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February 5, 2014
Professional-Grade Mapping Accomplished with UAS

Within the United States, AAAI is engaged with several of the recently announced UAS research and test sites, which operate under the auspices of the Federal Aviation Administration to develop the certification and operational requirements necessary to safely integrate UASs into the national airspace.

Applanix and American Aerospace Advisors Inc. (AAAI) completed a successful series of test flights of AAAI's RS-16 platform equipped with an Applanix DMS-UAV aerial photogrammetry payload.

This is the first successful mission for a long-endurance unmanned aircraft system (UAS) capable of producing professional-grade, directly georeferenced mapping imagery for civilian applications such as pipeline monitoring and power line mapping.

Tests were conducted over restricted airspace in New Jersey. A joint team from Applanix and AAAI planned and flew a sequence of missions to evaluate the capabilities of the UAS. These include the ability to provide highly accurate, directly georeferenced and orthorectified aerial imagery without the need for ground control points or aerial triangulation calculations.

The system, consisting of the airframe, its avionics, mobile ground control station and the digital mapping payload, performed according to expectations and successfully produced high-quality imagery

Image courtesy of AAAI.

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