Title

AggieAir: Towards low-cost cooperative multispectral remote sensing using small unmanned aircraft systems

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Advances in Geoscience and Remote Sensing

Publisher

InTech

Publication Date

10-1-2009

First Page

463

Last Page

490

DOI

10.5772/8333

Abstract

This chapter focuses on using small low-cost unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for remote sensing of meteorological and related conditions over agricultural fields or environmentally important land areas. Small UAS, including unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and ground devices, have many advantages in remote sensing applications over traditional aircraft- or satellite-based platforms or ground-based probes for many applications. This is because small UAVs are easy to manipulate, cheap to maintain, and remove the need for human pilots to per- form tedious or dangerous jobs. Multiple small UAVs can be flown in a group and complete challenging tasks such as real-time mapping of large-scale agriculture areas.

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