meters, filling a major AGL gap in the lightweight UAV LiDAR market. With the photogrammetry package, operators of mid-size multirotors, like the DJI M600 Pro, can now simultaneously acquire survey-grade LiDAR data and high resolution 42 MP RTK photogrammetry at up to 100 m operating flight altitude.

Scan Rate: 600K points/s, up to 2 returns

Laser Range: 220m @ 60% reflectivity

Absolute Accuracy: 55 mm RMSE @ 50m Range

Weight: 2.2 kg / 4.9 lbs

Applications: Agriculture & forestry monitoring, utilities mapping, construction mapping, cultural preservation, glacier & snowfield mapping, land erosion

Mount: UAV , vehicle, backpack, SLAM


miniRanger

miniRANGER-LITE

LIGHTEST, MOST VERSATILE LiDAR SYSTEM ON THE MARKET

This system features an impressive recommended AGL of up to 75 meters, filling a major AGL gap in the ultra-lightweight UAV LiDAR market. With the photogrammetry package, operators of mid-size multirotors, like the DJI M600 Pro, can now simultaneously acquire survey-grade LiDAR data and high resolution 42 MP RTK photogrammetry at up to 100 m operating flight altitude. With options for photogrammetry, multispectral, hyperspectral, and thermal imaging, the miniRANGER is one of Phoenix’s most popular and flexible systems.

Scan Rate: 100K points/s, up to 5 returns

Laser Range: 250m @ 60% reflectivity

Absolute Accuracy: 20-30 mm RMSE @ 75m Range

Weight: 2.2 kg / 4.9 lbs

Applications: Agriculture & forestry monitoring, utilities mapping, railway track mapping, oil & gas mapping, construction surveying, open pit mining, general mapping

Mount: UAV , vehicle, backpack, SLAM


miniRanger-Lite

RANGER SERIES

VERSATILE LONG-RANGE LIDAR

The Ranger Series Ranger-UAV is designed for the mostdemanding mapping applications, no compromises made.With a 920 meter laser range, this system producesphotorealistic 3D point clouds of very large regions. TheRanger is a true universal payload in that it’s designed formanned and unmanned aircraft as well as ground vehicles.

Scan Rate: 750K points/s, up to 7 returns

Laser Range: 1350m @ 60% reflectivity

Absolute Accuracy: 25-35 mm RMSE @ 250m Range

Weight: 5.3 kg / 11.7 lbs

Applications: Agriculture & forestry monitoring, utilities mapping, railway track mapping, oil & gas mapping, construction surveying, open pit mining, general mapping

Mount: UAV , vehicle, backpack, helicopter


Ranger Series

RANGER-LR LITE

LIGHTEST, MOST VERSATILE LiDAR SYSTEM ON THE MARKET

The RANGER-LR LITE is the new lighter Long Range system configuration of our RANGER Series. Designed for the most demanding mapping applications, the RANGER-LR LITE is the ultimate combination of high density, long range LiDAR with a powerful 1,550 nm laser that penetrates dense vegetation at high speeds and altitudes in large scan regions.

Scan Rate: 750K points/s, up to 7 returns

Laser Range: 1350m @ 60% reflectivity

Absolute Accuracy: 25-35 mm RMSE @ 150m Range

Weight: 3.85 kg / 8.5 lbs

Applications: Agriculture & forestry monitoring, utilities mapping, railway track mapping, oil & gas mapping, construction surveying, open pit mining, general mapping

Mount: UAV , vehicle, backpack


Ranger-LR Lite

RANGER XL

THE ULTIMATE CORRIDOR MAPPING SYSTEM

The Ranger XL is a lightweight airborne laser scanner, specially designed for use on UAS and small manned airplanes or helicopters. With its wide field of view of 75 degrees and an extremely fast data acquisition rate of up to 1.8 MHz, the Ranger XL is perfectly suited for high point density corridor mapping applications such as power line, railway track and pipeline inspection.

Scan Rate: 1800K points/s, up to 15 returns

Laser Range: 900m @ 20% reflectivity

Absolute Accuracy: 25-50 mm RMSE @ 350m Range

Weight: 5 kg / 11 lbs

Applications: Utility mapping, railway track mapping, agriculture & forestry mapping, open pit mining, general mapping

Mount: UAV , helicopter, plane


Ranger XL

Sample Data

This colored point cloud features data from our entry-level Scout system with dual RGB cameras, which covered 120 degrees of swath and offered excellent oblique color. At 40 meters AGL, the Scout mapped the area with accuracy within 1 cm. This system is ideal for applications requiring oblique imagery, like open pit mining, etc.

System: Scout + Dual RGB Cameras 

AGL: 40 m (approx.) 

Speed: 6 m/s (approx.)

One of the strengths of the miniRANGER system is its ability to acquire precise data in densely vegetated areas, enabling surveyors to capture dense point cloud information of the ground beneath foliage . Combining LiDAR and an RGB camera, this system captures elevations, creeks and rivers, and infrastructure in one mission.

System: miniRANGER

AGL: 80 m (approx.) 

Speed: 6-10 m/s (approx.)

Used as a solo mapping system or in conjunction with aerial LiDAR, Phoenix’s RANGER LR system is so portable that it can be mounted onto a backpack and walked through a neighborhood to capture data. Projecting RGB color onto the LiDAR data enables a colorized point cloud for enhanced usability.

System: RANGER LR + Backpack Mount 

AGL: 2 m (approx.) 

Speed: 1 m/s (approx.)

We’re proud of this data set, which features Phoenix LiDAR’s Dual RANGER system and our powerful IMU 52, producing a dense and highly accurate point cloud with sufficient detail to map utility infrastructure and power lines clearly from an altitude of 100 meters, traveling at 50 knots.

System: Dual RANGER LR + IMU 52 + R44 Helicopter

AGL: 100 m (approx.) 

Speed: 50 k/n (approx.)

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