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Articles | Volume XXXVIII-1/C22
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XXXVIII-1/C22, 259–263, 2011
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprsarchives-XXXVIII-1-C22-259-2011
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XXXVIII-1/C22, 259–263, 2011
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprsarchives-XXXVIII-1-C22-259-2011

  06 Sep 2012

06 Sep 2012

PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT OF REAL-TIME GEOSPATIALUAS MISSIONS WITHIN A VIRTUAL GLOBE ENVIRONMENT

S. Nebiker, H. Eugster, K. Flückiger, and M. Christen S. Nebiker et al.
  • FHNW, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland, Institute of Geomatics Engineering IVGI, CH-4132 Muttenz, Switzerland

Keywords: UAV, UAS, virtual globe, geovisualization, augmented reality, virtual reality, rapid mapping

Abstract. This paper presents the design and development of a hardware and software framework supporting all phases of typical monitoring and mapping missions with mini and micro UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles). The developed solution combines state-of-the art collaborative virtual globe technologies with advanced geospatial imaging techniques and wireless data link technologies supporting the combined and highly reliable transmission of digital video, high-resolution still imagery and mission control data over extended operational ranges. The framework enables the planning, simulation, control and real-time monitoring of UAS missions in application areas such as monitoring of forest fires, agronomical research, border patrol or pipeline inspection. The geospatial components of the project are based on the Virtual Globe Technology i3D OpenWebGlobe of the Institute of Geomatics Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW). i3D OpenWebGlobe is a high-performance 3D geovisualisation engine supporting the web-based streaming of very large amounts of terrain and POI data.