For the purpose of flying drone in accordance to local laws, I need to enter a local permanent "no fly" zone, defined by an area limited by 10-15 GPS points. How to do that?

asked 06 May, 13:17

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Data from the OpenStreetMap project has many uses and users, and it is not immediately obvious which one of these you are asking about. Could you be a bit more specific?

(06 May, 13:40) turepalsson

I want to mark an area on the map, it can be any area, doesnt matter where it is, in terms like are there any buildings, roads, rivers, just any area... So, a government declares these "no fly" zones for drones, where you need various permissions to fly drones over it. These are usually around airports, government and security related buildings, high profile infrastructure objects, etc...

Some of these zones are defined as an "area defined by the following GPS coordinates (X1,Y1), (X2,Y2), (X3,Y3), ... (Xn,Yn)", and when you connect the dots, you get a shape of a no fly area. Some are defined as "100/300/500m away from the object". Some are defind like "500 away from object and 3000m above it" (so if you fly 3001m above the object, you are not in a no fly zone.

I hope its clearer now...

(06 May, 16:53) obucinac

A quick google search tells me that these no fly zone should not be mapped in OSM (wiki). The point is that it is not verifiable on the ground.

This (old) article list a number of projects computing these zones from OSM data.


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answered 06 May, 23:47

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I agree with H_mlet's answer that this data should probably not be stored in the OSM database.

A tool like umap, or a software package like QGIS (admittedly overkill) might be used to visualise the data without storing it in the global database.

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answered 07 May, 05:11

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As long as there are signs in the fields to support the figurative borderline, you could add it, but how to control the height of the rule ? I don’t expect it to be for miles. For instance, if you buy a kite or drone there will be a printed lawful remark stay below 100 m or alike. Based on the fact that airplanes should not fly lower then 300 m. But I follow H_let in this don’t add it other wise.

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answered 08 May, 10:26

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