LADAR uses ultraviolet, visible, or near-infrared laser light to image objects and can be used with a wide range of targets, including non-metallic objects, rocks, rain, chemical compounds, aerosols, clouds and even single molecules. A narrow laser beam can be used to map physical features with very high resolution.
LADAR units feature power connections, a wireless computer hub and a mounting, for attachment to a tripod, robot arm or airborne vehicle mounting.
LADAR is also used extensively for atmospheric research and meteorology. Downward-looking LADAR instruments fitted to grav vehicles, aircraft, and satellites are used for surveying and mapping. LADARs can also be used to map buildings, caves, natural environments, ship interiors, and many other spaces. The LADAR can be attached to a maxi-robot arm and introduced into a space. A LADAR array is usually connected to a hand computer and the results are processed and displayed there.