Articles | Volume 10, issue 1
Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 10, 101–112, 2021
Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 10, 101–112, 2021

Research article 19 May 2021

Research article | 19 May 2021

Magnetic interference mapping of four types of unmanned aircraft systems intended for aeromagnetic surveying

Loughlin E. Tuck et al.

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This paper presents a novel method for locating magnetic interference sources on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) destined for aeromagnetic surveys. The technique is demonstrated in an indoor laboratory, whereas most magnetic mapping has previously been done outdoors, and is performed on four different types of UAS with their motors engaged. Sources are discussed on each UAS platform but can also be used as a point of reference for typical components that cause interference.