The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences
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Articles | Volume XL-1
07 Nov 2014
 | 07 Nov 2014

Supporting Remote Sensing Research with Small Unmanned Aerial Systems

R. C. Anderson, P. C. Shanks, L. A. Kritis, and M. G. Trani

Keywords: sUAS, remote sensing, autopilot, mission planner, ground control system, VisualSFM, PhotoScan, DEMs, orthomosaics

Abstract. We describe several remote sensing research projects supported with small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) operated by the NGA Basic and Applied Research Office. These sUAS collections provide data supporting Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR), NGA University Research Initiative (NURI), and Cooperative Research And Development Agreements (CRADA) efforts in addition to inhouse research. Some preliminary results related to 3D electro-optical point clouds are presented, and some research goals discussed. Additional details related to the autonomous operational mode of both our multi-rotor and fixed wing small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) platforms are presented.