PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2021, Vol. 40 ›› Issue (9): 1451-1466.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2021.09.002

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Development of unmanned aerial vehicle cloud management system with the application of geographic information technology

TAN Junming1,2(), LIAO Xiaohan1,2,3,4,*()   

  1. 1. State Key Laboratory of Resources and Environment Information System, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
    2. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, China
    3. Institute of UAV Application Research, Tianjin and CAS, Tianjin 301800, China
    4. The Research Center for UAV Applications and Regulation, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
  • Received:2020-10-07 Revised:2021-03-24 Online:2021-09-28 Published:2021-09-28
  • Contact: LIAO Xiaohan;
  • Supported by:
    National Key Research and Development Program of China(2017YFB0503005);National Natural Science Foundation of China(41971359);National Natural Science Foundation of China(41771388);Tianjin Intelligent Manufacturing Project(Tianjin-IMP-2018-2)


The conflict between the thriving drone flight demand and the limited low-altitude airspace has become increasingly apparent. Countries of the world are advancing the research on unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) regulation policies and technical methods. Even in the U.S. Class G airspace that has the least restrictions, the authorities are considering implementing strict UAV regulation. The UAV cloud management system is a new type of digital supervision method, and its framework and technical roadmap have received extensive attention and research from Chinese and international researchers and regulatory authorities. As one of the applications of cloud management system, geographic information technology is specifically advantaged in the following aspects: Using the global navigation satellite system (GNSS) to achieve precise spatial positioning of UAVs; Using remote sensing (RS) technology to obtain information on geographic constraints that affect the flight safety of UAVs; Organize low-altitude geospatial data based on geographic information system (GIS) and construct low-altitude virtual geographic environment, and so on. This article combines the research progress of our team on low-altitude applications of UAVs and points out that geographic information technology can provide solutions for UAV operation management.

Key words: UAV, cloud management system, geographic information, GNSS, RS