Location: Crop Production Systems Research Unit
Project Number: 6402-22000-059-10
Start Date: Sep 11, 2010
End Date: Sep 10, 2014
A platform for unmanned aerial image acquisition will be developed, evaluated, and improved. The proposed system is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with capabilities of fail-safe landing and autonomous flight. The system will have unique mechanical features that allow stable flight under variable wind conditions and allow easy access and exchange of payloads. This system and will be evaluated with the Tetracam multispectral cameras and other-branded thermal imaging cameras. Automatic camera triggering has limitations with regard to accuracy and speed of image acquisition. This has been especially problematic at ground speeds encountered when using agricultural aircraft for image acquisition. This proposal includes development of new camera activation algorithms to meet speed requirements of both UAVs and agricultural aircraft.