QuestUAV Surveys a 4 sqkm Archaeological Site In One Flight With the Q-100 DATAhawk
QuestUAV Team Successfully Flies Paleapaphos in Cyprus - The Birthplace of Aphrodite
In the context of the RSCy2016 Fourth International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of Environment in Cyprus, the QuestUAV team went to survey the area of Paleapaphos (The Old Paphos), the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love and beauty. The area is an important archaeological site, about 16 km from the city of Paphos, including remains of temples and several excavation sites. The project area had a size of 3.8 sqkm and was imaged within a 50 minutes flight. The images will be used for detecting changes at the excavation sites and mapping of looting holes.
The QuestUAV team flew the area at 400 ft with a Q-100 DATAhawk, equipped with a Sony QX1 camera. The total mission, from flight planning until landing took us no longer than 4 hours. We acquired more than 850 high resolution images with a GSD of 3.5cm. The weather was sunny with medium wind strength. After 50 minutes flight time, we smoothly landed the DATAhawk with parachute into higher grass.
DATAhawk recovery after parachute landing (L). Q-100 DATAhawk in the car (M). Image analysis in a restaurant (R).
Image Processing and Outlook
We processed the images within 10 hours with Pix4Dmapper Pro and generated a high resolution Orthomosaic and Digital Surface Model (DSM) covering the whole survey area. Orthomosaic and DSM are the basis for further analysis and the generation of archaeological site maps. The QuestUAV team will keep you updated about the outcome of this study.