Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Final day (we hope)- UAV success!

Today was (we think) our last chance to get a good survey of the station with our UAV.  After some fiddling with firmware, reprogramming the autopilot, and re-running all of the checks, we had a successful test flight- we were excited! 

Then we regrouped, got fresh batteries, mounted the camera, and relaunched- and had a very successful flight!  There are lots of good videos of launch and the parachute recovery, but they will have to wait until I get back to a faster connection. 

Here's the track of our UAV in Google Earth- we had great coverage of the camp with a single flight.

And an example of the aerial imagery we collected.  This is one of about 400 individual photos that make up the compilation- at home, we'll compile them and use Structure From Motion to generate a DEM!

fingers crossed for a flight tomorrow!


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