Date of Award:

5-2009

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Advisor/Chair:

Dr. YangQuan Chen

Abstract

Remote sensing helps many applications like precision irrigation, habitat mapping, and traffic monitoring. However, due to shortcomings of current remote sensing platforms - like high cost, low spatial, and temporal resolution - many applications do not have access to useful remote sensing data. A team at the Center for Self-Organizing and Intelligent Systems (CSOIS) together with the Utah Water Research Laboratory (UWRL) at Utah State University has been developing a new remote sensing platform to deal with these shortcomings in order to give more applications access to remote sensing data. This platform (AggieAir) is low cost, fully autonomous, easy to use, independent of a runway, has a fast turnover time, and a high spatial resolution. A program called the Geospatial Real-Time Aerial Image Display (gRAID) has also been developed to process the images taken from AggieAir. gRAID is able to correct the camera lens distortion, georeference, and display the images on a 3D globe, and export them in a conventional Geographic Information System (GIS) format for further processing. AggieAir and gRAID prove to be innovative and useful tools for remote sensing.

Comments

This work was revised and made publicly available electronically on July 25, 2011

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