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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Commercial UAV for surveys - UPI.com

COALVILLE, England, May 23 (UPI) -- Technology developed by the military is being put to commercial use in an unmanned aerial vehicle for survey missions by British company Bluesky.

Bluesky, in an announcement of its product launch, said its UAV uses artificial intelligence-guided autopilot and high-resolution, integrated cameras. It also features autonomous take-off and landings and with a wingspan of less than 3 feet can be easily transported.

"Using UAV's we can respond quickly to demands to collect site specific images and data in a very cost effective way," said James Eddy, technical director at the aerial survey company. "The integrated camera captures high resolution photogrammetric images that can be used to create map accurate aerial survey data including height models.

"The system is compact and lightweight making it easy to store and transport and can be launched by hand from virtually any location. Flight planning software and an artificial intelligence-guided autopilot make it easy to control and the system will gently and safely return to the ground with a single touch of a button."

Bluesky said potential uses of its UAV include surveying of open cast mines, quarries, landfills and large-scale construction sites. With additional sensors mounted on the UAV, Bluesky said it could also be used to monitor crop growth and irrigation.


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