Personal UAV Gains an Audience

by Matt Ball on July 13, 2011

The small-scale aerial mapping platform provided by Gatewing drew quite an audience at the Esri International User Conference. The suitcase-sized aerial mapping platform is an ideal data collection tool for small areas of interest of roughly a kilometer squared, and seems ideally suited for project-based work such as infrastructure planning and development. The low-cost (roughly $65K) and automation of aerial data collection makes this platform an attractive option for even those not versed in photogrammetric science. The low flight ceiling (under 1,000 feet) allows the craft to fit into the model airplane category of operation, eliminating some of the headaches of data capture planning.

The video below gives you a good idea of how this platform is deployed in the field.

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KoS July 13, 2011 at 10:55 am

Technically the ceiling for recreation craft is 400 feet.

And in order to use this project for mapping, ones needs permission from the FAA. One can fly all they want under the ceiling so long it’s for non-commercial use.

http://www.faa.gov/news/fact_sheets/news_story.cfm?newsId=6287

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