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Authors: Pisciotta, Antonino* 
Vitale, Giovanni* 
Scudero, Salvatore* 
Martorana, Raffaele* 
Capizzi, Patrizia* 
D'Alessandro, Antonino* 
Title: A Lightweight Prototype of a Magnetometric System for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Journal: Sensors 
Series/Report no.: /21 (2021)
Publisher: MDPI
Issue Date: 9-Jul-2021
DOI: 10.3390/s21144691
Keywords: UAV; airborne magnetometer; archaeology; controlling unit; magnetometry
Abstract: Detection of the Earth's magnetic field anomalies is the basis of many types of studies in the field of earth sciences and archaeology. These surveys require different ways to carry out the measures but they have in common that they can be very tiring or expensive. There are now several lightweight commercially available magnetic sensors that allow light-UAVs to be equipped to perform airborne measurements for a wide range of scenarios. In this work, the realization and functioning of an airborne magnetometer prototype were presented and discussed. Tests and measures for the validation of the experimental setup for some applications were reported. The flight sessions, appropriately programmed for different types of measurements, made it possible to evaluate the performance of this detection methodology, highlighting the advantages and drawbacks or limitations and future developments. From the results obtained it was possible to verify that the measurement system is capable of carrying out local and potentially archaeological magnetometric measurements with the necessary precautions.
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