RESEPI Velodyne VLP-16 Drone LiDAR Kit Success

RESEPI Velodyne VLP-16 Drone LiDAR Kit

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Velodyne's VLP-16 LiDAR combines a small form factor with mapping grade accuracy.  The Inertial Labs RESEPI IMU has best-in-class performance with a roll & pitch accuracy of 0.006 degrees and heading accuracy of 0.03 degrees.  In addition a 26 MP camera is included for a colorized point cloud.  At 165 feet flight altitude, and a speed of 11 mph, the system accuracy is 4-6 cm.  

This kit includes everything needed to integrate the LiDAR with your DJI M300 or M350 RTK or IF800 Tomcat.  It also includes a 1 year license of PCMaster for LiDAR colorization and geo referencing.  The only requirements on your base station are that it stores a RINEX file.  The Emlid Reach RS2+ is compatible and sold and supported by E38.  A complete base and rover setup is available for storing GCPs.  

RESEPI Velodyne VLP-16 with 26 MP Camera

In the box:
  • RESEPI Velodyne VLP16 with 26MP Mapping Camera, 16mm Lens, and Single Antenna NovAtel GNSS Receiver
  • Full accessory set for integration with the M350/M300 RTK or IF800 Tomcat, vibration Isolator Kit and payload antenna
  • Protective Hard Case
  • 1 Year License of PCMaster 


PCMaster is the LiDAR point cloud generation software for Inertial Labs’ breakthrough LiDAR Remote Sensing Payload Instrument, RESEPI.

PCMaster, powered by Waypoint® Inertial Explorer from Hexagon | NovAtel®, features a simple and quick workflow where the user only needs to input a base station RTCM file. From there, PCMaster automatically corrects the antenna lever arm offset, combines and processes the forward and reverse trajectory, and produces a post-processed trajectory. After one more click, the LAS file can be made.

In addition to a simple workflow, PCMaster has a few built-in features for point cloud analysis. Users can filter data by selecting portions of the trajectory they want. This is especially helpful for mapping users that want to limit data overlap for thin bare earth models. Additionally, data accuracy can be analyzed with PCMaster’s built-in cloud slicing and measurement features for simple and precise spot-checking procedures. 

RESEPI Overview 

RESEPI (Remote Sensing Payload Instrument) is a sensor-fusion platform designed for accuracy-focused remote sensing applications. RESEPI utilizes a high-performance Inertial Labs INS (GPS-Aided Inertial Navigation System) with a tactical-grade IMU and a high-accuracy dual-antenna GNSS receiver, integrated with a Linux-based processing core and datalogging software. The platform also provides a WiFi interface, optional imaging module and external cellular modem for RTCM corrections. RESEPI can be operated by a single hardware button or from a wirelessly connected device via a simple web interface.

Velodyne VLP-16

Velodyne sensors support a dual return mode that enables lidar applications to more accurately capture the details of complex environments, such as forests, infrastructure and buildings, which contain scattered small objects and non-opaque surfaces. A significant advantage over single returns alone, providing the user with multiple returns greatly increases the number of useable points available to map or navigate any setting. This feature enables Velodyne’s sensors to deliver the precise 3D image data needed for insights to advance efficiency, safety, sustainability and more.


The VLP-16 is a small, compact lidar that is optimized for usage across a variety of applications, including automotive, mapping, robotics, security, smart cities and more.