The Horus Project is a "Do It Yourself" drone project. The drone is used for surveying purposes. An airplane radio controlled model, is automated to fly a route defined by GPS waypoints. On each waypoint of the route, a high resolution picture is taken from the on board digital camera.
The UAV itself is a modified MovieStar beginner model from Multiplex:
View of the payload compartment.
In flight: see the camera hole on the bottom of the fuselage.
Back from mission in manually controlled flight.
Aerial pictures taken in France during a test flight in April 2006 are integrated in the topographical Map using a http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GIS
and the picture set ortho-rectified and placed over the topographic map of the region. The GIS used here is Savane:
The typical ground station view showing telemetry feedback during an automatic flight. The MovieStar is currently flying 858m over sea level:
The complete electronic of the system. From left to right: