So, I did get the Phantom 3 Pro, thanks for the advice in the thread earlier. Flown a bit, but haven’t taken any really cool videos.
Mostly by virtue of having the RP certificate and a drone I’m willing to use for work, I’ve sort of become the unofficial part 107 coordinator for the natural resource management agency that I work for… we’re trying to use the Phantom for mapping/vegetation monitoring, and once we have some completed projects will probably be able to justify buying Inspires.
Here’s an example of the south side of a lake, automated flight using MapPilot and then processed by MapsMadeEasy:
Question- I think MME is using structure from motion to generate the rectified mosaic. There are programs which can do this on our hardware, or on a EC2 instance (eg. VisualSFM, OpenDroneMap). My one concern is that we’d lose geopositioning since SfM seems more oriented towards building 3D models than mapping. Generally our projects will not have surveyed ground control points, we’re relying on onboard GPS. … I’m not a GIS/cartography specialist… is there a better workflow to get geopositioned orthomosaics than paying MME for processing? Anyone have experience with Drone Deploy vs MapPilot?
Thanks in advance!