The project goals

mapKITE responds to market needs and trends identified by the project partners and many geoinformation end users. Some mapping companies are already offering geodata acquired in independent terrestrial (mapping vans) and aerial surveys (manned aircraft) respectively. While terrestrial mobile mapping systems are becoming a standard tool, their limited and insufficient "view" from ground is becoming apparent to users. On the technology side, mapping of small areas from small unmanned aircraft is a reality and the big manufacturers and players of geomatic technology (Trimble, Hexagon, Topcon) have included UAS systems in the range of 0.5 to 5 kg in their portfolios.

The first objective of mapKITE is to build a mature prototype (TRL 7) of a new surveying paradigm: a tandem terrestrial-aerial mobile mapping system (geodata acquisition and post-mission processing). The carriers of the system shall be a terrestrial vehicle (TV) and an unmanned aircraft (UA) both equipped with remote sensing, navigation and communication payloads. The UA will be slaved to the TV: it will follow the TV at a constant flying height above ground, while geodata (aerial images and other data) are acquired simultaneously from the TV and the UA. The TV shall carry a precision optical pointing target on its roof. The geodata will be post-processed under a new orientation-calibration concept to deliver high-resolution, oriented-calibrated and integrated images of corridors and their environment.

The second mapKITE objective is to define and demonstrate mapKITE sustainable services; i.e., the technical/commercial feasibility of the proposed mapping (acquisition and post-processing) concept.

The third objective of mapKITE is to develop the mapKITE market: at the end of the project, contracts or negotiations shall be in place so the prototype can be operated by skilled personnel and revenues are generated to sustain the further development of the system.

The application of the project is corridor mapping –also applicable to environmental, surveillance and disaster management applications. It is a terrestrial-aerial high-accuracy, high-resolution surveying (Earth observation) system that combines the advantages of terrestrial and airborne (manned or unmanned) mobile mapping systems and that leverages EGNOS and the unique features of the Galileo signals, like E5 AltBOC(15,10).

The prototype and market insight obtained in the mapKITE project will allow the SMEs of the consortium to

    develop and market a high-resolution terrestrial-aerial novel product,

    set up novel geoinformation services,

    market Galileo receivers mapKITE and many other applications ,

    market unmanned aircraft with the mapKITE capacity differentiator,

and will contribute to the adoption of European space navigation technology in South America.