HYPERSPECTRAL REMOTE SENSING WITH THE UAS "STUTTGARTER ADLER" – CHALLENGES, EXPERIENCES AND FIRST RESULTS
Keywords: Hyperspectral, Remote Sensing, Unmanned Aerial System, Precision Agriculture, Direct Georeferencing, Calibration
Abstract. The UAS "Stuttgarter Adler" was designed as a flexible and cost-effective remote-sensing platform for acquisition of high quality environmental data. Different missions for precision agriculture applications and BRDF-research have been successfully performed with a multispectral camera system and a spectrometer as main payloads. Currently, an imaging spectrometer is integrated in the UAS as a new payload, which enables the recording of hyperspectral data in more than 200 spectral bands in the visible and near infrared spectrum. The recording principle of the hyperspectral instrument is based on a line scanner. Each line is stored as a matrix image with spectral information in one axis and spatial information in the other axis of the image. Besides a detailed specification of the system concept and instrument design, the calibration procedure of the hyperspectral sensor system is discussed and results of the laboratory calibration are presented. The complete processing chain of measurement data is described and first results of measurement-flights over agricultural test sites are presented.