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 Dries Raymaekers on April 8, 2013 at 2:27pm

Thanks .  I used a simple camera (canon powershot S100) and basic setup for the X8 (2*3S-5000mAh Lipo -13*8  prop, APM2.5 with 3dr telemetry). Keep it simple and light when flying at high altitudes!! 

Comment by bcrow on April 8, 2013 at 4:39pm

thanks. I guess flying above 14000 ft adds to the issues of flying in remote areas. Great photos from the Canon - I also use a Powershot (and a Rebel T3i) for photo mapping. I am going to have to look into the PIX 4D software, nice clean look.    

Comment by u4eake on April 8, 2013 at 4:53pm

Hi Dries, great stuff !!  I'm jealous!  I was hoping you would post something here.

I have started a UAV group in yammer, a social network tool we use at KULeuven.  Mind if I repost it there ?

I invited prof. Schrevens too.  I've looked to invite you too, but it seems you no longer have a kuleuven email (which is mandatory)

If you guys ever need any assistance, don't hesitate to ask.

Comment by Bertold on April 9, 2013 at 9:48am


Nice to see these results from KU Leuven. I am a student at the faculty of electrical engineering. I will likely do a PhD on UAV communication next year.

Comment by DroneNerd on April 9, 2013 at 11:25am

Fantastic, congratulations!

Cheers from Brazil.

Comment by Paul Feely on April 9, 2013 at 12:00pm
This is what it's all about - fantastic, thanks for sharing and very well done!
Comment by nubli hashim on April 10, 2013 at 9:08pm

Fantastic, and well done, congratulation to the team. APM is put into good use for people around the world. bravo


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