Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) as highly flexible and low-cost sensor platform provide new opportunities of data acquisition for various environmental and geoscientific purposes (e.g. environmental monitoring, forestry, geobase data etc.). Their spatial and temporal versatility due to small size, low weight and little operating costs also makes these aerial platforms an attractive tool for monitoring and observation purposes.
From 2009 on the ifgicopter research group of the Institute for Geoinformatics and the Institute of Landscape Ecology is working on applications of UAS in the various fields of geoinformation science. In particular, different systems like multicopter and fixed wing systems form the starting point of the ongoing research. The current areas of work and research topics of the ifgicopter group cover real-time data processing, related geoservices, multispectral aerial photography and high-precision positioning.