DEVELOPMENT OF RAPID LOW-COST LARS PLATFORM FOR OIL PALM PLANTATION

Authors

  • Nasruddin Abu Sari Faculty of Information and Communication Technology Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, Malaysia
  • A Ahmad Faculty of Information and Communication Technology Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, Malaysia
  • MY Abu Sari Faculty of Information and Communication Technology Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, Malaysia
  • S Sahib Faculty of Information and Communication Technology Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, Malaysia
  • AW Rasib Faculty of Geoinformation and Real Estate, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.11113/jt.v77.6563

Keywords:

Oil Palm, LARS, UAV, RAPID, LAPERS, precision agriculture

Abstract

The need to produce high temporal remote sensing imagery for supporting precision agriculture in oil palm deserves a new low-altitude remote sensing (LARS) technique. Consumer over the shelf unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and digital cameras have the potential to serve as Personal Remote Sensing Toolkits which are low-cost, efficient, rapid and safe. The objectives of this study were to develop and test a new technique to rapidly capturing nadir images of large area oil palm plantation (1 km2 ~ 4 km2). Using 5 different multi-rotor UAV models several imagery missions were carried out. Multi-rotors were chosen as a platform due to its vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) feature. Multi-rotor’s VTOL was crucial for imagery mission success. Post processing results showed that for an area of 1 km2, it needs 2 to 6 sorties of quad-rotor UAV with 4000x3000 pixel digital cameras flying at altitude of 120m above ground level and an average of 50m cross-path distance. The results provide a suitability assessment of low-cost digital aerial imagery acquisition system. The study has successfully developed a decent workhorse quad-rotor UAV for Rapid Aerial Photogrammetry Imagery and Delivery (RAPID) in oil palm terrain. Finally we proposed the workhorse UAV as Low-Altitude Personal Remote Sensing (LAPERS) basic founding element.

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Published

2015-12-01

How to Cite

Abu Sari, N., Ahmad, A., Abu Sari, M., Sahib, S., & Rasib, A. (2015). DEVELOPMENT OF RAPID LOW-COST LARS PLATFORM FOR OIL PALM PLANTATION. Jurnal Teknologi, 77(20). https://doi.org/10.11113/jt.v77.6563