Aerial Exploration and Analysis

The MicrOptik Aerial Explorer 18 (AE18) is designed for land survey, 3D-mapping, forest and agricultural tasks. It is the most efficient way to visualize, measure and model various targets. It is able to map 100 hectares during a single flight with a ground sample distance of 3 centimeters. The AE18 ground station is used to control the AE18 to explore all possible targets. The AE18 can be equipped with a fixed ortho gimbal or with a 2-axis gyro stabilized brushless gimbal and video link.
The AE18 drone is compatible with various imaging and measuring devices:
  • Visible light camera
  • Thermal or infrared light camera
  • Multispectral sensors


Amongst various exploration techniques Microptik provides a LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) sensor. LIDAR is a surveying method that measures the distance to a target by illuminating that target with a pulsed laser light. The reflected pulses are then measured with a sensor. The laser return time is proportional to the distance between the laser source and the target. The combined data consisting of the position of the laser, azimuth and elongation of the laser beam and the distance to the target enable to compose 3D-representations of the target.