New products were released this week at ILMF in Denver, with the biggest news coming from Riegl with the company's first UAS LiDAR sensor and Leica and Airborne Hydrography AB's CHIROPTERA II, a LiDAR solution for topographic mapping and shallow water surveying. Also this week, Trimble announced two additions to its airborne LiDAR portfolio: The Trimble AX60i and AX80, while Topcon announced the release in Europe of its unmanned aerial positioning system.

Riegl had been developing the world's first survey-grade UAS LiDAR sensor, the VUX-1, and showed it off Monday at ILMF in Denver. The sensor is still some months away from production but the company is ready to unveil the technology. The sensor was designed to meet the needs of emerging surveying solutions by UAS, gyrocopters and ultra-light aircraft.

Scanner applications include agriculture and forestry, defense, wide-area mapping, flood-zone mapping, glacier and snowfield mapping, topography and mining and academic markets.

"By introducing the VUX-1, Riegl is the first to offer a LiDAR sensor that has been especially developed for the UAS and RPAS markets. We expect tremendous growth in these fields and are proud to support these with the breakthrough VUX-1," said Dr. Johannes Riegl, Riegl's CEO.

Read about the other products here:

Leica, Airborne Hydrography AB Launch New Multispectral LiDAR Solution for Shallow Water Surveys

Trimble Launches New Airborne LiDAR Systems

Topcon Announces Release of Unmanned Aerial Positioning System