Leica Geosystems GIS & Mapping, LLC announced a series of significant performance increases to its Leica ALS50 Airborne Laser Scanner. The changes represent a 10 percent improvement in point density over currently available competing systems and reduce the minimum flying height to levels typical of helicopter operation in corridor mapping applications.
The improvements include:
The Leica ALS50 Airborne Laser Scanner is a compact, LIDAR-based system designed for the acquisition of topographical and return signal intensity data from numerous airborne platforms. The data is computed using laser range and return signal intensity measurements recorded in-flight, along with position and attitude data derived from airborne GPS and inertial subsystems. The improvements are now available on all ALS50 systems, as well as in upgrade packages for most existing ALS40 units.