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Thursday, April 19 • 9:20am - 9:50am
Pitfalls of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Research

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With the use of drones becoming ubiquitous in many fields of academic research, it is critical to properly plan missions including selection of platform to site assessment to work flow and end products. The time and cost involved in small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) operations for research purposes proves to be much higher than portrayed in popular media. This presentation will cover three case studies involving sUAS operations through the University of Montana illustrating pitfalls and lessons learned throughout the planning, mission, and data analysis phases. The first case is a lesson in cost benefit analysis of platform selection for geo-referenced tree identification, the second case involves lessons in flight-planning communication for mapping water resources, and the third case relates to data analysis considerations after a successful field campaign.

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Jennifer Fowler

Jennifer Fowler is director of the University of Montana’s Autonomous Aerial Systems Office. Her expertise lies in areas of autonomous atmospheric data collection and weather modeling research. She has 15 years of experience with autonomous systems and collaborations around the... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 9:20am - 9:50am
Governor Room