I am a researcher within the field of Arctic science. I am in need of a fixed-wing drone solution for a project in the high Arctic involving surveys of surface temperature over sea ice. I am hoping people within this forum will be able to give me some pointers and leads on how to achieve the right setup.
The drone should be able to follow waypoints and automatically take bird's eye view pictures with a thermal camera. The end result should be a stitched map of surface temperatures. The area in question is somewhere along the lines of 4x4 - 6x6 miles in size. The size of the area and the low temperatures at the site (often -30 degC / -22 degF) is the reason I am looking for a fixed wing solution although I am open minded to suggestions.
Seeing as I have little experience with drone operations I would prefer a setup that is both user friendly and fairly straight forward to assemble. I have actually looked at the Aero-M (on sale through this site) which looks like it meets all requirements, except that it does not come with a thermal camera. Would it be possible to custom build a thermal camera such as the FLIR Tau2 onto the air-plane do you think? I am no stranger to coding, and have even touched base with some simple arduino coding in the past. I imagine that might come in handy in this context.
Thank you all in advance!