INF-52303 Drones for Agriculture: Prepare and Design Your Drone (UAV) Mission


Studiepunten 3.00

Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. J Valente
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. L Kooistra
dr. J Valente
Examiner(s)dr. J Valente
dr. ir. L Kooistra

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We are all getting familiar with the image of a drone in the sky. Although flying a drone is fun, drones are not toys. More and more UAVs or drones are used by governments and companies to gain answers and insights on nature, agricultural and metropolitan challenges among other fields. For example, small Drones/UAVs are employed in agriculture for crop observation, crop monitoring, field analysis and map generation through aerial surveys. And with the available software and 'mission planning tools' market growing, so is the demand for knowledge and understanding about their usage and limitations. 

Over three weeks you will learn whether it makes sense to use drones for your application, challenge or research question. You will learn how to plan an end-to-end mission (from image acquisition to data visualization) for your specific drone application and how to execute a drone mission safely. After finishing this online course you will have gained full understanding of the aerial mapping workflow and how to implement it in a programmable small drone. You will know which steps you need to take to gain the valuable insights you are looking for.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- decide whether it makes sense to use a drone for your application or challenge;
- design a process from acquisition to data visualization and evaluation for your specific drone application;
- understand the available airborne technology and software;
- understand what UAV international legislation and regulations are concerning drones;
- make an aerial surveying workflow;
- make the required flight preparations and create- and execute a safe mission setup;
- prepare a mission planning using available open source and commercial tools;
- understand about aerial imaging product delivery.


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Online course progress (mandatory to complete the online course) and a presentation.