Helikite-based Remote Monitoring Platform

Project Details
STATUS

Completed

START DATE

05/01/02

END DATE

12/31/05

RESEARCH CENTERS InTrans, CTRE
SPONSORS

U.S. Department of Transportation
University of California-Santa Barbara

Researchers
Principal Investigator
Reginald Souleyrette

Associate Director for Transportation Planning and Information Systems

About the research

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.

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