Trimble AX80 airborne LIDAR solution from Trimble
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High performance airborne LIDAR and imaging system for aerial survey, ultra-wide area and corridor mapping.

Versatile and fully integrated airborne LIDAR and Imaging Solution

The Trimble® AX80 is the top-of-the-range, high performance, versatile, and fully integrated airborne LIDAR solution from Trimble, designed to meet most aerial survey requirements. It captures very dense point clouds at high resolution using a powerful dual laser system with a pulse repetition rate (PRR) of 800 kHz. The solution also exploits advanced techniques such as simultaneous multi-pulse processing, echo digitization, and waveform analysis.

With its Trimble flight planning and sensor management software, and Trimble Inpho processing software, the AX80 has been designed as an end-to-end solution to deliver unparalleled performance, operational flexibility and efficiency, and in-service reliability. At the same time, however, it offers a low cost-of-ownership for aerial survey companies while long-term lifecycle support is provided by Trimble's global organization.

Key features:

  • Top-of-the range airborne LIDAR solution
  • Versatile solution for aerial survey, remote sensing, ultra-wide area and corridor mapping
  • Fully integrated, end-to-end solution covers pre-flight planning to post-flight processing
  • Powerful dual channel laser with 800 kHz pulse repetition rate gives class-leading ground resolution
  • Maximum operating flight altitude of 4700 m AGL
  • Ultra-wide effective swath width allows efficient data capture and optimized flight profiles
  • Low cost-of-ownership
  • Through proven reliability and high workflow productivity
  • Revolutionary oblique laser scanning capability for vertical surface


The solution offers an extensive range of benefits that will help aerial survey companies deliver a high quality service to customers at the same time as lowering cost and risk. These benefits include:

end-to-end process

Designed from the outset as a seamless solution, the Trimble AX80 is supplied with a comprehensive suite of Trimble software tools to enable operators to rapidly plan missions, capture high quality data, and carry out the detailed analysis required. These tools cover the entire end-to-end process and include flight profile planning, sensor(s) and data recorder configuration, in-flight sensor management, in-flight monitoring, post flight analysis, and information extraction and presentation. The proven workflows offer high productivity to further reduce the cost-of-ownership.

excellent performance

The AX80 integrates two powerful long-range lasers tilted at 28° with respect to each other operating at a total PRR of 800 kHz with a maximum scan frequency of 400 Hz. Beam deflection is achieved through a rotating polygon mirror instead of the more common oscillating mirror, resulting in two sets of parallel scan lines on the ground with uniform point spacing and high accuracy within a 60 degree field-of-view.

Trimble AX80 Overview

With the capability of simultaneously processing up to 10 pulses in the air, the AX80 is ideal for surveying complex terrain.

Trimble AX80 Overview

Operational flexibility

The AX80 offers significant operational flexibility to allow missions to be completed faster, and at lower cost and risk. Survey companies can exploit the performance advantage in a number of ways. For instance, to achieve a given resolution on the ground, flight profiles can be planned more efficiently. This is because the need for track overlap is significantly reduced meaning less time in the air, and missions can be flown at higher altitudes and at economic ground speeds, also enhancing productivity.

System customization

In half of the cases a standard LIDAR and imaging system does not fit your aircraft because of space restrictions, weight restrictions, height clearance restrictions (helicopters), the need for multiple sensors or you have special project requirements. That's why Trimble offers a customization service which is unique in the industry. The advantages of system customization is that it is tailor made, it flies any platform as well, you can have multiple sensors, it fits customer requirements, and it has the same capacities as a standard system.


The Trimble AX80 can be used for the majority of survey projects from ultra wide area mapping at 15,000 feet to low-level corridor mapping, and remote sensing. The solution is designed to capture and process dense point clouds for end-user requirements in the majority of LIDAR application areas. Applications typically include agriculture and forestry management; mining, oil and gas exploration; complex city and urban mapping; power line and pipeline surveys and monitoring; and snowfield and glacier mapping. The airborne sensor suite can be installed on both fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft.

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