In all the bad press about drones, there are some good and exciting applications of this technology with the smaller, civilian-type drones. One application of interest to earth scientists is the ability to acquire high-resolution oblique aerial photos. One company, SenseFly, just released technology for this kind of drone application:
SenseFly, a Parrot company, releases its patent-pending technology for oblique images, a truly innovative way to enable its fixed-wing mapping professional drones to take extraordinary images without the use of a gimbal.
SenseFly’s civil drones eBee and swinglet CAM, both designed for mapping missions, are now also capable of quickly taking amazing oblique images to complement a mapping project or add additional documentation.
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Go to the Parrot News blog site for more information on the SenseFly technology.