Quantum-Systems introduces geomatics grade, high-speed scanning LiDAR payload

Quantum-Systems introduces geomatics grade, high-speed scanning LiDAR payload

The Qube 240 payload is a geomatics grade LiDAR scanner for the Trinity F90+ UAV and it endures up to 60 minutes of flight time with this combination.

Gilching, Germany, February 22nd, 2021 Light Ranging and Detection (LiDAR) sensors, partly traded as the key technology of the future for autonomous driving are also the first choice for highly productive survey tasks.

Until recently, LiDAR payloads were hardly affordable for SMEs due to their high cost. This is exactly where Quantum-Systems and YellowScan come in and offer a geomatics grade LiDAR scanner integrated into the payload compartment of the Trinity F90+ drone including software package without having to compromise on data quality.

Qube 240 LiDAR
Qube 240 LiDAR side view with LEDs 02

A small and powerful LiDAR sensor for the Trinity F90+ UAS

The Qube 240 LiDAR sensor inherits the YellowScan Ultra Surveyor LiDAR scanner. This was the first integration into our Tron UAS platform in 2017. Advances in miniaturization and performance improvements across the board now increased range and accuracy with a significantly smaller form factor. This is impressively reflected in the cost reduction of over 50% for the overall system.

Qube 240 LiDAR

​A geomatics grade LiDAR solution from a single source

The Qube 240 LiDAR provides essential information for surveying and mapping by generating an accurate 3D image of the process environment through 240.000 distance measurements per second.
Oustanding absolute accuracy is achieved with the help of the integrated Applanix APX15 INS. One can speak of a geodetic accuracy that was previously only achievable with LiDAR Systems of the upper price segment. The easy handling and user-friendly integration will convince customers. Fast and easy processing of the raw data is an additional benefit.

The solution comes with YellowScan CloudStation software which is enclosed in an adapted variant with a 1-year subscription license.

Ideal applications for the usage on board UAVs are in the following application scenarios:

  • Power Line Surveying and Mapping
  • Forestry & Agricultural Surveying and Mapping
  • Mobile Surveying and Mapping

“The Qube 240 convinces professionals with 240,000 shots per second, for which up to three reflections are measured. The result impresses on the one hand with an extremely high point density with 50-100 points per square meter, and on the other hand with very good penetration of the vegetation. This way, the creation of digital terrain models under forest is also possible without any problems.

All in all, I do not know of any comparable solution worldwide, considering the weight, the performance, and the accuracy. We are especially pleased to be able to offer our customers a novelty for our Trinity F90+ UAS.”

Florian Seibel

CEO, Quantum-Systems GmbH

Features and availability of the Qube 240 LiDAR

The development and technical integration began in the second half of 2020 based on the cooperation with YellowScan. Which was already in years of existence. We achieved our goal to develop a geomatics-grade LiDAR sensor for our Trinity F90+ drone!

A payload with unique key data:

  • Geomatics Grade LiDAR
  • Class 1 (Eye Safe)
  • Wavelength: 905 nm
  • Maximum altitude: 140m AGL
  • Precision: 1.8-2.5 cm
  • Accuracy: < 3 cm
  • Scanner field of view: 70°
  • 240,000 shots per second
  • Point density @100m: 50-100 points/m²
  • Multi-echo technology: up to 3 echoes per shot
  • Applanix POSPacTM UAV, GNSS, and INS software for PPK
  • Qube 240 data processing software to generate survey-grade LAS Files.
Qube 240 LiDAR

“Impressive is the point density, even under vegetation and the low noise of the data. The sample data we collected so far also contains several GCPs some of which were covered with snow or are on loose ground and were measured two years ago. Nevertheless, one can see the extremely high accuracy of the system.

The balanced representation of the intensity values of the point cloud is also striking. These values are in any case better than the intensity values of comparable or even more expensive systems, like Velodyne PUK32 systems.”

Martin Herkommer

Senior Sales Manager, Quantum-Systems GmbH

About Quantum-Systems

Quantum-Systems GmbH, founded in Munich in 2015, specializes in the development, design, and production of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS).

Our sUAS combine eVTOL (electrical vertical take-off and landing) capabilities with long-range utilizing electrical and aerodynamic efficiency. We continuously integrate high precision sensors into our systems for increased aerial data intelligence. Using these methods, we are transforming decision-making processes for the professional user in both the commercial and governmental sectors.

Claudia Steinhoff
Marketing Manager at Quantum-Systems
+49 8105 24150 64


About YellowScan

At YellowScan we design, develop, and build our UAV LiDAR solutions to exceed the expectations of professionals that require performance, robustness, and accuracy. Our complete hardware and software solutions are easy to use data collection tools coming with an unparalleled level of training and support from our experts.

