A Remote Aerial Robot for Topographic Survey

Abstract

In this paper a seminal system for the topographic survey with an unmanned aerial robot is presented. The proposed system has demonstrated the feasibility of acquiring initial 3D ground models using active laser range sensors on a low-flying helicopter platform. The robot system consists of a remote control helicopter with a laser sensor and a GPS (global positioning system) for collecting ground point data and a post-processing data sub-system for drawing a topographic map. This robot system has many potential applications, such as terrain modeling, structure inspection or climate and weather measurement, etc. The experiment results verify the proposal robot system for topographic survey

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