Improve Data Acquisition Instantly

In unmanned acquisition, a flightplan is commonly loaded into the UAV and executed by the flightcontroller with predictable velocity and accuracy. However, unmanned acquisition adds a pilot/driver as an additional source of uncertainty.
Phoenix LiDAR Systems' MissionGuidance is designed to help streamline manned LiDAR data acquisition by supplying the pilot/driver with guidance information. The same flightplan that would be navigated by a UAV's flightcontroller is now visualized to the pilot relative to the vehicle's current position along with allowed tolerances, allowing fine adjustments in realtime.
A wide range of configration options allows customizing the visualization to the pilots's preferences, while a deep integration into SpatialExplorer supports intuitive flightplan management by the sensor operator.

Mission Guidance Benefits

How does Mission Guidance Work?

Plan Faster

Load and review a flight plan in SpatialExplorer prior to flight. Users can organize the approach, check and adjust heights, and configure the interface as desired.

Make Adjustments Instantly

Real-time acquisition management by the sensor operator from within SpatialExplorer during flight: ensuring that all passes are successfully collected within tolerance and according to the plan, rescheduling lines as necessitated by weather or other external factors, and making in-flight decisions confidently.

Improved Acquisition


The trajectory produced using ForeFlight shows more deviation in the flightlines, leading to unnecessary overlap and worse, gaps in data coverage. This is because ForeFlight:
  • requires the pilot to control the camera in-flight
  • uses low-resolution heightmaps
  • displays no lane tolerances around flightlines
  • doesn't provide a look-ahead on terrain-changes


Using MissionGuidance results in a much more accurate flight pattern. No unnecessary overlap, no gaps.
  • uses high-resolution heightmaps
  • ensures all passes are successfully collected within tolerance
  • reschedules flightlines  for weather or other external factors

Resulting Data Accuracy

Resulting Accuracy

  • Manned aerial acquisition using RANGER-LR Lite
  • 200 checkpoints, worst separation 8/100th ft, so <2.5cm
  • LiDARSnap report on left shows interswath precision