Required Gear for This ? aerial survey

Had some inspiration today reading the local paper, here in New Zealand, had some stunning aerial photos from above mt Narahoe (sorry, havent found a link to the photo, its in a paper - not digital).First Thought - would love to do those shots from my RC plane, probably using a digital camera onboard and a cheaper 2.4 ghz system, so I can see what I am flying over.Second thought - why not do this using an auto pilot, program in a flight path, still using a camera system back to ground to see real time what I am flying over.So, with all the developments in the ardupilot etc, what would the best setup as far as autopilot, shield, etc (keeping costs down :-) )Platform will most likely be a Delta or chevron Wing , elevon control, possibly rudder control as well, but for simplicity could go with a glider style RET controlThoughts ?CheersMat

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  • Thanks Chris - hadent found that list before, will look into what I need to do to get the gear over here - like that the radios are 900 mhz and not 2.4 ghz

    Krzysztof - the airframe isnt an issue, I build flying wings for myself and others.(my largest is a 54" Ritewing with 1200 watts on its tail and 160 kph speed flat and level :-) and I have an 80" wing "in the build")

    Your easyuav is very nice, but out of my price league. does it sell well ? would love to sell such a product here in New Zealand, lots of oportunity with local and govt departments
  • T3
    It depends if you want to focus on data processing (maybe half of the quest) or making something that flies reliably (your UAV).
    Flight-ready solution is as always EasyUAV
    http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1137076&highlig...

    The limitation is weather, I don't believe your flight will be repetitive enough in manual mode in order to obtain good quality stitch.
    When you fly predictably the results from simple panorama stitchers are really regular:
    http://www.aerialrobotics.eu/examples/WinterPhotomapping.kmz
  • 3D Robotics
    I'd go with the standard setup.
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