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Spring 2021


Missionary aviation pilots often must land their planes on remote airstrips that might be unsafe due to runway obstructions such as encroaching vegetation or large objects that were unknowingly placed on the runway. The Falcon Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) team partnered with Indigenous People's Technology and Education Center (ITEC) to develop an imaging system using a UAV to scan airstrips to detect these obstructions. ITEC was founded by Steve Saint, the son of martyred missionary Nate Saint, to develop technologies to aid missionaries and indigenous peoples in their work. The Falcon UAV team focused primarily on the use of automated 3D mapping and photogrammetry by drones to help identify obstructions to pilots landing on remote airstrips. Through our research and experimentation done between the fall of 2019 and spring of 2021, the team selected and tested the DJI Mavic Platinum Pro in combination with the DroneDeploy 3D mapping software to determine the limitations and capabilities of the system.

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Creating Effective 3D Maps - Dereck Plante

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Comparing Selected Drones - Dereck Plante

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Exporting & Interpolating Data from Drone Deploy

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3D Mapping Accuracy Testing - Dereck Plante

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Analyzing Map in Drone Deploy

1b. Creating & Caching a Flight Plan for Remote Airstrips in Drone deploy.mp4 (112744 kB)
Creating & Caching a Flight Plan for Remote Airships in Drone deploy

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Creating & Caching a Flight Plan in Drone Deploy

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