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Teledyne Geospatial CZMIL Supernova

Topo / Bathy multichannel green and infrared laser scanning system.

Supernova is the next generation topo/bathy lidar system from Teledyne Geospatial. Equipped with the most powerful green laser on the market, Supernova provides maximum depth penetration, superior coverage in turbid waters, and up to 8 ppm2 point density in shallow water.

  • Teledyne Geospatial CZMIL Supernova
Teledyne Geospatial
300 Interchange Way
L4K 5Z8 Vaughan
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Teledyne Optech Inc. has been making laser systems for over 40 years for space, airborne and fixed applications.  Participating with the US Navy, Army Corps of Engineers and NOAA, Teledyne Optech developed the first airborne green laser scanning system, SHOALS (Scanning Hydrographic Oceanographic Airborne Laser System).  Continuing the Army / Navy /NOAA partnership, the survey consortium JALBTCX (Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetric Technical Center of Expertise) was born.  The next development was the Coastal Zone Mapping Imaging Lidar (CZMIL) system, which first flew in 2012; there are now 9 systems worldwide.  Improvements in the CZMIL system electronics and processing produced the Nova system.  Now, in 2021, the CZMIL Supernova is introduced.  This system has the deepest depth penetration on the market, yet can be programmed for shallow water surveys where water can be optically complex and higher point densities can be required.  Key products points:

  • Programmable for deep, shallow and topographic modes
  • Best depth penetration on the market:  4.4 /Kd for deep channel and 2.9/Kd for shallow channel
  • SmartSpacing mode for more even point distribution across the swath
  • Onboard real-time data processing - land the survey flight with a point cloud
  • CARIS Base Editor software for data processing, visualization and product generation
  • CARIS Bathy Database for data management and exploitation


  • Year of introduction
  • Year of last update
  • Total Weight [kg]
  • Power requirements
    85 A; 28 VDC
  • Type of GNSS/INS positioning system
    Applanix POS AV V6
  • Camera
    150 MP RGB metric frame camera with Infrared sensor head option (Phase One)). Hyperspectral options for VNIR, SWIR, Thermal
  • Data storage facilities
    Removable solid state disks
  • Mission planning software
    Optech Airborne Mission Manager (AMM)
  • Postprocessing software
    CARIS Base Editor
  • Wavelength [nm]
  • Beam divergence [mrad]
  • Type/class laser
    Class IV
  • Eyesafe range [m]
  • Scanning method
    Circular prism scanning
  • Scan frequency [Hz]
  • Min. pulse frequency [Hz]
  • Max. pulse frequency [Hz]
  • Max. field of view [deg]
  • Max. number of recorded echoes per pulse
    Full waveform
  • Full-wave form digitization
  • Pulse sampling frequency [GHz]
  • Recording of intensity of return signal [bits]
  • multiple pulses in air
  • Platform
    Helicopter, Fixed-wing
  • Min. flying height [m]
  • Max. flying height [m]
  • Max. acquisition time [hr]
  • Elevation precision at 1 km [m]
  • Planimetric precision at 1km [cm]
  • Pitch and roll pointing precision [deg]
  • Heading pointing precision [deg]
  • Main applications
    Seamless bathymetric data generation in clear waters to 80m and turbid water; nautical charting; shallow coastal area monitoring; navigation hazard detection; seafloor reflectance image and classification for environmental assessment. Results include high accuracy bathymetry (to 80 m) with seamles data transition to topography; true water column characterization; submerged object detection; bottom feature classification; unmatched shallow and turbid water results.
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