Existing lab equipment has been assembled to form an Airborne LIDAR system. A CodaOctopus F180 dual channel, dual antennae GPS/Inertial Navigation System (INS) is fixed to a RIEGL Q-240i scanning LIDAR. For most flights, there is also a 3CCD RGB camera included in the setup, triggered at 10 Hz. The LIDAR and camera are both synchronized to the one pulse per second output provided by the GPS.
12 research flights in a Piper Twin Comanche have provided data of the Southern California coastline and near shore ocean environment. Two of the flights also documented the results of the October 2007 Mt. Soledad landslide. Eight research flights aboard a Cessna Caravan surveyed the island, lagoon, reef, and surrounding seas of Lady Elliot Island (LEI), in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. For the LEI flights, an additional black and white camera was added, imaging at 10 Hz.