Unmanned airborne systems (UAS), particularly the class of UAS referred to as small-unmanned airborne systems (S-UAS), have the potential to revolutionize the science, practice, and role of remote sensing. S-UAS-collected remote sensing data differ from that acquired from larger airborne
and space-borne platforms in myriad ways. To provide an indication of the novel remote sensing capabilities that S-UAS are poised to enable and identify research priorities for realizing the full potential of remote sensing from these novel platforms, characteristics of S-UAS platforms and
their impact on data and information products are analysed in the context of remote sensing model and the remote sensing communication model. Results indicate that S-UAS will not only enable a range of novel remote sensing capabilities but also present clear challenges to the remote sensing
community. These challenges, including increased data volume, a paucity of appropriate analysis approaches, and restrictions on autonomous operation (both regulatory and technological), point towards several near-term research priorities.
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Document Type: Research Article
Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA
Earth Data Analysis Center, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA
Publication date: August 18, 2018
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