This blog covers the development of an autonomous fixed-wing mapping drone, and the mapping of a vineyard in California.
The vineyard was located in a valley with the main property at the top of a hill, with the vines covering the hilly area. There was approx. 80 acres of vineyard and almond trees, with a 260 feet elevation change. To comply with the FAA 400 AGL limit for UAV’s, the mission was planned with a 130 feet AGL at the top of the hill by the property with a small designated landing area. This gave us 130 feet flying over the property, plus 390 feet at the lowest point in the property, which happened to be a dried up lake bed.