Magnetic surveying with a new high-precision fluxgate magnetometer on a rotary-wing unmanned aircraft system

Balch Exploration Consulting Inc. (BECI) develops low cost geophysical survey solutions to the natural resources sector. They are investing in the development of a rotary-wing unmanned aircraft system (UAS) with a new high-precision fluxgate magnetometer. The general objective of this internship is to develop a rotary-wing UAS for aeromagnetic surveying. Specific objectives are to: assemble a rotary-wing UAS with an autopilot system; integrate the fluxgate magnetometer onto the UAS; characterize the magnetic signature of the UAS and its onboard components; perform an aeromagnetic demonstration survey; and process, analyze, and display the survey results. The project deliverables are a functioning rotary-wing UAS capable of acquiring high quality magnetic

Michael Cunningham
Faculty Supervisor: 
Claire Samson
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