This course focuses on the theoretical and practical aspects of precise mapping with Micro Aerial Vehicles (MAV). In the first part of the course the students will learn the concepts of dynamical modelling, control, navigation and guidance of a small aircraft. They will acquire also the theoretical and practical skills of mission planning and execution. The accent of the second part of the course is in the mapping from (close) aerial photography with and/or without the support of navigation data. The theoretical concepts of sensor orientations are explained with particularities of consumer-market optical sensors and exercised practically on the imagery taken by MAV during the first week. The students will then acquire the concepts of post-processing navigation data for the trajectory recovery at camera events and their insertion into integrated sensor orientation, benefit of which are also exercised practically for the resulting mapping product. The final objective is to gain sound understanding of mitigation of errors due to imperfect spatial-temporal stability of UAV navigation/optical payload through advanced modelling.

Cycle: Plan->Acquire->Process->Product