Airborne remote sensing in Australia using small, modern, highly cost-efficient platforms - Capabilities and examples

J. M. Hacker

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Abstract

Airborne Research Australia (ARA) has pioneered the use of small, modern and highly cost-efficient platforms for a wide range of airborne remote and in-situ sensing. The aircraft used are a purpose-built special-mission version of a motorglider with highly efficient aerodynamics combined with a quiet, minimum-pollution engine. Their flight characteristics and capabilities are very similar to those of typical mid-sized unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The aircraft and sensors have been used in a wide range of projects Australia-wide. Examples are the simultaneous use of full waveform resolving lidar, aerial imaging, hyperspectral, multispectral and microwave sensing on near 1,000km-long transects over Australia's savannah landscape; bathymetric studies using hyperspectral scanning over coastal waters in Victoria; and a survey of the topography of exposed reefs in the Kimberley region of Australia. Recently, an active airborne scatterometer was added to the sensor kit which has already produced first images.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event34th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment - The GEOSS Era: Towards Operational Environmental Monitoring - Sydney, NSW, Australia
Duration: 10 Apr 201115 Apr 2011

Conference

Conference34th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment - The GEOSS Era: Towards Operational Environmental Monitoring
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CitySydney, NSW
Period10/04/1115/04/11

Keywords

  • Airborne hyperspectral
  • Airborne lidar
  • Bathymetry
  • Scatterometer
  • Small research aircraft

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