I finally getting the APM installed in my Bixler 2 this week. After a bit of tuning and configuration I ran my first aerial photography mission.
The image below shows the composite image overlaid in satellite imagery in Google Earth.
This image shows the difference in quality between Google Earth's satelite imagery and my render
Here's a 3D render of the area surveyed
And here's me on the ground
Overall I'm very happy with the first flight. There are some improvements to be made, I think most importantly, increasing the shutter speed to clear the photos up a little, maybe trying a lower flight to increase cm/pixels, flying perpendicular to the wind and finding a new flying site.
My equipment set up is as follows:
HobbyKing Bixler 2
APM 2.5 with GPS and telemetry
DroidPlanner to tell me what's going on in the air :)
Canon IXUS 220 HS running CHDK and a modified FPV_UAV script to allow control from the ground
Agisoft Photoscan for rendering