AuraUAS traces it’s roots back to a simple open-source autopilot developed by Jung Soon Jang to run on the XBOW MNAV/Stargate hardware back in the 2005-2006 time frame. I worked at the University of Minnesota at that time and we modified the code to run on an original 400mhz gumtsix linux computer which talked to the MNAV sensor head via a serial/uart connection.… Read the rest... >>
One of the reasons I loved the original Star Trek series is because no matter what the odds, no matter how hopeless the circumstances, no matter how impossible the foe, Captain Kirk always found a way to think his way out of the mess. He never ultimately failed or lost to an opponent, not once, not ever. That makes a great hero and fun TV! Fictional super heroes do things that normal human beings could never possibly do … like fly, or be stronger than steel, … Read the rest... >>
The process of mapping a pixel in an image to a real world latitude, longitude, and altitude is called georeferencing. When UAS flight data is tightly integrated with the camera and imagery data, the aerial imagery can be directly placed and oriented on a map. Any image feature can be directly located. All of this can be done without needing to feature detect, feature match, and image stitch. The promise of “direct georeferencing” is the ability to provide useful maps and actionable data immediately after the conclusion of a flight.