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Product Name:BathyCopter
Product Description:RIEGL's BathyCopter is a Small UAV-Based Surveying System for hydrographic applications ideally suited for generating profiles of inland water bodies. The roboust and reliable platform design of RIEGL's remotely piloted RiCOPTER now integrates the new RIEGL BDF-1, a compact and lightweight bathymetric depth finder comprising a tilt compensation, an IMU/GNSS unit with antenna, a control unit and up to two external digital cameras. The BDF-1 can optionally be equipped with a miniVUX-1UAV LiDAR sensor. The device sends out laser pulses at a rate of 4 kHz. The echo signal of each laser pulse is digitized and recorded for the entire range gate of 50m. That means, that predetection averaging of the waveforms can be performed in post processing, increasing the depth performance. Subsequently the waveforms are processed by RIEGL's new and patented hydrographic full waveform processing algorithm based on exponential decomposition. Finally data sets with high accuracy, high range resolution, and hydrography-specific attributes are provided which support point classification.
Year of initial development::2016
Year of last update:2016
Typical Applications:Generation of profiles of inland water bodies
Max. payload [kg]:14
Max. stay in the air [min]:30
Max. speed [km/h]:60
Max. height above ground [m]:
ø / wingspan [cm]:192
Height [cm]:47
Weight [kg]:9
Weight of battery [kg]:8
Weight of filled fuel tank [kg]:
Number of rotors:8
Transport on human back:Y
Min. operation temperature [°C]:-5
Max. operation temperature [°C]:40
Max. wind speed [m/sec]:8
Max. humidity [%]:
Navigation Sensors 
Onboad navigation sensors:GNSS, IMU, Barometer, Compass
Type of GNSS:
Type of IMU:
Type of Barometer:
Type of Compass:
Other :
Imaging/scanning devices 
Onboard imaging/scanning devices:Camera, Lidar
Type of Camera:Sony Alpha 6000
Type of Lidar:RIEGL BDF-1
Additional Sensors:
Build-in Stablilsation:N
Exchangeable :Y
Sensor tilting to allow oblique views:Y
Launch and Landing 
Min. ø of launch/landing site [m]:4
Launching method:vertical take-off and landing
Automatic landing:Y
Fully pre-programmeble flight :Y
Min. size of field crew:1
Piloting skills required:Y
Training provided:Y
Amount of training [hrs]:
Software Included 
Type of software included:Flight planning, Point cloud processing software
Block adjusment software:
Camera self-calibration software:
Flight planning software:
Photogrammetric software:
Point could processing software:RiPROCESS
Automatic Generated Products 
Automatically Generated Products:
Shielded propellers:No
Collision avoidance systems (CAS):Y
Autonomous emergency landing :
Base Station 
Ground computer included:
Type of Ground computer:
Sensor control:Y
Real time image and video download link:Y
Speed downloadlink [Mbytes/sec]:

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