LightWare

About LightWare

With over 40 years’ experience in the manufacture of Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) sensors, LightWare is at the forefront of laser rangefinder technology. Through a mission to provide machines with accurate range and perception capability, LightWare design and manufacture high quality LiDAR™ sensors in small and a lightweight format.
Home of the microLiDAR™ sensor
Through an expert team of engineers, LightWare manufactures the world’s smallest, lightest, scanning microLiDAR™ sensors for use in autonomous navigation, collision-avoidance, and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. LightWare also partners to offer exceptional service and expert after-sales support to ensure you get the best from your microLiDAR™ product.

Product description

LW20/C

The LW20/C is an IP-rated, small form factor microLiDAR™ sensor ideal for distance and height measurement. Suitable for use on drones, other UAVs, UGVs, and IoT applications, the LW20/C is dust and water (rain) resistant. The LW20/C microLiDAR™ is the answer where weight, size and power consumption are critical to your project design.

Key features of LW20/C

Weight
20 grams / 0.71 oz (excl. cables)
Size
30 x 20 x 43 mm
Range
100 meters
Beam type
Single, stationary beam
Update rate
48 to 388 readings per second
IP rating
Yes. This microLiDAR™ is housed in an IP67 enclosure
Integrates with
Ardupilot, PX4, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and LightWare Studio
Special features
Serial UART and I2C outputs
Suitability
UAV | UGV | IoT
Applications
Altitude | Height above ground | Position hold | Terrain following | Detect and avoid | SLAM | Collision avoidance

SF20/C

Suitable for integration with any type of UAV, UGV or robot, the SF20/C is a robust microLiDAR™ sensor and a workhorse of the LightWare range. It is a small form factor microLiDAR™ sensor, weighing only 10 grams. The SF20/C has fast, high accuracy capabilities of up to 100 meters and works especially well in most light conditions, including fog and direct sunlight. This sturdy microLiDAR™ also features a configurable update rate of up to 388 readings per second, making it the essential choice where fast and accurate distance measurement is required.

Key features of SF20/C

Weight
10 grams / 0.35 oz (excl. cables)
Size
30 x 20 x 32 mm
Range
100 meters
Beam type
Single, stationary beam
Update rate
48 to 388 readings per second
Integrates with
Ardupilot, PX4, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and LightWare Studio
Special features
Micro USB, Serial UART and I2C outputs
Suitability
UAV | UGV | IoT
Applications
Altitude | Height above ground | Position hold | Terrain following | Detect and avoid | SLAM | Collision avoidance

SF11/C

Designed specifically for use on drones and other UAVs (multicopters or fixed wings), the SF11/C is a long-range and lightweight laser altimeter. It has a 100-meter range and an update rate of 20 readings per second, providing accurate and fast altitude AGL measuring capability. The SF11/C is the ideal choice for automated landings, precision hovering, and terrain following

Key features of SF11/C

Weight
35 grams / 1.24 oz
Size
30 x 56.5 x 50 mm
Range
100 meters
Beam type
Single, stationary beam
Update rate
20 readings per second
Integrates with
Ardupilot, PX4, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and LightWare Studio
Special features
Micro USB, Serial UART, I2C and Analog outputs
Suitability
UAV | UGV | IoT
Applications
Altitude | Height above ground | Position hold | Terrain following

SF30/D

With an update rate of up to 20 000 readings per second, the SF30/D is a fast and accurate microLiDAR™ sensor specifically designed for distance measurements. It has a range of 200 meters that provides real time, accurate altitude or AGL measurements for UAVs. The SF30/D is also ideal for UGVs and IoT applications.
Key features of SF30/D
Weight
35 grams / 1.24 oz
Size
30 x 56.5 x 50 mm
Range
200 meters
Beam type
Single, stationary beam
Update rate
39 to 20 000 readings per second
Integrates with
Ardupilot, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and LightWare Studio
Special features
Micro USB, Serial UART, I2C and analog outputs
Suitability
UAV | UGV | IoT
Applications
Altitude | Height above ground | Position hold | Terrain following | Detect and avoid | Collision avoidance

SF000/B

The SF000/B is the world’s smallest and lightest microLiDAR™ sensor! Weighing just 8.8 grams and measuring smaller than a pencil sharpener, the SF000/B microLiDAR™ sensor has a range of 50 meters. It delivers up to 388 readings per second to provide superfast and precise measurements of speed and distance. Through multiple return signals, the SF000 microLiDAR™ works effectively in rain, dust, and treetops up to 50 meters. Being ‘a dynamite in a small package’ and outperforming many larger LiDAR models, the SF000/B has become a firm industry favorite!

Key features of SF000/B

Weight
8.8 grams / 0.31 oz
Size
22 x 34 x 21 mm
Range
50 meters
Beam type
Single, stationary beam
Update rate
48 to 388 readings per second
Integrates with
Ardupilot, PX4, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and LightWare Studio
Special features
Serial UART and I2C outputs
Suitability
UAV | UGV | IoT
Applications
Altitude | Height above ground | Position hold | Terrain following | Detect and avoid | Collision avoidance

SF45/B

Weighing only 59 grams and measuring roughly the size of a golf ball, the SF45/B is a small, lightweight scanning microLiDAR™ sensor. The SF45/B is ideal for collision avoidance, navigation, detect and avoid, height above ground altitude, obstacle detection, as well as terrain-following by a wide range of unmanned vehicles (UVs). The SF45/B has a horizontal field of view that is adjustable to 320°. This microLiDAR™ sensor has an update range of 50 – 5000 readings per second and works accurately in all light conditions, including direct sunligh

Key features of SF45/B

Weight
59 grams / 2.08 oz
Size
51 x 48 x 44 mm
Range
50 meters
Beam type
Single, scanning beam
Update rate
50 to 5000 readings per second
Integrates with
Ardupilot, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and LightWare Studio
Special features
Micro USB, Serial UART and I2C outputs
Suitability
UAV | UGV | IoT
Applications
Altitude | Height above ground | Position hold | Terrain following | Detect and avoid | SLAM | Collision avoidance

SF40/C

With an update rate of 20 000 readings per second, the robust SF40/C is specifically designed to provide drones and other UAVs with SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) intelligence. The SF40/C has a range of up to 100 meters with a single, scanning beam type up to a full 360°. This LiDAR seamlessly integrates with ‘plug and play’ flight control tools and interfaces such as ArduPilot, Raspberry Pi, ROS, Arduino and LightWare Studio.

Key features of SF40/C

Weight
256 grams / 9.03 oz
Size
70 x 79 mm
Range
100 meters
Beam type
Single, scanning beam
Update rate
20 000 readings per second
Integrates with
Ardupilot, Raspberry Pi, ROS, Arduino, and LightWare Studio
Special features
Serial UART output
Suitability
UGV | IoT
Applications
Altitude | Height above ground | Position hold | Detect and avoid | SLAM | Collision avoidance

Contact information:

It’s more than just buying a sensor. LightWare is about being a partner for your project and to provide expert advice on microLiDAR™ solutions. They solve many technical challenges in multiple sectors and bring a different perspective on exceeding your LiDAR requirements.
Contact LightWare on [email protected]
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