The UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle/RPAS (Remote Piloted Aircraft Systems) will give an excellent opportunity to monitor various targets which are impossible or difficult to access from the ground. Compared to fixed-wing and helicopter-based platforms it will give advantages but also this technology has limitations. One limitation is the weight of the equipment and the short operational range and short flight time. Also valid procedures must be created for different solutions in the future. The most important thing, as in all infrared thermography applications, is the proper interpretation of results.
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T. Kauppinen, P.-E. Panouillot, S. Siikanen, E. Athanasakou, P. Baltas, B. Nikopoulous, "About infrared scanning of photovoltaic solar plant," Proc. SPIE 9485, Thermosense: Thermal Infrared Applications XXXVII, 948517 (12 May 2015);