Vietnam-made unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) made by the Spacial Techonology Institute under the Vietnam Science and Technology Academy were put on pilot operations on May 18th to serve the Scientific and Technological Programs to support socio-economic development in the Central Highlands in the 2011-2015 period.
At 9 am on May 18th, 2 UAVs numbered AV.UAV.S1 and AV.UAV.S2 took off from Camly airport, Da Lat city, Lam Dong, carrying functional cameras, spectrometers and other devices to take shots and measure spectra of natural objects on the ground in order to standardize figures of picture data collected from the newly-launched satellite.
The unmanned aircraft AV.UAV S2 carrying cameras, spectrometers and other necessary devices took off from the Cam Ly military air port at 9.05 am on the day.
During its flight in the sky of Da Lat city and Lac Duong district, the vehicle recorded films, took photographs, and measured natural land objects.
Earlier, the AV.UAV.S1 aircraft was also tested successfully. Both aircraft were flying automatically without ground control system.
Chau Van Minh, Director of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, said in this trial flight, the aircraft was equipped with several devices made by the Vietnam Science and Technology Academy .
The devices are expected to collect important information serving natural resource management and forest coverage calculation and other data.
This test flight will help scientists prepare better for the next tests scheduled for the central coastal areas.
It will also pave the way for made-in-Vietnam unmanned aircraft to perform other necessary tasks.
Six unmanned aerial vehicles are scheduled to fly continuously in three days in Lam Dong to record films on the conditions of forest and water resources in the province.
Under the set plan, 6 UVAs will continuously operate in the Lam Dong province’s airspace on May 18th and 19th to take some 10,000 shots of various natural objects on the ground to compare with the results collected from the satellite.
Following are images from the tests.
VNA & CSVN