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Sensors 2016, 16(5), 648;

Development of a Near Ground Remote Sensing System

College of Biosystems Engineering and Food Science, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China
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Academic Editor: Felipe Gonzalez Toro
Received: 16 February 2016 / Revised: 27 April 2016 / Accepted: 3 May 2016 / Published: 6 May 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Remote Sensors)
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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have shown great potential in agriculture and are increasingly being developed for agricultural use. There are still a lot of experiments that need to be done to improve their performance and explore new uses, but experiments using UAVs are limited by many conditions like weather and location and the time it takes to prepare for a flight. To promote UAV remote sensing, a near ground remote sensing platform was developed. This platform consists of three major parts: (1) mechanical structures like a horizontal rail, vertical cylinder, and three axes gimbal; (2) power supply and control parts; (3) onboard application components. This platform covers five degrees of freedom (DOFs): horizontal, vertical, pitch, roll, yaw. A stm32 ARM single chip was used as the controller of the whole platform and another stm32 MCU was used to stabilize the gimbal. The gimbal stabilizer communicates with the main controller via a CAN bus. A multispectral camera was mounted on the gimbal. Software written in C++ language was developed as the graphical user interface. Operating parameters were set via this software and the working status was displayed in this software. To test how well the system works, a laser distance meter was used to measure the slide rail’s repeat accuracy. A 3-axis vibration analyzer was used to test the system stability. Test results show that the horizontal repeat accuracy was less than 2 mm; vertical repeat accuracy was less than 1 mm; vibration was less than 2 g and remained at an acceptable level. This system has high accuracy and stability and can therefore be used for various near ground remote sensing studies. View Full-Text
Keywords: UAV; aerial imaging; simulation platform; slideways UAV; aerial imaging; simulation platform; slideways

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Zhang, Y.; Xiao, Y.; Zhuang, Z.; Zhou, L.; Liu, F.; He, Y. Development of a Near Ground Remote Sensing System. Sensors 2016, 16, 648.

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