ENHANCEMENTS IN UAV FLIGHT CONTROL AND SENSOR ORIENTATION
- 1Bochum University of Applied Sciences, Department of Geodesy, Lennershofstr. 140, 44801 Bochum, Germany
- 2Aerometrics GmbH & Co. KG, Landwehrstr. 143, 59368 Werne, Germany
Keywords: UAV, Navigation, Sensor Orientation, Flight planning
Abstract. The acquisition of photogrammetric image data by means of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) has developed in recent years to an interesting new measurement method especially for small to medium sizes of objects. In addition the latest developments in the field of navigation systems (GNSS), of inertial sensors and other sensors in combination with powerful and easy to program microcontrollers have made a major contribution to this. In particular, the development of MEMS sensors has triggered the boom of the UAV and has given decisively influence and it is still going on. The integration of sensors on a single board not only enables a cost-effective manufacturing and mass production, but also the use in accordance with small, lightweight UAV. The latest developments on a 50 mm × 50 mm-sized circuit board combine the sensors and the microcontroller for the flight control and flight navigation. Both the board and the microcontroller are easy to program and maintain several interfaces for connecting additional sensors, such as GNSS, ultrasonic sensors and telemetry.
This article presents the UAV system of the Bochum University of Applied Sciences, the used sensors and the obtained results for accurate georeferencing.