Founded in 2012, YellowScan has customers around the world, and are used in surveying, forestry, environmental research, archaeology, industrial inspection, civil engineering, and mining sectors. Based in the South of France, we have sales and support offices around the globe.

Morgane Selve
Communication Manager at YellowScan
+33 4 11 93 14 23

Drones with 5G technology – The “FreeRail” project consortium successfully completes first test series together with Ericsson.

Drones with 5G technology – The “FreeRail” project consortium successfully completes first test series together with Ericsson.

Why does it make sense to implement 5G mobile communications in drones? Professional mapping drones are equipped with cameras that create high-resolution aerial images. The collected data is used to serve various industries and diverse use cases. The amount of data is constantly increasing and needs to be transferred to a server or data cloud for analysis. For specific cases or on request by the users, data from the flying drone must be transmitted in real-time to a ground control station.

This is the case when inspecting and monitoring infrastructure or when assessing a live situation during rescue operations. In the future, 5G technology is a possible solution approach to ensure more transmission capacity in the network and higher transmission speeds on a sustainable basis. At full network coverage, 5G mobile communication offers the possibility of controlling the drone with almost unlimited range and sending the captured data to the control centers in real-time.

For DB Fahrwegdienste GmbH in particular, this is an essential requirement when it comes to inspecting DB AG’s approximately 34,000-kilometer route network from the air using drones and validating the data in near time. The “FreeRail” project, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), is concerned with automating precisely this use case. Quantum-Systems GmbH, DB Fahrwegdienste GmbH, Ingolstadt University of Applied Sciences (THI), the city of Ingolstadt, and geo-konzept GmbH are partners in the “FreeRail” project consortium. In October 2020 together with Ericsson, project partner of the “5G-ConnectedMobility” consortium, Quantum-Systems successfully completed a first test series for the implementation of 5G technology in the Trinity F90+ drones.

Scientists from Ingolstadt University of Technology and experts from Ericsson played a leading role in the technical implementation of this 5G test mission.

In a wide-ranging test series, a test system with a cellular modem and camera was installed in a Trinity F90+ drone. Tests were then carried out in the test field provided by Ericsson for the “5G-Connected Mobility” project near Nuremberg. The testbed provides a 5G network infrastructure with numerous new 5G techniques such as edge computing as well as a real application environment. During the flight tests various data transmission metrics were measured at various altitudes up to 100 meters, such as signal quality, data throughput, and transmission delay. Further tests used the 5G technology Network Slicing available in the test field. Long-range, real-life tests also tried out handoffs between multiple mobile cells during 45-minute flights.

“The results of the tests have shown that reliable connectivity to the drone can be ensured via 5G and that the capacity is sufficient for the applications tested.”
Pierre Ulfig

Quantum-Systems GmbH

The advantages of the new 5G mobile standard are obvious: with data transmission rates of several Gbits/s and latency of well below 5ms, it is possible to transmit data in near real-time. This makes 5G technology considerably more powerful than the LTE mobile communications standard used to date.
“The great potential for transmitting payload data as well as the numerous 5G techniques such as edge computing and network slicing can be used advantageously for drone applications.”
Prof. Andreas Festag

Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt

QBase 3D Release 2.3.22

QBase 3D Release 2.3.22

New QBase 3D Version 2.3.22 now available for all pilots!

Close to the end of the year we are very happy to release a new version of our mission planning software.
At this point, as always, a big thank you to all users of our software for your feedback and suggestions. Without your input our work would not be possible! ​

New Features

  • New maps available, imagery with labels and open street map
  • Added new UMC-TeAx payload
  • Added coming home estimation on battery low

imagery with labels and open street map


  • Expanded warning dialog on upload mission with critical warnings to include
  • Descriptive messages are now displayed replacing PPK error codes
  • Centralized leg planning modes
  • Improved display of return for time, battery or waypoint limit reasons
  • Implemented adding of multiple local reference files at once
  • Improved highlighting of the current flight leg
  • If more than one camera is selected, the GSD plot will show the GSD behavior for both cameras

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed update of current values in ADS-B settings view
  • Fixed elevation data download on slow or shaky internet connections
  • Fixed wrong remaining mission after resume mission
  • Fixed display of Unknown transponder mode
  • Create CSV tagging file without payload
  • Forced aircraft to turn as in QBase simulation on Aligned Direction waypoints
  • Fixed triggers outside the target area
  • Fixed wrong SOC and flight times sent to the autopilot
  • Fixed calculation of angles for Pix4D exporter
  • Fixed time offset in propeller aero export
  • Updated elevation data status icons
  • Fixed timer in multispectral camera calibration dialog and added voice countdown
  • Fixed simulation issue with strong crosswinds
  • Prevented double display of coming home path
Use Case – Counting Over 4,000 Pelican Nests in 30 Minutes on Queen Bess Island, Louisiana, USA

Use Case – Counting Over 4,000 Pelican Nests in 30 Minutes on Queen Bess Island, Louisiana, USA

As a supplier of professional drones, we are particularly pleased when we get insights into the work of our customers. Therefore, we would like to take this opportunity to present a project of the UL Ecosystems Lab at the University of Louisiana.

