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Record number 545433
Title Experimental design of a mobile landing platform to Assist Aerial Surveys in fluvial environments
Author(s) Borreguero, David; Velasco, Omar; Valente, João
Source Applied Sciences 9 (2019)1. - ISSN 2076-3417
DOI https://doi.org/10.3390/app9010038
Department(s) Laboratory of Geo-information Science and Remote Sensing
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2019
Keyword(s) Field robotics - Fluvial environments - Mechatronics - Unmanned aerial vehicles - Unmanned surface vehicles
Abstract

Sampling aquatic ecosystems is a laborious and expensive task, especially when covering large areas. This can be improved using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) equipped with various remote sensing sensors. However, the UAV performance and autonomy may vary due to external factors when it is operated outdoors. In some cases, an emergency landing maneuver is necessary to avoid an accident, since in fluvial environments, the UAV control landing becomes a difficult operation. Therefore, it is important to have a backup platform on the water to fix this problem. This paper presents the design and development of a custom-built unmanned surface vehicle using open-source tools and with two types of operation-remotely piloted and autonomous-to support remote sensing practices with UAVs in fluvial environments. Finally, part of the software developed within this project was released in an open-source repository.

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