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Concepts and Issues

  • Gianluca Casagrande
  • Davide Del Gusto
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Abstract

This chapter is intended to describe the main concepts and issues of applying small UAVs to geographic observation. The discussion begins with an overview of drones as flying platforms (2.1). We then introduce a fundamental concept, accessibility, or the set of criteria to have the needed technology (2.2). The following point, called field deployability, considers aspects regarding how the drone can get to be used in practice, based on technical and organizational steps (2.3). General but crucial concepts of the emerging national and international regulations about small drones are then discussed (2.4). In the last Sect. (2.5), a case study is presented in order to explain how mission planning should be approached based on available technology and operational needs.

Keywords

sUAV RPAS Accessibility Field deployability UAV regulation 

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  1. 1.Geographic Research and Application LaboratoryEuropean University of RomeRomeItaly

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