Recommended drone platforms for Routescene UAV LiDAR mapping systems

Posted on June 7, 2021 in Drone integration


Routescene’s UAV LiDAR mapping systems have been designed to be drone agnostic. Easily integrated with any multi rotor drone that can carry a payload of between 1.9kg (4.2lbs) and 2.4kg (5.3lbs) depending on the LidarPod configuration you choose. This weight includes the LidarPod, mounting kit, cables and GNSS antennas.

Below is a selection of aerial platforms and your choice will depend on your application and the final results you wish to achieve:

1. Multi rotor drones (or multicopters)

Model name: AIR8

Manufacturer: Airborne Robotics
Endurance with LiDAR system: 32 minutes
Max payload: 10kg (22lbs)
Power source: batteries

Airborne Robotics AIR8 drone

Designed and manufactured in Austria with offices also in the UK and Germany. Airbourne Robotics provides a full turnkey drone system with hardware, operating and flight planning software, training and support. The AIR8 OctoCopter features market leading characteristics of flight time, payload capacity, redundancy and water resistance (IP54 rated for dust and splash water safe).


Model name: AIR4

Manufacturer: Airborne Robotics
Endurance with LiDAR system: 15-17 minutes
Max payload: 2kg (4.4lbs)
Power source: batteries

Airborne Robotics AIR4 drone

The AIR4 Quadcopter has been designed for surveying and mapping applications. Designed and manufactured in Austria as a full turnkey system.


Model name: Perimeter 8

Manufacturer: Skyfront Inc
Endurance with LiDAR system: 3 hours
Max payload: 7.5kg (16.5kg)
Power source: hybrid gas – electric

Skyfront Perimeter 8 drone with Routescene UAV LiDAR system

Skyfront Perimeter 8 drone with Routescene UAV LiDAR system

We tested the Routescene LidarPod mounted onto a Skyfront Perimeter 8 drone and achieved 3 hours flight time. Read about the longest endurance gasoline-electric hybrid multicopter LiDAR drone test at Skyfront’s test site in California, USA.


Model names: Raven, D Series and Harrier Industrial

Manufacturer: Vulcan
Endurance: 20 minutes
Max Payload: 10kg (22kg)
Power source: batteries

Vulcan Raven with LidarPod in flight

This Vulcan X8 configuration shown is fitted with the Routescene LidarPod

The Raven is capable of lifting a 10kg payload and maintain maneuverability. Made from carbon fiber and 6061 aluminum. Tough folding aircraft in X8 configuration.

Quick detach fixed landing gear is used, allowing the LidarPod to be easily removed and cased while still installed in the landing gear, for quick and simple deployment and secure transportation.

Vulcan offers a number of drone models capable of working with the Routescene UAV LiDAR system including the D Series and Harrier Industrial.


Model name: M300

Manufacturer: DJI
Endurance with LiDAR system: 30 minutes
Max payload: 2.7kg (5.9lbs)
Power source: batteries

DJI M300 drone

The latest commercial drone platform from DJI providing enhanced performance and safety features including dual control. Providing up to 30 minutes flight time with the maximum payload.


Model name: Matrice 600 Pro (M600)

Manufacturer: DJI
Endurance with LiDAR system: 15-20 minutes
Max payload: 6kg (13.2kg)
Power source: batteries

Routescene LidarPod dual GNSS antenna

DJI M600 drone with Routescene LidarPod mounted underneath

The most common drone our customers fly with the Routescene LiDAR mapping system. It is a stable flying platform, widely used across many industries worldwide and spare parts are readily available. This drone is no longer being manufactured.


Model name: Titan MP

Manufacturer: Threod
Endurance with LiDAR system: 20 minutes
Max payload: 6kg (13.2kg)
Power source: batteries

Threod Titan MP drone

Threod Titan MP drone

The Threod Titan MP drone is a modular system with a high level of customization, able to carry a payload up to 6kg. The endurance of the Titan MP drone is up to 45 minutes.


2. Fixed wing UAVs

Model name: S360 MkII

Manufacturer: Hanseatic
Endurance: 1.5hrs
Max payload: 5+kg (11+kg)
Power source: combustion engine

Hanseatic-S360 fixed wing drone

Hanseatic-S360 Mk II fixed wing drone

Hanseatic Aviation Solutions GmbH offers innovative products and services based on their extensive experience in the aviation industry. This aircraft has a >5kg payload bay with 1.5 hour flight endurance. Also available with autopilot system and mission planning tool. See more about Hanseatic Aviation Soultions and Routescene working together.


3. UAV helicopters

Model name: Airboxer

Manufacturer: Higheye
Endurance: 2hrs
Max payload: 5kg (11kg)
Power source: combustion engine

Higheye Airboxer UAV helicopter

]The Airboxer is a long range unmanned helicopter with a three-blade single rotor. Because of its’ size, weight and capabilities, it creates a class on its own. It brings industrial reliability into the UAV market at an unprecedented small size. Consider the Airboxer as a down-sized version of a manned helicopter. Both the gearboxes and the rotor systems are rated and tested for a TBO of 1,000 hours within standard operational conditions. Propulsion is provided by an air-cooled boxer engine with fuel injection. The aircraft’s main fuel tank has a 6.5 liters AVGAS capacity. The Airboxer will lift payloads of 5.0 kgs for several hours at sea level.


4. Manned helicopters

The Routescene UAV LiDAR system can also be mounted onto a helicopter. Please note that the ideal height for flying the LidarPod is 40-60m.

Model name: Hughes 500

Hughes 500 Helicopter with Routescene LidarPod mounted onto the tail

Hughes 500 Helicopter with Routescene LidarPod mounted onto the tail

Model name: Eurocopter AS350

Eurocopter AS350 with Routescene LidarPod

Eurocopter AS350 with Routescene LidarPod mounted onto the front


5. Vehicle LiDAR system

Routescene LiDAR mobile mapping system

Routescene system deployed for mobile mapping on a vehicle

Don’t forget that Routescene’s LiDAR systems are flexible and can be easily converted into a mobile mapping system and mounted onto a vehicle.