Category Archives: Aerial/UAS


Accuracy With Small UAS Mapping

Two recent advances in heretofore unrelated technologies are giving birth to a new way to perform local-area metric mapping. The first is the development of small, unmanned aerial systems (sUAS), spurred on primarily by the miniaturization of autopilot components.  The second is the development of novel algorithms for creating digital surface models from collections of...


The UAS Scene

The Association for Unmanned Systems International is a 10-year old association dedicated to tracking products, research, and applications for unmanned vehicles. This year’s conference in May in Orlando brought over 6,500 conference-goers to see products and information at the booths of over 500 exhibitors. The primary focus of the conference was airborne vehicles, but marine...

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State of: UAS

Multiple names and acronyms are used for this technology: UAS, UAV, and the sadly ubiquitous “drone.” The mapping industry avoids the military connotation of “drone” and prefers UAS (unmanned aerial system) to UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle). UAS encompasses the entire system: the unmanned aircraft and sensor package, the ground control system, the control link, a...

Precision Ag

State of: Precision Agriculture

One of the fastest growing areas of application for geospatial technologies, precision agriculture is a way to optimize agricultural production through the application of crop information, advanced technologies, and management practices. Precision farmers map in detail variations in soil chemistry, moisture, and other site-specific conditions, use this information to produce “prescription maps,” then use these...

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State of: Aerial

Demand for aerial mapping and its products is higher than ever. While several factors drive the market, the internet is by far the most significant. Nearly everyone has access to the internet and thus access to aerial photography in many formats and resolutions. Thank Google and Microsoft for that visibility and resulting demand. The problem...