Landing Zone Assessment Proof of Concept

A Lidar-based Landing Zone Assessment (LZA) prototype has been integrated onboard a small drone to perform flight demonstrations.

UAV over test area

The prototype demonstrated the capability to scan the terrain at the desired resolution with an affordable commercial Lidar, the capability to ground-reference the Lidar measurements relying on the drone navigation and finally the possibility to identify surface hazards and recommend a safe site in real time.

The system was tested with various roughness and slope hazards positioned over a reference landing area. Tests demonstrated that the system was able to reconstruct and accurately locate the hazards positioned on the surface. The reconstructed topography was used to assess in real-time surface slope and roughness and recommend a safe landing site.

Reconstructed topography with hazard location overlay

Safety assessment with landing site recommendation (red star)


When you work with us, you’ll find we are very flexible when it comes to finding ways to integrate our technology into your project. We also provide in-depth training and the support of one of the most experienced Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) systems teams in the world.