Airborne Remote Sensing at UNSW

The Remote Sensing Facility is run by the School of Aviation at the University of New South Wales, Australia. This Facility is a component of the Network Laboratory capability of UNSW Research Infrastructure



We own and operate a Piper Seminole aircraft, modified for LiDAR, Hyperspectral camera and position and attitude sensors. The facility operates out of Bankstown Airport Sydney.

The Piper Seminole is a 4 seat, twin engine aircraft with a cruise speed of around 250 km/h and a range of 1200km.



Riegl VQ480i, airborne scanning laser

  • Multi-return, scan rate 50 - 550KHz, effective max range approximately 700m with 60 degree field of view
airborne scanning laser

Brandywine CHAI 2048 Hyperspectral Camera

  • 256 spectral bands from 380 to 1020nm (visual and near infra-red), 2048 across-track pixels with 40 degree field of view
hyperspectral Camera

GPS: Novatel OEMV precision dual-frequency carrier-phase receiver
IMU: Novatel SPAN HG1700/H62 tactical grade inertial sensor

Novatel Waypoint GPS/IMU post-process software Riegl RiProcess software

Airborne Lidar Images of Caves Beach

Airborne Lidar Images of Caves Beach (5th July 2016) and Catherine Hill Bay Beach (7th June) on the NSW central coast. These images are colour contoured, with a full scale range of 35m, from sea level (dark blue) to 34m height above sea level (red).

Technical details of the LiDAR Facility are available here.


Conference Papers