LUCAS has received it's first order for an unmanned aerial system, for use outside of it's own academic research. The Geography Department and the Civil Engineering department at Loughborough University have placed the order for a small unmanned aerial vehicle, to be used for aerial photography and surveying.
Traditionally, aerial photos are taken by satellites or large aircraft at high altitude. However this can be highly expensive, requiring and aircraft to be available for the entire project and often only getting low resolution footage due to the height at which the aircraft must fly. By using an unmanned alternative, these drawbacks can be overcome.
The design and use of the vehicle will be overseen by LUCAS PhD researcher Matthew Coombes.
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