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Airborne Survey

Speed and flexibility across large areas

The advantages of airborne surveying

Over the last 30+ years, Teledyne Optech has proven that airborne surveying offers many advantages for acquiring spatially-located data across large areas. From an aircraft’s vantage point, sensors capture wide areas of terrain such as cities, forests and farmlands, or long corridors such as power lines, railways and rivers. Airborne sensors also have the speed and flexibility to survey many square kilometers in a single flight, even over rough or inaccessible terrain.

Airborne Lidar Systems

CZMIL SuperNova

Simultaneous high-resolution 3D data and imagery of coastal topography


Introducing Teledyne Geospatial's new survey-grade UAV laser scanning payload.

Mounts and Integrated Systems

G2 Sensor System

Double your productivity for wide area surveying using the new G2 sensor system

Gyro-Stabilized Mount Solutions

Gyro-stabilized survey solutions

Fixed Mounts

Mount airborne survey and mapping solutions in aircraft.

Heli-Pod Solutions

Carbon fiber multi-sensor platforms available with pod and belly mount attachments for rotorcraft installations

One platform, many sensors

Airborne systems can consist of a customized selection of sensors to fit the surveyor’s needs. Optech’s world-famous lidar sensors excel at capturing high-accuracy, high-resolution 3D topographic maps, while our award-winning cameras collect imagery for mapping and engineering surveys. Optech also provides near-infrared and thermal camera sensors for environmental surveying, heat-loss analysis and ISR.

Installation flexibility

Sensors can be mounted in various types of aircraft, depending on the surveyor’s mission. Optech has installed systems on numerous types of aircraft. These range from airplanes (best-suited to wide-area mapping) to UAVs and helicopters (best-suited for corridor mapping). The sensors are positioned either over a downward-looking port in the aircraft cabin or in an external pod, and are supported by an inertial navigation system with a GNSS antenna for accurately georeferenced data.