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YellowScan Explorer

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YellowScan Explorer UAV Lidar Solution

Long-range & multi-platform LiDAR solution.

YellowScan's objective with Explorer, like all of their hardware platforms, is to offer the market a solution that strikes the right balance between size, range, accuracy and weight. Designed to be mounted on fixed-wing UAV, multirotor UAV and manned aircraft (light plane and helicopter). The Explorer can enable a large variety of mission profiles.

Combined with 1-year unlimited technical support and training, our users will be ready to take full advantage of Explorer’s functionality and successfully complete their surveying projects.

The Explorer is the fruit of several years of research and learning that YellowScan has gathered working with our customers and partners around the world.


The new YellowScan Explorer can be mounted on a light manned aircraft or switched to different types of UAV platforms.

AGL Altitude


System Precision


System Accuracy


Battery Weight excl.


Key differentiators

  • Longest range
  • Compact & lightweight
  • Multi-platform

Technologies inside

  • Co-developped Laser Scanner
  • Applanix APX-20 IMU


  • Manned aircraft
  • Multirotor UAV
  • Fixed-wing UAV

Explorer @500 kHz PRF

  • Platform: Multirotor UAV
  • AGL altitude: 100 m
  • Speed: 10 m/s

Explorer @500 kHz PRF

    • • Platform: VTOL
      • AGL altitude: 120 m
      • Speed: 15 m/s

Explorer @400 kHz PRF

  • Platform: Ultralight Manned Aircraft
  • AGL altitude: 200 m
  • Speed: 35 m/s

The Human-Machine Interface was thought out to be simple and efficient

With LEDs that indicate the LiDAR system’s status and its single button operation. As usual, we followed the “Just Press the Yellow Button” philosophy.

Data storage is not an issue.

You don’t need to connect to your LiDAR system to gather data. Just remove the USB stick from the system and go to your computer. As you receive two USBs, this helps you land and take-off again straight away thanks to the second USB stick.

Survey productivity matters to us! With one USB stick you can store LiDAR data from a 6 hour-survey.


No overheating LiDAR system!

We have optimized the temperature management with four suction grids (air flow management) combined with an innovative heat management inside for a better aeration of the system. You can operate the Explorer between -20°C/-4°F and +40°C/104°F.

You‘ve got the power!

A set of 2 worldwide certified batteries is shipped with the YellowScan Explorer.
They are high-performance batteries that can easily be swapped in the field for increased productivity.


General Characteristics

Precision (1)


Accuracy (2)


Echoes per shot

Up to 5

Laser wavelength



Up to 600m

GNSS-Inertial solution

Applanix APX-20UAV

Scanner field of view


Shots per second

Up to 500k

Scanning frenquency

165 Hz

Weight batt. incl.

2.6kg (5.7lbs)

Weight batt. excl.

2.3kg (5.1lbs)


L32.8cm x W12.2cm x H15.6cm


1.3 hours typ.

Power consumption


Operating temperature

-20 to +40°C

(1) Precision is considered as the mean value of absolute elevation differences between 2 flight lines recorded in opposite directions over a nadir-located 40 m² hard surface area. Here, precision was obtained by averaging the result from 3 flight levels @60, 90 and 120 m AGL.

(2) Accuracy is considered as the RMSE value of the elevation differences between targets and lidar points extracted from 2 flight lines recorded in opposite directions. Here, accuracy was obtained by averaging the accuracy from 3 flight levels @ 60, 90 and 120 m AGL. Targets are located within a 40 m wide corridor centered along the flight line axis.


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