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TitleApplication of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) to regional airborne geophysical mapping: a concept study
LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorFortin, RORCID logo; Coyle, M; Oneschuk, DORCID logo; Boulanger, O; Grenier, A; Harvey, B; Ouellet, MORCID logo
SourceGeological Survey of Canada, Scientific Presentation 136, 2022, 17 pages, Open Access logo Open Access
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
MeetingSociety of Exploration Geophysicists Summit on Drone Geophysics 2021; November 2-5, 2021
Mediadigital; on-line
File formatreadme
File formatpdf; rtf; docx (Microsoft® Word®)
NTS47C/13; 47C/14; 47C/15; 47C/16; 47D/13; 47D/14; 47D/15; 47D/16; 47E; 47F
AreaBaffin Island; Gifford River
Lat/Long WENS -88.0000 -80.0000 71.0000 69.7500
Subjectsgeophysics; Science and Technology; Nature and Environment; Government and Politics; geophysical surveys; aeromagnetic surveys; magnetic surveys, airborne; radiometric surveys, airborne; gamma-ray surveys, airborne; in-field instrumentation; equipment testing; drones; Federal government; Federal programs; Guidelines; Specifications; Quality control
Illustrationsscreen captures; photographs; location maps; geoscientific sketch maps; tables
ProgramGEM-GeoNorth: Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals GEM Program Coordination
Released2022 05 10
Summary(Plain Language Summary, not published)
Airborne geophysics has been an essential tool for geological mapping and exploration in Canada by providing key information about the subsurface over large and remote areas in a relatively short time. Recently, there has been a lot of interest in using remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) for geoscientific applications. They could deliver a more efficient and cost effective alternative to aircraft with a pilot on board with a reduced environmental footprint. However, only a few case studies have been published and a formal assessment of RPAs for regional airborne geophysical application is missing. As part of project GEM P-050 'Concept study on application of remotely-piloted aircraft to regional airborne geophysics', a preliminary concept of operations on the application of remotely-piloted aircraft to regional airborne geophysics is being produced. Key challenges have been identified and relates to the integration of geophysical sensors within RPA systems. Targeted development are required to transition airborne geophysics operations toward RPA.

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