Outdoor air quality monitoring plays crucial role on preventing environment pollution. The idea of use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in this area is of great interest cause they provide more flexibility than ground systems. The main focus of this work is to propose alternative, competitive outdoor wireless monitoring system that will allow to collect pollution data, detect and locate leakage places within petrol, gas and refinery stations or in hard to reach places. This system should be lightweight, compact, could be mounted on any UAV, operate in GPS denied environments and should be easily deployed and piloted by operator with minimal risk to his health. This paper presents the system, configured on a commercial UAV AR.Drone, embedding gas sensor to it, where as a ground station stands Robot Operation System. Conducted first stage experiments proved capabilities of our system to operate in real-world conditions and serve as a basis to carry out further research.


AR.Drone Pollution Gas ROS 



This work comes under the framework of the project IT874-13 granted by the Basque Regional Government. The authors would like to thank the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 ACTIVE fellowship program, and the participating colleagues from the SUPREN research group, Environment and Chemical Engineering Department of the University of the Basque Country.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Automation Control of Technology Processes and Computer TechnologiesZhytomyr State Technological UniversityZhytomyrUkraine
  2. 2.Computational Intelligence Group, Department of Systems Engineering and AutomationUniversity of the Basque CountryBilbaoSpain

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