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Light detection and ranging (LIDAR) systems based on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) recently are in rapid advancement, while mini-UAV-borne laser scanning has few reported progress, notwithstanding so extensively required. This study established a pioneered mini-UAV-borne LIDAR system - Sensei, schematically with an Ibeo Lux scanner mounted on a small Align T-Rex 600E helicopter. Furthermore, the associated data processing involved in the coordinate triple, pulse intensity, and multiechoes per pulse was explored to validate its applicability for fine-scale mapping, in terms of, e.g., tree height estimation, pole detection, road extraction, and digital terrain model refinement. The feasibility and advantages of mini-UAV-borne LIDAR have been demonstrated by the promising results based on the real-measured data.
Date of Publication: May 2011