Carleton University and Sander Geophysics are developing an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) for aeromagnetic surveying. As an early indication of the performance to expect from the UAS, a simulated UAS (sUAS) was built. The sUAS is a T-shaped structure suspended beneath a helicopter which has the same magnetometers and sensor geometry as planned for the UAS. A test survey was conducted using the simulated UAS and the total magnetic intensity (TMI) data recorded were compared to that obtained during a conventional regional fixed-wing survey and a ground survey. Transverse magneto-gradiometric data were also recorded by the sUAS.

Society of Exploration Geophysicists International Exposition and 81st Annual Meeting 2011, SEG 2011
Department of Earth Sciences

Caron, R. (Raymond), Samson, C, Straznicky, P. (Paul), Ferguson, S. (Stephen), Archer, R. (Reed), & Sander, L. (Luise). (2011). Magnetic and magneto-gradiometric surveying using a simulated unmanned aircraft system. In Society of Exploration Geophysicists International Exposition and 81st Annual Meeting 2011, SEG 2011 (pp. 861–865).