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Principles of Remote Sensing and Mapping Using Drones

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Principles of Remote Sensing and Mapping

Since the FAA Part 107 rules were released, the future of UAS commercial data collection is looking up. Although the size of the UAS market under Part 107 is a mere fraction of what it will become once beyond visual line of sight flying (BVLOS) becomes a reality. Today there are some mapping applications well suited to drones. New applications tailored for drones are being developed too, but the principles of remote sensing still apply.

This is an excerpt from an article by Mike Tully, President and CEO of Aerial Services, Inc. based in Iowa and covering more than one half of the country within 3 hours.

It goes without question that drones have dramatically lowered the barriers to entry into remote sensing and mapping. Increasing numbers of new remote sensing and mapping practitioners flying drones are unfamiliar with photogrammetry and other principles of remote sensing and mapping. As with any new technology while in the “wild west” stage of development, unfounded, erroneous assumptions are made by practitioners about the positional accuracy of their mapping products.

This article is a discussion about the principles of remote sensing and mapping and how they apply to drones. Specifically, it will answer the question “What is positional accuracy and how do I know when I have it with my UAS map products?”

Principal #1 – Positional accuracy is the final product of detailed planning and diligent work.
Accuracy does not just happen. It is not purchased with the drone. It’s hard work and is based on principles that don’t change. The nature of things does not change simply because a new guy is flying a new contraption up in the sky! It is manufactured. It is a value-add of the drone services provider. It requires skill and careful, informed planning. It requires knowledge about the concepts in this article.

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