GPS guided unmanned planes


An unmanned mini plane guided by GPS satellites has been developed by European Space Agency (ESA) to provide monitoring of land areas and disaster zones.

Designed by the German start-up company – the autonomous micro-air vehicles (MAVs) with a wingspan of less than two meters are assigned inspect land areas.

The MAVs can carry visual and thermal cameras or other customer-specific measuring equipment. They’re controlled by an autopilot from takeoff to landing, and they use GPS satellite navigation to follow a planned track, triggering the camera to image the target area. From the ground, the plane is followed by radio by a safety pilot who can take over the controls at anytime…via

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