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Helikite-based Remote Monitoring Platform


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Start date: 05/01/02
End date: 12/31/05



About the research

Abstract: Helikite-based platform is a prototype Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for remote sensing applications, deployed via a helium-filled balloon. Control software and hardware were developed enabling real-time video surveillance and operation of an integrated high-resolution digital camera. System development includes printed circuit-board production, programming of single-board computer, and integration of radio telemetry modules, wireless video transmitter, and power sub-systems. The system can be used to monitor traffic and safety projects from as high as 500 feet.