Leica Chiroptera-5 Bathymetric & Topographic LiDAR

Superior point density and depth penetration for coastal and inland water surveys

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Our world is changing rapidly. This is particularly true for rivers and coastal areas that are constantly reshaped by water. Airborne bathymetric survey plays a significant role in monitoring these changes and protecting the people and landscapes they affect. Highly efficient and innovative LiDAR sensors capture terrain data of coastal and inland waters to enable risk mitigation and more informed decision-making.

Leica Chiroptera-5, the high-performance airborne sensor, combines topographic and bathymetric LiDAR channels with a 4-band camera to deliver seamless data from water to land. The system provides 40% higher point density, a 20% increase in water depth penetration and improved topographic sensitivity compared to previous generations. The sensor delivers detailed LiDAR data of submerged terrain and objects and supports numerous applications such as nautical charting, erosion risk assessment, environmental monitoring and seabed classification.

Efficient Workflow


Near real-time data processing enables coverage analysis immediately after landing, allowing operators to QC the data quickly before demobilising the system. The Leica LiDAR Survey Studio (LSS) processing suite provides full waveform analysis and offers automatic calibration, refraction correction and data classification.

Evolving Applications


Combining superior resolution, depth penetration and topographic sensitivity, Chiroptera-5 provides best-in class productivity for various environmental applications such as shoreline erosion monitoring, flood simulation, prevention and benthic habitat classification, habitat mapping and archeological discovery.

Increased Productivity


Chiroptera-5 superior sensor performance allows customer to collect more data during every survey flight and to capture larger areas of submerged terrain and objects with greater detail. The sensor is designed to fit a stabilising mount, enabling more efficient area coverage with decreased operational costs.

Operational Flexibility


Bundled with FAA/EASA certified helicopter pod, Chiroptera-5 enables advanced terrain-following flying paths for efficient river mapping and complex coastal surveys​. Owners of previous generation system are offered an easy upgrade to add capabilities to their existing sensor.

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Webinar

Watch this webinar to learn about the benefits of the new Leica Chiroptera-5.
Watch this webinar to learn about the benefits of the new Leica Chiroptera-5.

Contact us

Get in touch with Leica Geosystems' sales and support team for airborne bathymetric sensors.
Get in touch with Leica Geosystems' sales and support team for airborne bathymetric sensors.