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For what reason are you planning on surveying? I'm sorry, I may have missed the context for your post on surveying.
 
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I have a few reasons:
1. build a more accurate model (DEM or similar) of the land elevation as a function of position, so as to derive contour lines, find keylines and similar.
2. determine positions of dugout boundaries at various states of fill.
3. determine positions of posts, poles and trees.
4. other stuff.

I have a handheld GPS, but it simply has to imprecise data to be more than a help with things.  In order to keep the water in my body from absorbing satellite signals, I usually tape my GPS onto a baseball hat, and wear it on my head.  This also tends to keep the GPS in a constant (almost horizontal) plane, and oriented along the track (if I don't move my head around).

I plan to put GPS and a depth sounder on a RC boat, so having boundaries at various fills will help with making a model (inverse DEM) of the depth of the dugout.

If I have a picture from one orientation where I cannot see where a tree becomes part of the surface, and another where I can see where the tree joins the surface, I may be able to derive elevation data for where the tree joins the surface.  Most of my land has a 7-10% north facing slope.  A corner of my land has a steeper east facing slope.

Managing how frost flows across the landscape is needed, especially at harvest time.
 
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Unrelated (to cameras on a tethered balloon, fixed wing UAV or drone UAV).

Can a person "generalize" phased array ultrasound to the production of sound fields meant to dissuade deer?  The idea being is that if a deer is detected (motion detector of some kind) in some direction at some range, can a person ave emitted sub-audible sounds from many directions in the vicinity, that all come "in phase" in the vicinity of the deer?
 
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How far is the nearest airport? It doesn't look like Canada's UAV regulations are too harsh. If you could get a small drone then you could pretty easily create a DEM of your land. I think that would be the easiest option, the balloon idea could work but it would be a lot tougher to get consistent photos.
 
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Even the furthest point on my farm from the airport, is within restricted airspace.

I have no problem with a tethered balloon.  The robot on the ground will know where it is (GPS), the balloon will know where it is.  I hope to set up a GPS base station and do real time kinematic, so I should be able to get to 10cm or less.

Now, if my neighbours want access to the RTK information, that might be something else.
 
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I see, that's a bummer!
 
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