The goal of the project was to automate the process of counting pelican nests on Queen Bess Island, Louisiana, USA.

The Trinity F90+ drone was used to map the island off of coastal Louisiana that is critically important for brown pelicans, and other seabird, nesting. Traditional surveys at the islands are done on foot and with airplanes, but the Nelson Ecosystem Lab at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette wanted to apply new count methods and automate the counting process. The Trinity platform allows the researchers to access these remote islands and count the pelican nests while avoiding disturbing these delicate habitats.

Quantum-Systems donates 10000€ for the pediatric surgery departement of the Klinikum Ingolstadt

Quantum-Systems donates 10000€ for the pediatric surgery departement of the Klinikum Ingolstadt

Quantum-System donates 10,000 Euro to the pediatric surgery department of Klinikum Ingolstadt – delivered in proper style by a Trinity F90+ in reindeer look.

CEO Florian Seibel is delighted that after a very successful year with a tripling of revenue he can now give something back for a good cause and handed over the check to Micha Bahr, Director Department of Pediatric Surgery.

The money will be used to equip the playroom in a Corona-compatible way and to re-equip the waiting areaso that the children’s stay in hospital is made more pleasant. Quantum-Systems, Ingolstadt Hospital and Pfaffenhofen Hospital are working together on the MEDinTime project, which involves the rapid delivery of emergency drugs by drone between the two hospitals.

The MEDinTime project is part of the Urban-Air-Mobility (#UAM) initiative, which was started in Ingolstadt and has since become internationally established. Also, thanks to Reinhard Brandl (CSU), Member of the Bundestag, who is active and constantly supporting the initiative. By the way, half of the money comes from fees that employees pay for the use of the company’s car park. Quantum-Systems has rounded up the amount.

#medintime #UAM #urbanairmobility

Long-range drones to deliver emergency medication to hospitals – Project MEDinTime

Long-range drones to deliver emergency medication to hospitals – Project MEDinTime

The “MEDinTime” project supported by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure is testing the viability of the supply using unmanned aircraft systems in the Ingolstadt region. 

The “MEDinTime” project is being funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure with a total of 1.07m € starting October 28th, 2020, as part of the call for proposals “Unmanned aviation applications and individual air mobility solutions”. 

The project consortium consists of experts from Ingolstadt Hospital, Ingolstadt University of Applied Sciences, the district of Pfaffenhofen a. d. Ilm and the Bavarian Red Cross regional office under the project management of the network coordinator Quantum-Systems GmbH.

Drones could bridge mobility bottlenecks 

The joint project “MEDinTime” concerns itself with an innovative mobility solution for a growing problem with the supply of medication to hospitals. 

Clinics must stock a large selection of drugs around the clock for patient care. In addition, the rapid provision of special emergency medications must be ensured in the shortest possible time. This is usually guaranteed by appropriately equipped hospital pharmacies. Due to the distance to the nearest pharmacy and the associated transport time, even hospitals of the primary care level (I. level of care) have to keep a large stock of medication in order to be able to guarantee the supply at any time. After their expiration date, the products must be discarded. This circumstance is a considerable cost factor, not only for the hospital operator, but for the entire health care system.  

In the context of the “MEDinTime” project, a demonstrator for the reliable and safe supply of regional hospitals with drugs by means of automatically operated drones is therefore to be developed by December 2022 and investigated during a longer test phase. For this purpose, a test track will be set up between the hospitals of Ingolstadt and Pfaffenhofen. In addition, the system should provide real-time data on the availability of drugs to be transported. 

Drones as a logistical link in the supply of medication 

Vertically launching (VTOL) long-range drones from Quantum-Systems GmbH will serve as a basis. Unlike simple copter drones, these aircrafts can cover long distances (up to 100 km) quicklysafely and at low noise levels. Within the scope of the project, the drones will be equipped with a removable, intelligent transport box in accordance with the legal requirements for the transport of medication. 

Furthermore, the project will lay the foundations for further areas of application, such as the transport of medicines to disaster areas. The fast transport of samples by air from a test center to the laboratories is also conceivable in the medium term.

About Quantum-Systems GmbH

Quantum-Systems GmbH, founded in Munich in 2015, specializes in the development, design, and production of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) for a wide range of commercial and governmental applications. The more than 75 employees (growing) work intensively on combining eVTOL (electrical vertical take-off and landing) capabilities with long range utilizing electrical and aerodynamic efficiency.

Claudia Steinhoff
+49 8105 24150 64


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