GPS and a Real-Time Situational Display
In this chapter, I will discuss a GPS-based location system that is easily carried aloft by an Elev-8 or other quadcopters with similar lifting capacity. The system will transmit its data to a ground station where the quadcopter’s position, speed, course, and altitude will be visible on a small display. The coordinates could also be entered into a laptop in order to display the quadcopter’s position in the Google Earth application. This system, together with the First-Person Video system described in the next chapter will be used to accurately determine the quadcopter’s location and to view the environment in real time.
We will begin with a short history of the Global ...