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Novel Waypoint Generation Method for Increased Mapping Efficiency

abstract: This project is to develop a new method to generate GPS waypoints for better terrain mapping efficiency using an UAV. To create a map of a desired terrain, an UAV is used to capture images at particular GPS locations. These images are then stitched together to form a complete map of the terrain. To generate a good map using image stitching, the images are desired to have a certain percentage of overlap between them. In high windy condition, an UAV may not capture image at desired GPS location, which in turn interferes with the desired percentage of overlap between images; both frontal and sideways; thus causing discrepancies while stitching the images together. The information about the exact GPS locations at which the images are captured can be found on the flight logs that are stored in the Ground Control Station and the Auto pilot board. The objective is to look at the flight logs, predict the waypoints at which the UAV might have swayed from the desired flight path. If there are locations where flight swayed from intended path, the code should generate a new set of waypoints for a correction flight. This will save the time required for stitching the images together, thus making the whole process faster and more efficient. / Dissertation/Thesis / M.S. Mechanical Engineering 2014
Date January 2014
ContributorsGhadage, Prasannakumar (Author), Saripalli, Srikanth (Advisor), Berman, Spring M (Advisor), Thangavelautham, Jekanthan (Committee member), Arizona State University (Publisher)
Source SetsArizona State University
Detected LanguageEnglish
TypeMasters Thesis
Format56 pages
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