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Conservation DronesMapping and Monitoring Biodiversity$
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Serge A. Wich and Lian Pin Koh

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198787617

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198787617.001.0001

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Typology and anatomy of drones

Typology and anatomy of drones

(p.13) Chapter 2 Typology and anatomy of drones
Conservation Drones

Serge A. Wich

Lian Pin Koh

Oxford University Press

In this chapter we discuss the typology of drones that are currently being used for different kinds of environmental and conservation applications. Drones are also commonly known variously as Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). We focus on the most popular aircraft types including multirotor (of various configurations), fixed wing, and hybrid ‘vertical-take-off-and-landing’ (VTOL) craft, and briefly discuss the relative pros and cons of each type. We also broadly discuss the essential components common to all remotely piloted aircraft systems, including the power source, flight controller (or autopilot), and ground control station.

Keywords:   Multirotor, fixed wing, hybrid VTOL, ground control station, autopilot

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