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Sensors 2018, 18(4), 1170; https://doi.org/10.3390/s18041170

Drone Mission Definition and Implementation for Automated Infrastructure Inspection Using Airborne Sensors

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Information Processing and Telecommunication Center, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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C-315.1, ETSI Telecomunicación, Avenida Complutense 30, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Received: 31 January 2018 / Revised: 6 April 2018 / Accepted: 9 April 2018 / Published: 11 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Sensor Networks)
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This paper describes a Mission Definition System and the automated flight process it enables to implement measurement plans for discrete infrastructure inspections using aerial platforms, and specifically multi-rotor drones. The mission definition aims at improving planning efficiency with respect to state-of-the-art waypoint-based techniques, using high-level mission definition primitives and linking them with realistic flight models to simulate the inspection in advance. It also provides flight scripts and measurement plans which can be executed by commercial drones. Its user interfaces facilitate mission definition, pre-flight 3D synthetic mission visualisation and flight evaluation. Results are delivered for a set of representative infrastructure inspection flights, showing the accuracy of the flight prediction tools in actual operations using automated flight control. View Full-Text
Keywords: unmanned aerial vehicles; mission planning; measurement planning; human-computer interfaces; multi-rotor trajectory prediction; infrastructure inspection unmanned aerial vehicles; mission planning; measurement planning; human-computer interfaces; multi-rotor trajectory prediction; infrastructure inspection
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Besada, J.A.; Bergesio, L.; Campaña, I.; Vaquero-Melchor, D.; López-Araquistain, J.; Bernardos, A.M.; Casar, J.R. Drone Mission Definition and Implementation for Automated Infrastructure Inspection Using Airborne Sensors. Sensors 2018, 18, 1170.

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