Unmanned aircraft can provide critical information that piloted aircraft currently provide, related to forest fire management, surveillance, insect detection, vegetation control, and other services. The unmanned aircraft in the lab can be used to automate the tasks for natural resource management. The technologies will save time, money, and most importantly lives, because human operators will not have to stay in harm's way if we use autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and robots for dangerous tasks.
The equipment includes a fixed-wing UAV, autopilot, onboard computer, and ground control station with payload sensors such as cameras and navigation sensors. The civilian UAV and payload sensors can be used for automated missions for various applications. The fixed-wing UAV with onboard sensors can be used to collect aerial images. The software can be used to automatically process the data. Collected forestry data are transmitted and processed on the ground control station. The ground crew can conduct missions using the ground control station.
Unmanned vehicles and robots usually are related to situations involving hazardous environments, repetitive and menial tasks. There is a growing demand and interest in the sensing, perception and navigation control of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Unmanned vehicles could be used in many areas, such as surveillance, mine hunting, automatic inspection of power plants and refineries, disposal of hazardous materials and ocean exploration.
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Date submitted: Wed, Apr 10, 2019 12:14 PM
Date updated: Mon, Apr 22, 2019 3:57 PM