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Open Access Using Relative Orientation to Improve the Accuracy of Exterior Orientation Parameters of Low Cost POS

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A simple and inexpensive POS for application to light airborne platforms was developed, and a modified Kalman Filtering was designed to integrate GNSS/IMU/Image data, which uses the relative orientation information to improve the accuracy of the exterior orientation parameters. The precise relative orientation of conjugate images was obtained using a SIFT/SFM matching algorithm. The relative exterior orientations were transformed from the camera frame to the navigation frame before they were used as external update information of the Kalman Filter. Combining all the relative orientation information retrieved from images, the Kalman Filter can give an improved output for the exterior orientation parameters. Airborne result from the tests of one straight strip shows that the heading accuracy of a GNSS/MEMS-IMU was improved from 0.26° to 0.10°, and the result from one closed strip shows that heading accuracy was improved from 1.11° to 0.85° and roll accuracy from 0.54° to 0.43°.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 February 2017

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