Emesent Hovermap LiDAR ST/ST-X

EmesentSKU: emesent.hovermap-1

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Autonomous & versatile, the slam-based mapper making data capture fast & simple


Hovermap is a LiDAR mapping drone payload that can be mounted to a drone. The payload is lightweight and small, but more than strong  enough for industrial environments. Hovermap's unique design allows it to be used vehicle-mounted, backpack-mounted, or even handheld for walking. Hovermap features a quick-release mechanism that makes switching between drone flights to walking scenarios easy. 


Collision avoidance

Hovermap acts as a virtual safety bubble around the drone to prevent collisions. LiDAR data is processed onboard in real-time to produce a local 3D map of the surroundings. Obstacles such as telecom towers, fences, trees, poles, wires and people can all be detected and avoided.


GPS-denied flight

Drones usually rely on GPS for localization, navigation and flight control. Hovermap uses LiDAR data and advanced algorithms onboard in real-time to provide reliable and accurate localization and navigation without the need for GPS. This allows drones to fly autonomously in GPS-denied environments, enabling a host of new applications such as flying and mapping in underground mines, inside warehouses or inspecting underneath bridges.


SLAM based 3D mapping

Hovermap uses Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) algorithms enabling mobile mapping and autonomous drone flight even when GPS is unavailable. Using Emesent’s proprietary calibration and drone autonomy algorithms, it is built on CSIRO’s Wildcat SLAM Solution.



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Level 0
Mapping Mode

Level 1
Pilot Assist Mode

Level 2
Autonomous Waypoints

  • Provides SLAM-based mobile mapping
  • Carry Hovermap or mount it to a drone or vehicle
  • Use with our backpack, cage or vehicle mount accessories
  • LiDAR-based omnidirectional collision avoidance
  • GPS-denied position hold and velocity control
  • Enables safe line-of-sight flight indoors, underground or close to structures
  • Includes all AL0 features
  • Enables beyond line-of-sight autonomous flight in GPS-denied environments
  • Live 3D map streamed to tablet
  • Tap-to-Fly: set smart waypoints using the live map
  • Includes all AL1 features


Key Features

  • Rapid Scanning
  • Collision Avoidance
  • GPS-Denied Flight
  • Slam-based 3D Mapping



LiDAR range Up to 100
LiDAR accuracy +/- 3cm
Global SLAM accuracy +/1 0.1% typical
Angular field of view

360° x 360°

Data acquisition speed

300,000 points/sec

 File size


Flight speed

Up to 5m/s (scene dependent)

Laser safety class

Class 1 eye safe


Max. 90 W

Input voltage

12 – 50 V (e.g. 4s LiPo)

Weight 1.8 kg


Autonomy Specifications

Flight Modes

Manual Pilot Assist

Autopilot Compatibility


Collision Avoidance field of view

360° x 360°

GPS-denied flight



Commercial Financing Available

 5.99% AOC Up to 100% financing
36 month term Approved within 48 hours
No hidden fees Cost treated as opex

In Partnership with Mitsubishi HC Capital Canada

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