DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF A LOW-COST UAV-BASED MULTI-SENSOR PAYLOAD FOR RAPID-RESPONSE MAPPING APPLICATIONS
- Department of Geomatics Engineering, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, AB, Canada
Keywords: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), Multi-Sensors, Embedded Systems, Low-Cost Payload, Hardware Architecture, Direct Georeferencing
Abstract. The main objective of this paper is to investigate the potential of using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) as a platform to collect geospatial data for rapid response applications, especially in hard-to-access and hazardous areas. The UAVs are low-cost mapping vehicles, and they are easy to handle and deploy in-field. These characteristics make UAVs ideal candidates for rapid-response and disaster mitigation scenarios. The majority of the available UAV systems are not capable of real-time/near real-time data processing. This paper introduces a low-cost UAV-based multi-sensor mapping payload which supports real-time processing and can be effectively used in rapid-response applications. The paper introduces the main components of the system, and provides an overview of the proposed payload architecture. Then, it introduces the implementation details of the major building blocks of the system. Finally, the paper presents our conclusions and the future work, in order to achieve real-time/near real-time data processing and product delivery capabilities.