LR-D1 Pro for Aerial Target Drones & Tactical UAVs
Ainstein’s LR-D1 Pro is their newest and most high-performance radar altimeter, designed to provide precision in altitude and velocity measurements for up to 500 m. By employing a unique system of 60 GHz antenna at low altitudes, and a 24 GHz antenna at high altitudes, this altimeter can handle flights and maneuvers both close to the ground or high up in the air. This is the radar for you if exceptional accuracy and consistent performance, regardless of the terrain or environmental condition, is important to you. Clients that have had great success with this radar have utilized it in their high-speed target drone fleets and tactical UAV applications.
Key Benefits of the LR-D1 Pro for Aerial Targets:
- It is more reliable in over water flights than lidar or laser
- Durable, ruggedized encasing design
- Accuracy in high-speed flights
- Low altitude precision, down to the centimetre level
Who the LR-D1 Pro is Ideal for:
- Tactical drones and long-range UAVs
- Target training drones and UAVs
- Recon and surveillance missions
- Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) missions
- Low-altitude manoeuvre projects
Why Use a Radar Altimeter?
- To perform high-fidelity UAV terrain-following
- Laser altimeters are less effective over water
- Accurate performance in adverse environments such as fog, rain, etc.
- Can change between terrains without complications
How the LR-D1 Pro Works on Your UAV:
- The LR-D1 Pro comes out of the box with either 232, 422, UART, or CAN interface, as well as connector and cable.
- Using an interface to TTL converter as well as a TTL-USB it easily connects to the USB port of a Raspberry Pi, which can connect to the Pixhawk through a serial connection or other flight controller.
- Mount the radar on the underside of the UAV frame, where it has a clear field of view.
- In the Ardupilot or PX4 software, some parameters will require to be changed according to the set up guides. Reboot the flight controller. The sensor is ready for operation on the UAV.
- Create a detailed flight plan for the specific mission at a constant required altitude and parameters while manoeuvring Beyond the Visual Line of Sight.
- Begin the flight with surface tracking enabled and watch the automated UAS maintain accurate AGL altitude down to the nearest centimetre, ensuring safe and accurate surveillance.
Why Choose The LR-D1 Pro Radar Altimeter?
- Industrial-Grade Durability: Ideal for high-speed, high-shock, and high-vibration environments, suitable for the most heavy-duty UAS applications
- Dual-Band Radar Configuration: Simultaneously measures altitude using two antennas, employing data fusion to provide seamless altitude output
- Centimeter-Level Precision: Precision down to the centimetre to support the most critical moments of flight
- Industrial UAVs
- Advanced take-off and landing
- Tactical or ruggedized applications
Common UAS Challenges
- Barometers are not accurate at low altitude
- Laser altimeters don’t work in all environments
- GPS sensor accuracy varies by GPS signal strength
Our UAS Solution
- LR-D1 Pro accurately measures altitudes from 0.3-500m
- LR-D1 Pro is a radar altimeter, so it works in all weather
- LR-D1 Pro relies on itself, even in GPS-denied environments
The latest generation of Ainstein’s long-range radar altimeter. The LR-D1 Pro employs a 60 GHz antenna for centimetre-level precision at low altitudes and a 24 GHz antenna for enhanced capabilities at high altitudes. The LR-D1 Pro is ideal for larger UAVs performing VTOL, helicopters, and for missions that require precision landing and ruggedized durability.
|Frequency||24 GHz, 60 GHz|
|Operating Voltage||10 – 30 V|
|Altitude Range||0.30m – 500m|
|Altitude Precision||0.075m (<5m), 0.364m (>5m)|
|Update Rate||40 Hz|
|Field of View||43° Azimuth 30° Elevation|
|Operating Temperature Range||-40°C – 70°C|
|Dimensions||148mm x 134mm x 35mm|
Can I use the LR-D1 Pro below 0.3m?
The LR-D1 Pro can measure altitudes to a resolution of 1.5 cm when below 5 meters in altitude. This allows the user to operate the LR-D1 Pro effectively between 0.3m – 5m, and up to 500m.
Altitudes below 0.3m are within the LR-D1 Pro’s blind zone, meaning it is unable to detect distance accurately. Depending on the terrain below the LR-D1 Pro, the radar may be able to detect down to 0.1m, as it may be able to do over concrete. Generally, however, attempting to measure below 0.3m will result in measurements that are volatile and have a low accompanying signal-to-noise ratio, therefore Ainstein does not recommend doing so.
How do I know that the LR-D1 Pro’s radar reading is valid?
The LR-D1 Pro records both the altitude measurement and a corresponding signal-to-noise ratio measurement from both a 24 GHz and 60 GHz radar with update rates of 40 Hz. Every measured altitude is recorded with its SNR. The signal-to-noise ratio can be used to validate the integrity of an altitude reading. We typically consider a signal-to-noise ratio of less that 13 dB as a low-confidence measurement.
The LR-D1 Pro also outputs an error code when other factors might be affecting the measurement, such as the 60 GHz or 24 GHz radars having a low SNR. More details about this can be found in the LR-D1 Pro User Manual.
What is the meaning of the radar output? Does it measure the distance to the closest object detected or the distance of the biggest object seen?
The radar is designed to detect the distance to the ground below when the ground is the main object in its field of view, and when the radar is facing the ground/water. Other objects in the field of view can cause measurement errors.
The output is primarily the result of the proximity and size of the object detected, but it is also influenced by the material of the object detected and the angle at which the signal is reflected from the object.
Is there a bench test software tool for the LR-D1 Pro?
Yes, there is a bench test software application that can be provided upon request. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
What regulatory requirements does the LR-D1 Pro meet?
The LR-D1 has not yet been FCC certified according to FCC Part 15 standards or received the CE marking.
Is the LR-D1 Pro export controlled?
Ainstein components are ITAR free, and do not classify under the US Munitions List governed by the State Department. Our units ship from the US with an Export Control Classification Number (ECCN) of EAR99, No License Required. For export, our HS Tariff Code is 8526.10.0000.
How do I set up the LR-D1 Pro?
The step-by-step procedure for setting up the LR-D1 Pro and operating it can be found in the LR-D1 Pro Technical User Manual, which will be made available upon the release of the product.
What is the measurement accuracy of the LR-D1 Pro?
The LR-D1 Pro’s altitude accuracy between 5 meters and 500 meters in altitude is ±0.365m and between 0.3m and 5m is 0.075m. Due to the filter applied to the raw data, the output that the customer sees between 5 meters and 500 meters in altitude is ±0.075m and between 0.3m and 5m is 0.015m The difference in accuracy at different altitudes is due to the two radar antennas being used simultaneously. This design was implemented intentionally to provide the user with much greater accuracy during takeoff and landing maneuvers.
Is the LR-D1 Pro waterproof or dustproof?
The LR-D1 Pro is manufactured to an IP rating of IP67 and has been tested to that standard by our manufacturing team. Pursuing IP67 certification by a third party is on our roadmap, but it has not yet been completed.
Can the LR-D1 Pro operate at high speeds?
Yes, the LR-D1 Pro has been flight tested at 200 m/s and encountered no issues at these speeds. The LR-D1 Pro was designed to be unaffected by extreme operating conditions such as high flight speeds, high bank angled turns, and sharp changes in altitude.