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Articles | Volume XL-1/W4
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XL-1/W4, 61–65, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprsarchives-XL-1-W4-61-2015
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XL-1/W4, 61–65, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprsarchives-XL-1-W4-61-2015

  26 Aug 2015

26 Aug 2015

PHOTOGRAMMETRIC MISSION PLANNER FOR RPAS

F. Gandor, M. Rehak, and J. Skaloud F. Gandor et al.
  • École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland

Keywords: Mission planning, RPAS, MAV, GPS quality, Photogrammetry

Abstract. This paper presents a development of an open-source flight planning tool for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) that is dedicated to high-precision photogrammetric mapping. This tool contains planning functions that are usually available in professional mapping systems for manned aircrafts as well as new features related to GPS signal masking in complex (e.g. mountainous) terrain. The application is based on the open-source Java SDK (Software Development Kit) World Wind from NASA that contains the main geospatial components facilitating the development itself. Besides standard planning functions known from other mission planners, we mainly focus on additional features dealing with safety and accuracy, such as GPS quality assessment. The need for the development came as a response for unifying mission planning across different platforms (e.g. rotary or fixed wing) operating over terrain of different complexity. A special attention is given to the user interface, that is intuitive to use and cost-effective with respect to computer resources.