Sunday, October 20, 2013

Mapping the Matterhorn

When English mountaineer George Mallory (1886-1924) was asked why he wanted to climb Mount Everest the Himalayas, he responded, "Because it's there." Well, project manager of SenseFly Adam Klaptocz had a similar reason for wanting to map the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps: "Such a combination of high altitudes, steep rocky terrain and sheer size of dataset has simply not been done before with drones, we wanted to show that it was possible." The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) company and aerial photography company Pix4D used 3 drones to capture points just 8" (20 cm) apart. In the time it usually takes to climb the last 4,000' (1200 m) to the Matterhorn's summit – 6 hours – the drones had surveyed the entire mountain.

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