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Aerial imaging with small UAVs

The cDrones team at the University of Klagenfurt and Lakeside Labs develops a system for multiple unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to provide a high-quality aerial overview image of a given area of interest.

Evsen Yanmaz, PostDoc in the project, explains: “It only takes a few mouse clicks for operators to define the area to be observed. To provide for autonomous coverage of the area, the software automatically computes where to take a picture and optimizes the flight routes for all UAVs. During the mission, UAVs can constantly be observed at the base station. The pictures taken during flight are immediately shown in their GPS positions on a map. A rough 3D structure is extracted from the captured images which enables us to improve mosaicking results to obtain a nice aerial overview image.”