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Articles | Volume XXXVIII-1/C22
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XXXVIII-1/C22, 119–124, 2011
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprsarchives-XXXVIII-1-C22-119-2011
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XXXVIII-1/C22, 119–124, 2011
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprsarchives-XXXVIII-1-C22-119-2011

  06 Sep 2012

06 Sep 2012

HIGH-PRECISION POSITIONING AND REAL-TIME DATA PROCESSING OF UAV-SYSTEMS

M. Rieke, T. Foerster, J. Geipel, and T. Prinz M. Rieke et al.
  • Institute for Geoinformatics – University of Muenster, Weseler Str. 253, 48151 Muenster, Germany

Keywords: UAVs, Sensor Integration, Real Time Kinematics, Real-time Processing, Software Framework

Abstract. Available micro-sized Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in the civilian domain currently make use of common GPS receivers and do not address scenarios where high-precision positioning of the UAV is an inevitable requirement. However, for use cases such as creating orthophotos using direct georeferencing, an improved positioning needs to be developed. This article analyses the requirements for integrating Real Time Kinematic positioning into micro-sized UAVs. Additionally, it describes the data processing and synchronisation of the high-precision position data for a workflow of orthorectification of aerial imagery. Preliminary results are described for the use case of precision farming. The described approach for positioning has the potential to achieve a positional accuracy of 1–3 cm, which can be considered as adequate for direct georeferencing of aerial imagery.