During a 4 weeks mission to Peru we have done several UAV flights for mapping purposes. These included flights at high altitude over the Andes. The highest one was over the scenic “Bosque de Piedras”, at 4500m altitude, where we have mapped a 1km2 area in a matrix flight pattern.


 - Images processed with PIX4D - 


These flights fit within a Belgian - Peruvian cooperation (KU Leuven – UNALM) to study and improve agricultural production in coastal, Andes and Amazon areas of the country. Special thanks to all the developers here at diydrones, dedicated to make Arduplane rock-solid and performing well under difficult conditions. During the 30+ autopilot missions, Arduplane never failed  and we managed to finish the project with one X8 frame, despite the harsh conditions (rainy season, high altitude, challenging landing spots..). Below a road-movie from the Andes part of the trip:

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Comment by Chris Anderson on April 7, 2013 at 2:44pm

Impressive! Thanks for sharing.

Comment by Bret C on April 7, 2013 at 3:01pm

Very nice work!  Thank you for sharing.  

Does your X8 use detachable wings? If so can you please share images of it with the wings separated?

Also did you do any modifications to make the X8 more robust?

Thank you!

Bret C

Comment by JP on April 7, 2013 at 6:09pm

Nice flight and processing!

Comment by Carl La France on April 7, 2013 at 6:28pm

I guess there is no speed limit there ? (he he ) it looked like a rally car race . Did those kids follow the car the whole way? I liked the catapult launch , Have a Great Day!

Comment by bcrow on April 7, 2013 at 7:55pm

Wow- Thanks for posting. Great way to use UAS data for research..Love the launch "system"..

Cheers, Byron

Comment by AKRCGUY on April 7, 2013 at 9:38pm

What board are you using, 2.0, 2.5+?  Any custom PID's or stock settings?

Comment by Christiaan van Vollenstee on April 7, 2013 at 11:32pm

Hello, what version of ArduPlane did you use, also can you please post some specs and images of your x8's internals?

Comment by Rana on April 8, 2013 at 4:12am

Great to hear !

Comment by Richard Boyhan on April 8, 2013 at 7:09am

Nice work.  Thanks for sharing.

Comment by bcrow on April 8, 2013 at 8:13am

I am a bit interested in the inst. array that you used. What type of camera did you use with the PIX 4D software? did you (or were you able to) use a LIDAR / or multi-spec camera system as well?

Very well done.






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