200 meters in the bright African sun

LightWare is delighted to launch our new long range microLiDAR™. The SF30/D is ideal for altitude management above 400 feet. Each SF30/D is range tested in the bright African sun to ensure super performance in the hands of our customers.

The SF30/D laser measurement sensor provides real time, accurate altitude (AGL) measurements for UAVs. The lightweight 36 gram design features a time-of-flight range up to 200 meters (656 feet), and an update rate up to 20K readings per second. Typical applications: The SF30/D is ArduPilot compatible, and laser Class 1M eye safe.

Now in stock: LightWare SF30/D


Do you provide one that is tested with the “bright Scandinavian sun, and snow”?
I mean, our sun might be brighter, especially with all the snow beneath. :slight_smile:
I would like to have/do a clear comparator to the good old 20/C


Hi Andre,

This is a very good question. Unfortunately we do not have the bright Scandinavian sun and snow here in sunny South Africa :see_no_evil:, however, I can say we have tested the device quite vigorously. when it is calibrated it is done against a variety of targets, one of which is a highly reflective surface. The SF30/D has better optics and a higher power laser, but it is also built on a similar backbone as the 20C. I would be interested to see how it works in your application. :grinning:

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How will its performance over water compare with the SF11-C’s?

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Hi Don,

We are in the process of getting data back from over water tests to develop some algorithms for over water applications. We believe that once we have sufficient data that the unit will have more stability than the SF11/C over water.


Thank you, Mohit. We have SF11s on about 30 aircraft, most of which are flown over water. With tweaks, they’re pretty reliable over water at lower altitudes, but we would welcome being able to use them at longer distances and, of course, with fewer tweaks.

Hi Don,

A member from our team has contacted you. looking forward to hearing from you.