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Georeferencing (potential bug)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Willis Jun 7, 2015. 2 Replies

Hi, I'm running Mission Planner 1.3.28 build 1.1.5624.13992.  I have been collecting aerial photographs with the Iris+ running ArduCopter V3.2.1 on the PixHawk.When georeferencing the images, if the…Continue

Cardboard Quad

Started this discussion. Last reply by MC May 2, 2012. 4 Replies

I found this while surfing today:Cardboard QuadNow, this might make things even more affordable ;) …Continue

Palentier: Aerial Mapping Software - Major Update Available

Started this discussion. Last reply by Thomas Finan Feb 4, 2011. 2 Replies

A much improved version of Palentier, the open source aerial mapping software, is now available.www.palentier.comThe new version has an improved interface and a…Continue

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Aerial mapping with Arducopter

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Willis Feb 1, 2011. 5 Replies

Hi, a friend and I created an Open Source tool for georeferencing photographs taken from UAVs.  It's called Palentier and is freely available at…Continue


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I'm an archaeologist that does photogrammetry and aerial photos from kites and blimps. I'm interested in bringing this work to UAVs.

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Creating Digital Elevation Models from Low Altitude Photographs

Posted on December 30, 2010 at 10:11am 12 Comments

A free tutorial on creating Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) from Photosynth point clouds is now available online.  The tutorial focus on using mostly free and Open Source software to create detailed georeferenced 3D models from low altitude aerial photographs that have been processed in Structure from Motion (SfM) software like that…


Introducing Palentier: An Open Source Aerial Mapping Application

Posted on September 28, 2010 at 11:30am 19 Comments

Palentier processes aerial photographs collected from a camera aboard a MikroKopter, or similar Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) then scales, orients and projects the images to real world mapping systems. It does this by analyzing the telemetry data from the UAS and merging it with the aerial photographs. The resulting data is then superimposed for viewing in Google…


Aerial Mapping with multicopter

Posted on June 8, 2010 at 10:00am 29 Comments

Hello all, I've been toying around with the MikroKopter Hexakopter as a tool for aerial mapping and photogrammetry. After a few weeks of learning the ins and outs of the system, I finally had some time on the weekend to test the system for mapping.

In short, we placed Ground Control Points (GCPs) around a man-made ponding area at roughly ten meter intervals (~40 x 30 m in total…


Drones to help track US border in summer

Posted on May 19, 2010 at 3:09pm 4 Comments

On a visit to El Paso this weekend, I noticed this article on front page of the El Paso Times concerning US border drone use.

One interesting tid bit, "Perez said the Department of Homeland Security and members of Congress have been frustrated with the FAA because it has been slow in approving the department's request for…


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At 9:54am on November 3, 2009,
Rory Paul
Hi Mark

Take a look at the following sites:

Both are using data logged during the flight to improve the ability to accurately geo-reference and model the imagery acquired during small uav flights.


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