I would like to know what you think is the best solution (price/quality/ease of use) for mapping around 300km (180 miles) of a highway??
We need to do photogrammetry of this project and I have suggested the use of a UAV instead of a manned aircraft.
I imagine that we will need a fix wing solution (or solutions) for doing this project but I would like to have further information.
Any information is useful.
Ideally you need a fixed wing with the following characteristics:
- Hand launch
- Parachute landing
- Long endurance
- Affordable (you WILL need some spare parts for a project like this, or two aircraft)
- Long range link (capable of BVLOS if your regulation permits)
The best so far for this type of application is the Aeromapper Talon:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnryItBtVrw&t=40s ,here is my plane, you may have a look
this is a very interesting post. Thank you for sharing it.
For me this is a good example UAV planes will go for.
Of course I'm interested in details. It was already asked
the pixel size you are looking for? Is this a single stripe
or do you need side overlap?
I have similar missions in mind. The last months I've tested
cams going close to 1cm resolution using a Skywalker. This
phase I've closed recently. It is reliable now. You'll see
a reference example attached (62x93m size, 90m AGL).
For the next months I'm going to extend the logistics. My
goal is to get this distance in one to two days by a single
plane. Starting in spring first projects are planned. Today
I've a good feeling and don't see any blocking points.
Thanks and keep us informed.
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Check the PTERYX product
Also check the SENSEFLY products
Have also a look at the RV JET wing
I'm wondering what photogrammetry software would you use for such a large project? Can Pix4d, Photoscan etc. handle this kind of large dataset.?
It was a custom put frame but not much different from the RTF versions.
A spanish company called Elimco sells a plane that could fit your needs. They say to have done missions 200km long.
suerte con ese loco proyecto.
Has anyone tried the Anaconda twin boom?
I hear the Talon is good but it might not have the range of the Skywalker.
Also, what is the consensus on Wings v Tails? I did see somewhere someone saying that wings require a gimbal more than a traditional plane as they roll when Yawning as there is no rudder. The Gimbal keeps the camera horizontal during these manoeuvres. Has anyone found this to be the case?