First full mapKITE testing campaign: mapKITE becomes now a reality

In June, 20th to 23rd, 2016, the mapKITE project achieved one of its major milestones: the first-time-ever operation of a tandem aerial-terrestrial system conceived for simultaneous geodata acquisition in corridor mapping missions. Such achievement validates the first half of the European Horizon 2020 project, in which an international consortium of ten teams from six different countries have partnered up to turn mapKITE into a reality.

During three days, mapKITE system testing and demonstrations were carried out at the BCN Drone Center, a UAV testing center including 2500 ha of segregated airspace located in Collsuspina, Barcelona. Within its premises, a 2 km rural road was selected as a testing corridor and was operated successfully around ten times. The testing site was prepared with several ground control points measured along the corridor and marked with black and white markers for quality checking.

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GeoNumerics (Castelldefels, Catalonia, Spain) is a research and development (R&D) intensive small-and-medium-enterprise (SME) company specialised in geomatics and accurate navigation. The mapKITE concept is an invention of GeoNumerics. GeoNumerics was recently awarded the “Innovative SME” seal by the Spanish “Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad” (Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness).

MapKITE is currently being developed by an international consortium within the frame of the project “mapKITE: EGNOS-GPS/GALILEO-based high-resolution terrestrial-aerial sensing system.“ The project is funded by the European Commission (EC) through the European Union (EU) “Horizon 2020 Programme for Research and Innovation,” supervised by the GSA on behalf of the EC, and coordinated by GeoNumerics. The mapKITE consortium includes ten organizations from five European countries and Brazil.

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is an EU agency that promotes the use, adoption, application and market development of E-GNSS services and that these services and operations are thoroughly secure, safe and accessible.