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Investigations into near-real-time surveying for geophysical data collection using an autonomous ground vehicle

Open-File Report 2014-1013

In cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Ames Research Center
By:
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DOI: 10.3133/ofr20141013

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Abstract

The U.S. Geological Survey and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration are cooperatively investigating the utility of unmanned vehicles for near-real-time autonomous surveys of geophysical data collection. Initially focused on unmanned ground vehicle collection of magnetic data, this cooperative effort has brought unmanned surveying, precision guidance, near-real-time communication, on-the-fly data processing, and near-real-time data interpretation into the realm of ground geophysical surveying, all of which offer advantages over current methods of manned collection of ground magnetic data. An unmanned ground vehicle mission has demonstrated that these vehicles can successfully complete missions to collect geophysical data, and add advantages in data collection, processing, and interpretation. We view the current experiment as an initial phase in further unmanned vehicle data-collection missions, including aerial surveying.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Investigations into near-real-time surveying for geophysical data collection using an autonomous ground vehicle
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
2014-1013
DOI:
10.3133/ofr20141013
Year Published:
2014
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, GA
Contributing office(s):
Geology, Minerals, Energy and Geophysics Science Center
Description:
iv, 12 p.
Country:
United States
State:
California
City:
Menlo Park
Other Geospatial:
Flood Park
Online Only (Y/N):
Y