Technical Glossary

UAV Keywords

  • SUA – Small Unmanned Aircraft – A SUA is defined as ‘any unmanned aircraft, other than a kite or balloon, with a mass of less than 20kg’ (, 2019).

  • Drone – A flying machine that can be remotely controlled through software-controlled flight plans in their embedded systems, utilising sensors and GPS.
  • UAV/UAS – Unmanned Aerial Vehicle/Unmanned Aerial System – An unmanned aerial vehicle is an aircraft without the need of a human pilot.

  • RPAS – Remotely Piloted Aerial System – An unmanned aircraft which is piloted from a remote pilot station, excluding model aircraft and toy aircraft.
  • ­Photogrammetry – Is the action of utilising photography in the surveying and mapping of distances between objects.
  • Points Clouds – Point clouds are used to create 3D models for metrology and quality inspection. Allowing for visualisation of landscapes and terrains.
  • Ortho-Images – A uniform-scale image which has been made to feature displacement such as building tilt, caused by terrain relief.
  • GIS Data – GIS is a framework for gathering and managing data in relation to spatial location and layers of information into 3D maps.
  • 3D Mesh – 3D Meshes utilise X, Y and Z axes to define shapes with height, width and depth.