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Fleet of Drones Maps a Mountain in 3D

Soulskill posted 1 year,8 days | from the stuff-that-matterhorns dept.

Technology 27

Zothecula writes "Explorers have mapped the surface of the iconic Matterhorn painstakingly by foot, by satellite, and now by drone, thanks to a partnership between drone maker senseFly and nonprofit Drone Adventures. Launching a small squadron of eBee minidrones off the summit and sides of the famous Alps mountaintop, the mission tested the navigational abilities of the system and created a staggering data-rich 3D model."

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1)

broginator (1955750) | 1 year,8 days | (#45146545)

Didn't they do something like this on Marvel - Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?

Re:Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1)

CanEHdian (1098955) | 1 year,7 days | (#45148709)

The movie Prometheus has a very interesting-looking use of drones mapping the insides of the spaceship.

Re:Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1)

Behrooz Amoozad (2831361) | 1 year,7 days | (#45151091)

you insensitive clod, Put a damn "spoiler alert" before talking about a movie.

Google Drone View (2)

koan (80826) | 1 year,8 days | (#45146595)

Think of the possibilities.

Re:Google Drone View (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,8 days | (#45146659)

What, the possibilities like they could do what Apple did last year?

Re:Google Drone View (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | 1 year,7 days | (#45147189)

Actually, the possibilities are staggering. What used to be sort of a rather high-end thingy when I first met the notion in mid-1990s (on SGI workstations, no less) suddenly becomes a problem of throwing enough computation onto gobs of lousier data (the drones probably have worse optics, photogrammetry-wise (although better resolution, of course), but there's virtually nothing you can't fix in software at this point). The whole thing can even its eyes where it needs them. I think the future of cartography is sealed.

Re:Google Drone View (1)

Reverand Dave (1959652) | 1 year,7 days | (#45147387)

We use this type of technology to map out flood plains and rivers and other things. Using this data we can model potential weak spots and areas for dam and levee improvement as well as effective fire management in the case of forest fires and wild fires.

Re:Google Drone View (1)

mikael (484) | 1 year,7 days | (#45147421)

If they take these photographs at regular time intervals, they'll then have a 4D animation of the flow of glaciers down the mountain.

White House? (2)

koelpien (639319) | 1 year,8 days | (#45146645)

It would be interesting to know what would happen if a similar deployment of autonomous drones was pointed toward a high-security building such as the Pentagon, White House or congress. If they're autonomous, would some sort of jamming signal cause the drones to hover or retreat/drop? Probably only a matter of time before some idiot tries it...

Re:White House? (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,8 days | (#45146765)

I'm kind of surprised no nation has built a small robotic version of this [wikipedia.org] and packs it full of smallish drones with guns or explosives.

Re:White House? (1)

BreakBad (2955249) | 1 year,8 days | (#45146823)

This is 2013....they would be used to torment the First Pet and post videos on YouTube.

Re:White House? (1)

kangsterizer (1698322) | 1 year,7 days | (#45146877)

1300mhz / gps jamming, - that's all

Re:White House? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,7 days | (#45147013)

A swarm of drones spilling out of some military vehicle and heading up mountains in Afghanistan is far more likely than a White House scenario. I think you have the roles reversed here.

Re:White House? (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | 1 year,7 days | (#45147087)

If they're autonomous, would some sort of jamming signal cause the drones to hover or retreat/drop?

You can't "jam" something that's autonomous. You can't jam an incoming ICBM either. (Precisely because it's autonomous.)

Re:White House? (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,7 days | (#45147171)

> You can't jam an incoming ICBM either. (Precisely because it's autonomous.)

And precisely because it's ballistic. That's what the 'B' in ICBM stands for.

Re:White House? (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | 1 year,7 days | (#45147241)

You can't jam it in those stages of its flight where its trajectory *isn't* ballistic either.

Re:White House? (1)

Deadstick (535032) | 1 year,7 days | (#45148395)

You can't "jam" something that's autonomous.

Yes you can, if it uses GPS. "Autonomous" means not actively controlled from outside; it does not exclude the use of GPS.

Re: White House? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,7 days | (#45148635)

I would think something autononomous would have inertial tracking as well.

Excellent. (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,8 days | (#45146707)

Now. Build me a 3D printer enough to print one of my own . . . hollow . . . with lava . . . and sharks . . . with laser beams.

Next up; (1)

Kaenneth (82978) | 1 year,8 days | (#45146785)

Detailed mapping of Space Mountain and It's a Small World.

Next they can do Space Mountain (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,8 days | (#45146803)

I spent a few years living in the shadow of the Matterhorn in Anaheim.

Did it capture climbers/hikers? (2)

king neckbeard (1801738) | 1 year,8 days | (#45146837)

Did the 3d image include those climbing the mountain at that time as well?

Too small (1)

DrYak (748999) | 1 year,7 days | (#45152563)

from the linked article:

For an idea of what these numbers mean, while viewing the image models you can easily make out the hotel-like Hörnlihütte where mountain climbers have been resting on the northeast ridge since 1880, but not see the much smaller 10-bed cabin Solvayhütte higher on the same ridge and recessed into a cliff face.

So if the cabin isn't that easy to see, even smaller mountain climber won't be visible either.

Re:Did it capture climbers/hikers? (1)

dj245 (732906) | 1 year,7 days | (#45152565)

Did the 3d image include those climbing the mountain at that time as well?

Probably not unless they stood still for the entire time. Anytime you stitch data together from multiple photos, there are artifacts from things which are in 1 photo but not in another photo. Software can deal with this in various ways, ranging from ignoring the problem (which creates an artifact or 'glitch') to removing anything which has moved completely.

Microsoft Surface (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,7 days | (#45146913)

Probably the best endorsement I've seen for the Surface Pro yet.

Re:Microsoft Surface (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,7 days | (#45150847)

Shh - quiet, I like my Surface Pro a lot, I just wish it didn't get so much attention in public (everyone wants to hold it and try it out).

Re:Microsoft Surface (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,7 days | (#45150925)

Nice try, Steve.

I'll stick with CyanogenMod, thank you.

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