Experimental design of a mobile landing platform to Assist Aerial Surveys in fluvial environments

David Borreguero, Omar Velasco, João Valente

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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.

LanguageEnglish
Article number38
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Volume9
Issue number1
Early online date22 Dec 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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landing
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Landing
Design of experiments
platforms
Antennas
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Remote sensing
surface vehicles
autonomy
Vehicle performance
Aquatic ecosystems
backups
maneuvers
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Keywords

  • Field robotics
  • Fluvial environments
  • Mechatronics
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles
  • Unmanned surface vehicles

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