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Appl. Sci., Volume 9, Issue 1 (January-1 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Sampling aquatic ecosystems is a laborious and expensive task. This can be improved using unmanned [...] Read more. Sampling aquatic ecosystems is a laborious and expensive task. This can be improved using unmanned aerial vehicles equipped with remote sensing sensors. However, the UAV performance and autonomy may vary due to external factors. Sometimes, an emergency landing maneuver is necessary to avoid an accident, since in fluvial environments, landing becomes a difficult operation. Therefore, it is important to have a backup platform on the water. This paper presents the design and development of an unmanned surface vehicle using open-source tools and with two operation types—remotely piloted and autonomous—to support remote sensing practices with UAVs in fluvial environments. View this paper.