THE GYRO PROJECT

Fred Sigernes1, Matteo Ottaviani 1, Bjørn Sæther 2

1 University Courses on Svalbard (UNIS), Box 156, N-9171 Longyearbyen, Norway.
2 STATOIL, Arkitekt Ebbelsvei 10, Rotvoll 7005 Trondheim, Norway.

ABSTRACT

The goal of the Gyro project was to assemble a mobile 3D-gyroscope integrated with a standard GPS (Global Positioning System) as a support to airborne photography of the ground. Both position, current speed, flying altitude etc. detected by the GPS and the pointing direction data obtained from the gyro system are gathered in order to map the image onto a 3-D terrain model (SVALSIM). The development of proper software tools was required to display the information on a portable PC. Attention was paid in choosing low-cost components and simple, functional design. As a result, two different systems were assembled and tested. These pages describes the systems and the software developed.