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Planning to Integrate Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) into Your Current Data Acquisition Workflow? The State of the Technology: Highlights, Case
Proceedings of the 2019 Mississippi Water Resources Conference

Year: 2019 Authors: Yarbrough L.D.


They are in the news. You see them in the workplace as well as with recreational hobbyists. They have been the cause of occasional airport closures. I will present an overview of the current state of the technology and discuss examples from current and past projects to explore the many uses of small unmanned aerial system (sUAS), commonly called drones. From the perspective of remote sensing and aerial imaging, the recent explosion of the sUAS has a long, well-established foundation dating back to the mid-1800s when wet glass daguerreotypes were set aloft with balloons and kites. Mississippi, too, has had a long history of developing sUAS technology in research, teaching and application. Key aspects of mission planning, flight operations, safety protocols, data curation, data analysis and product development are all interdependent and are developed from the needs of the end-user or client. I will discuss the regulatory environment and flight restrictions that may affect your choice of sensor, payload needs, and size of sUAS. From commercially-available, to a custom bird and ever-increasing selection of sensor payloads, the future trend quite literally has the sky as the limit.

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