The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences
Download
Publications Copernicus
Download
Citation
Articles | Volume XL-1
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XL-1, 1–7, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprsarchives-XL-1-1-2014
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XL-1, 1–7, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprsarchives-XL-1-1-2014

  07 Nov 2014

07 Nov 2014

Low cost infrared and near infrared sensors for UAVs

S. T. Aden1, J. P. Bialas1, Z. Champion1, E. Levin1, and J. L. McCarty2 S. T. Aden et al.
  • 1School of Technology, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, USA
  • 2Michigan Tech Research Institute, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Keywords: UAVs, Mapping, Visualization, Multisensor, Aerial, Infrared, Temperature, Imagery, Experimental, Forest fires

Abstract. Thermal remote sensing has a wide range of applications, though the extent of its use is inhibited by cost. Robotic and computer components are now widely available to consumers on a scale that makes thermal data a readily accessible resource. In this project, thermal imagery collected via a lightweight remote sensing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) was used to create a surface temperature map for the purpose of providing wildland firefighting crews with a cost-effective and time-saving resource. The UAV system proved to be flexible, allowing for customized sensor packages to be designed that could include visible or infrared cameras, GPS, temperature sensors, and rangefinders, in addition to many data management options. Altogether, such a UAV system could be used to rapidly collect thermal and aerial data, with a geographic accuracy of less than one meter.