Development of a low cost DIY UAV Mapping Platform


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James Parkes, Tritan Survey,South Africa,


In the past few years UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) mapping has exploded into the survey industry. There are now countless companies offering the Total UAV Mapping Solution. UAV mapping has allowed the smaller operator to gain entrance into the aerial mapping industry, at a reduced financial investment, thus allowing surveyors to utilize this method for topographical surveys.This paper discusses experiences gained through the development of a low cost DIY fixed wing UAV system. Topics such as types of UAV systems and their advantages and disadvantages, hardware and software utilized and comparisons of DIY solutions to off-the-shelf commercially available products will be covered.

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