Late last year, we tested the Devourer D130, an X8 mega-quad with 28″ props. Very successful test with a 3 kg dummy payload, getting good flight times of 20+ minutes. This platform will be used for our heavier sensors, such as the micro-Hyperspec and LiDAR.
Dr Josh Kelcey who did his PhD in the TerraLuma research group (2010 – 2014) graduated on 18 December 2014. Congratulations to Josh on completing a fantastic PhD thesis! The title of his PhD thesis is: “Object-based image analysis of ultra-ne spatial resolution imagery acquired over a saltmarsh environment by an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)”. One of the journal papers that came out of his thesis looked at the radiometric correction of the Tetracam mini-MCA, and can be found here: Kelcey, J., & Lucieer, A. (2012). Sensor Correction of a 6-Band Multispectral Imaging Sensor for UAV Remote Sensing. Remote Sensing (UAV special issue), 4(5), 1462-1493. doi:10.3390/rs4051462 | Download PDF
In August, we performed a test with an X8 flying wing and Pixhawk autopilot. We wanted to test a new bungee launch system and ran three machine vision cameras capturing multispectral information (each camera captured a different spectral wavelength). Some of the video footage was shot from a DJI Phantom2 Vision+ flown by Dr Guy Willians. The X8 was flown by Darren Turner.