This sub-section will be dedicated to the actual operation of a UAV. The idea is to provide a summary of the important points to consider prior to flight, during flight and after flight (Mesas-Carrascosa et al., 2015). Experiences gained during UAV operations within the STARS project will form the basis of this sub-section.
The success of a UAV campaign is, to a very large extent, dependent on pre-flight planning. UAVs normally come with “mission planner” applications that can make this step relatively easy. This stage allow you to plan the whole flight mission by selecting and defining important parameters required for a successful campaign. Gaining a better understanding of these parameters will help you make the best decisions. Therefore, this section is going to detail some of the important pre-flight preparations required to achieve success in UAV operation. Most of the information are based on the experiences of experts in the STARS project. The section has been developed around four main sub-sections.