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The RIEGL miniVUX-3UAV is an extremely lightweight airborne laser scanner, designed specifically for integration with UAS/UAV/RPAS. The sensor offers a selectable 100 kHz, 200 kHz, and 300 kHz laser pulse repetition rate (PRR). With 300 kHz PRR, it provides up to 100,000 measurements per second at 120° FoV and thus a dense point pattern on the ground for UAV-based applications that require the acquisition of small objects.


The small and sophisticated design of the stable aluminum housing offers various integration possibilities with platforms that offer restricted space or payload capabilities. The 360° field of view allows complete acquisition of the environment.

An easy-to-remove SD card for data storage, and/or the option for streaming the scan data via LAN-TCP/IP interface, in combination with the modest power consumption of the scanner, enable straight-forward integration with most UAS/UAV/RPAS types.

The RIEGL miniVUX-3UAV makes use of RIEGL’s unique Waveform-LiDAR technology, allowing echo digitization and online waveform processing. Multi-target resolution is the basis for penetrating even dense foliage. As a further special feature, the wavelength is optimized for the measurement of snowy and icy terrain.

In addition to the stand-alone version of the miniVUX-3UAV, RIEGL also offers fully-integrated system solutions.

As an entry-level IMU/GNSS solution, RIEGL provides RiLOC, an integrated component to complement RIEGL's kinematic LiDAR systems for localization and orientation of LiDAR data in a reference coordinate system. This fully integrated subsystem with a small and lightweight form factor is directly attached to the housing of the miniVUX-1UAV or miniVUX-3UAV. RiLOC itself consists of one or two GNSS receivers, an inertial measurement unit and a data acquisition controller with accompanying software. RiLOC makes use of tight coupling in processing inertial, GNSS and LiDAR data.

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Main applications

Agriculture & Forestry Glacier and Snowfield Mapping Archeology and Cultural Heritage Documentation Construction-Site Monitoring Landslide Monitoring

Distinguishable features

100 kHz / 200 kHz / 300 kHz Laser PRR selectable measurement rate up to 200,000 measurements/sec scan speed up to 100 scans/sec very compact & lightweight (1.55 kg / 3.4 lbs) up to 360° field-of-view robust aluminum housing, ready to be mounted on multi-rotor, rotary-wing, and fixed-wing UAVs makes use of RIEGL's unique echo signal digitization and online waveform processing multiple target capability – up to 5 target echoes per laser shot mechanical and electrical interface for IMU mounting exceptionally well suited to measure in snowy and icy terrains user-friendly, application- and installation-oriented solutions for integration

Measurement Characteristics

Scanning method

rotating scan mirror

Range accuracy [mm]


Scanning Speed [measurements p second]


multiple pulses in air


Min. pulse frequency [Hz]


Max. pulse frequency [Hz]


Max. field of view [degrees]


Max. number of recorded echoes per pulse


Physical Properties

Height [cm]


Length [cm]


Width [cm]


Weight [kg]


Water and dust proof


Laser Pulse Characteristics

Laser Class


Min. range of laser pulse [m]


Max. range of laser pulse [m]


Power Supply

Power consumption


Power requirements


Operation Characteristics

Camera included

Data and Software

Type of storage

flash card


Year of last update


Year of introduction



Other documents
  • miniVUX-3UAV Datasheet
    2.2 MB
  • miniVUX-SYS Datasheet
    2.08 MB
  • RIEGL RiLOC Preliminary Infosheet.pdf
    7.8 MB

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