Title

When is a drone not a drone? Performing Meaningful Scientific Work with the AggieAir Unmanned Aerial System

Document Type

Conference Paper

Journal/Book Title/Conference

2013 Kansas State University Unmanned Systems Conference

Publisher

Kansas State University

Location

Manhattan, KS

Publication Date

10-2013

Abstract

Current aerial drones are platforms for weapons or surveillance, providing actionable intelligence or targeted strikes. Although similar in many respects, the AggieAir UAS is not a drone. AggieAir is designed to target scientific remote sensing applications, and has been used to provide meaningful scientific data for many ecological applications, including precision agriculture, wetland vegetation mapping, and river monitoring for fish habitat. This poster introduces AggieAir from a scientific perspective and shows how key differences from other UASs allow collection of significant scientific data, used in meaningful ways.

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