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MNM Lidar System

The Mad Nadir Mapping Lidar System (MNMLS) is the lightest (~730 grams) and most affordable UAV lidar mapping solution currently available on the market. MNMLS contains a tactical grade inertial measurement unit (IMU) coupled with a multi-frequency GNSS receiver. Combined, these two components make up the highly accurate inertial navigation system (INS). The system uses a multi-return lidar scanner capable of recording single, double, and triple returns. MNMLS allows for push-button data logging but also contains a web-app interface for system checks, IMU calibration, data logging, etc. MNMLS comes standard with a skyport mount (power only), but can be mounted on any UAV (VTOL, fixed-wing, multi-rotor) with a custom mount. All MNMLS purchases include a perpetual processing license for the Mad Nadir Mapping Lidar Processor (MNMLP) software. The MNMLP software is easy to use and includes a custom MNMLP lever arm and boresight tool, BayesMap StripAlign function, PPK trajectory processing, field-based processing does not require an active internet connection (except StripAlign), contains no hidden post-processing steps, employs multi-core processing techniques, consumes low amounts of RAM, requires zero license fees, and includes free software updates. The MNMLP seamlessly ingests the raw MNMLS data and outputs a georeferenced compressed .las file (.laz) that can be brought in to any lidar post-processing software. Georeferenced point cloud outputs from the MNMLS are comparable to other entry-level systems on the market, but at a much lower price point.

The purchase of this system includes the MNMLS hardware, the UAV GNSS antenna and mount, and the MNMLP software (including a perpetual license). See the full specifications below for more information. MNMLS is an all-inclusive and turn-key system that is ready to acquire high-quality data right out of the box!

MNMLS units are designed and assembled in the USA. Mad Nadir Mapping ships globally but note that Mad Nadir Mapping does not cover customs or import fees. Mad Nadir Mapping is happy to arrange custom shipping solutions and is open to regional wholesaling. Contact us to discuss these options.

MNM Lidar System

  • - All-inclusive and turn-key system
    - Lightweight (i.e., 730 grams)
    - Tactical grade IMU
    - Hard case included
    - Several mount options
    - Perpetual processing software license included
    - Lever arm and boresight correction tool included
    - BayesMap StripAlign included
    - Free core software upgrades
    - No software license fees
    - See below for full MNMLS specifications

    - Robust user manual


System Specifications

  • Overall Weight: 730 grams

  • Voltage Range: 12-15 V

  • Several Mount Options

  • Push Button Data Logging

  • Simple Web App Data Interface (2.4 or 5.0 GHz​)

  • LED Status Light

  • External USB3 Data Logging (drive included)

  • UAV GNSS Antenna and Mount (included)

  • Designed and Assembled in the USA


Software Specifications

  • Zero License Fees

  • Simple Workflow with Industry Standard Outputs (.laz)

  • Compatible with Windows 10/11

  • Multi-Core Processing with Very Low RAM Usage

  • Lever Arm and Boresight Correction Tool

  • StripAlign Function Powered by BaseMap

  • No Internet Access Required (*except StripAlign)

  • No Hidden Post-Processing Steps

  • PPK Trajectory Processing (requires base station)

  • Perpetual Software License Included

  • Software Upgrades Included

INS/IMU Specifications

  • Tactical Grade IMU (US Company)

  • 0.04° Roll/Pitch (RMSE)

  • 0.13° Heading (RMSE)

  • Gyroscope: 1.5 °/hr Bias Instability

  • Accelerometer: 19 µg Bias Instability

  • Multi-band GNSS

    • GPS L1C/A L2C

    • GLO L1OF L2OF

    • GAL E1B/C E5b

    • BDS B1I B2I

    • QZSS L1C/A L2C

  • ​0.01 m + 1 ppm CEP

Laser Specifications

  • Lidar Returns: Single (first), Single (strongest), Double, and Triple

  • FOV: 70.4° (horizontal) x 4.5° (vertical)

  • Beam Divergence: 0.28° (vertical) x 0.03° (horizontal)

  • PRF: 240,000 PPS (single), 480,000 PPS (double), and 720,000 PPS (triple)

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