All-in-one solution for Geo Survey and Mapping
Diamond Aircraft, known for the most efficient aircraft in the industry and state-of-the-art remote sensing solutions, puts another Diamond in the sky. For the first time, the new DA42 GEOSTAR enables collecting laser-scanning and photo-grammetry data during one single flight. The GEOSTAR is particularly suited for surveying cities, land areas, critical infrastructure (such as pipelines), glaciers or snow fields, but also for mapping damages caused through natural disasters.
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"Diamonds DA42 MPP is a highly innovative and efficient twin engine plane which makes the perfect carrier for our advanced LiDAR sensors to offer a turnkey, cutting-edge airborne LiDAR solution for the surveying market. RIEGL has been working closely with Diamond for many years and is proud to operate its own Diamond DA42 MPP as an excellent choice for system integration, testing, and customer demonstrations."
Dr. Johannes Riegl, CEO RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems, Austria
Most economic remote sensing platform
The systems are integrated on the DA42 MPP, the most economic remote sensing platform worldwide, with sufficient resources for fuel and flight crew. Hence the GEOSTAR is able to complete incredible 10-hour survey flights with a range of up to 1,042 NM, equivalent to the flight route Vienna – Alicante. At an altitude of 10,000 feet it can even collect data from areas of unbelievable 3,400 km², the size of the Spanish isle Majorca, during one single flight only.
Collect laser-scanning and photogrammetry data at once
For the first time, the new DA42 GEOSTAR enables collecting laser-scanning and photogrammetry data during one single flight.
A photogrammetric camera, installed in a special pod on the aircraft’s nose, delivers accurate representations of the Earth's surface, called ortho-photos (aerial photos). A laser-scanner captures the terrain topography by firing a laser and measuring the time it takes for the laser to be reflected back from a point. The result of the collected measurements is a digital terrain model in the form of a point cloud. The scanner is mounted on the belly of the aircraft in a specifically designed pod. By merging the ortho-photo with the point cloud you get a precise, realistic 3D model of the object.
The special mission aircraft consists of state-of-the-art technology from renowned companies:
- Long-range airborne laser-scanner “LMS-Q780” from RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems
- High-format photogrammetric camera “Ultracam LP” from Microsoft/VEXCEL Imaging
- Gyro stabilization mount “SSM 350 L” von SOMAG for drastic movement reduction of the camera
- Flight management systems “CCNS 5 / AEROCONTROL 2” from IGI Systems for guidance, positioning and sensor management
- DA42 MPP Geostar Broschure (2.89 MB)
- Special_Mission_Aircraft_Brochure_SCREEN.pdf (3.88 MB)
- Special_Mission_Aircraft_Factsheet_201503.pdf (461 KB)
- Radiation_and_Magnetic_Monitoring_201606_SCREEN.pdf (0.92 MB)
For more information on the DA42 Geostar sensor and camera integration please visit Diamond Airborne Sensing's webpage.
Dimensions / mass / loading
|Length *)||8.99 m||29 ft 5 in|
|Height *)||2.49 m||8 ft 2 in|
|Wing span||13.42 m||44 ft|
|Crew||1 pilot, 1 operator||1 pilot, 1 operator|
|Empty mass *)||1,596 kg||3,519 lbs|
|MTOM||1,999 kg||4,407 lbs|
|Payload for crew and fuel||403 kg||888 lbs|
|Fuel tank capacity||289 lt||76.4 US gal|
|Min. Operation Speed||132 km / h||71 KIAS|
|Max. Cruise Speed (16,000 ft)||317 km / h||171 KTAS|
|Certified Service Ceiling||5,474 m||18,000 ft|
*) Specifications can differ depending on the specific sensor equipment.
Specifications apply to standard equipped aircraft, if not otherwise stated. The above data are approximately specifications and may change without notice.
Conditions: Maximum Take Off Mass, ISA, No fuel reserve.
Click on your preferred location on the map to see the range with auxiliary tank. Distance and time indicated are for guidance only and should not be used for flight planning purposes. Air traffic congestion, wind and other factors are not taken into consideration. Specifications apply to standard equipped aircraft and can change without notice.