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International Journal of Geophysics
Volume 2016, Article ID 4098275, 7 pages
Research Article

Reducing Magnetic Noise of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for High-Quality Magnetic Surveys

Vernadsky State Geological Museum, Russian Academy of Sciences, 11/11 Mokhovaya Street, Moscow 125009, Russia

Received 23 November 2015; Revised 15 February 2016; Accepted 15 February 2016

Academic Editor: Jean-Pierre Burg

Copyright © 2016 Boris Sterligov and Sergei Cherkasov. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The use of light and ultralight unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for magnetic data acquisition can be efficient for resolving multiple geological and engineering tasks including geological mapping, ore deposits’ prospecting, and pipelines’ monitoring. The accuracy of the aeromagnetic data acquired using UAV depends mainly on deviation noise of electric devices (engine, servos, etc.). The goal of this research is to develop a nonmagnetic unmanned aerial platform (NUAP) for high-quality magnetic surveys. Considering parameters of regional and local magnetic survey, a fixed-wing UAV suits geological tasks better for plain area and copter type for hills and mountains. Analysis of the experimental magnetic anomalies produced by a serial light fixed-wing UAV and subsequent magnetic and aerodynamic modeling demonstrates a capacity of NUAP with internal combustion engine carrying an atomic magnetic sensor mounted on the UAV wings to facilitate a high-quality magnetic survey.