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Building a Drone for ecology work.

Started this discussion. Last reply by RM Aviation Aug 1. 22 Replies

Does anyone have any experience / tips for building and using a drone for ecological work? I'm looking to use it ideally for the following; tree surveys, wetland identifications (potential…Continue

 

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RM Aviation replied to Richard Morrissey's discussion Building a Drone for ecology work.
"It certainly was David, thanks for bringing it to our attention."
Aug 1

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DavidJames replied to Richard Morrissey's discussion Building a Drone for ecology work.
"This post by William Darry appears to be a spam post."
Aug 1
Ronald Pandolfi replied to Richard Morrissey's discussion Building a Drone for ecology work.
"When we are thinking of taking on a new challenge, we often engage in a fact finding mission. You could do the same by joining one of our teams in operating drones for conservation or counter poaching."
Jul 27
John C. replied to Richard Morrissey's discussion Building a Drone for ecology work.
"Get a hold of @dronecology on Twitter."
Jul 25
Andreas Gazis replied to Richard Morrissey's discussion Building a Drone for ecology work.
"If you want to get the personal satisfaction and have the time and money, I would suggest you build both a multi and a fixed wing.You will have fun, you will learn a lot and you might even survive. Having said that, my personal opinion is that by…"
Jul 25
iSkyMaster replied to Richard Morrissey's discussion Building a Drone for ecology work.
Jul 25
Brian Riskas replied to Richard Morrissey's discussion Building a Drone for ecology work.
"Richard- You should try to figure out what sensor loadout you need and then try to build a vehicle around that. Fixed wings can and do work well in wind, as David says above. Rotary wing craft are very nice because as you know, they can take off and…"
Jul 24

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DavidJames replied to Richard Morrissey's discussion Building a Drone for ecology work.
"Richard, Fixed wing drones do work well with winds.   They cruise at about 12 meters per second.  They can fly for more than an hour.   You get nice evenly timed photos with the survey pattern setup to fly across wind and always…"
Jul 24
Will Masters replied to Richard Morrissey's discussion Building a Drone for ecology work.
"In re choice of multirotor v fixed wing airframe, I think your primary consideration has to do with the scope of your intended remote sensing project. Multirotors are best suited generally for smaller sites (tens of acres per flight) whereas fixed…"
Jul 24
Richard Morrissey replied to Richard Morrissey's discussion Building a Drone for ecology work.
"Apologies for the delayed response I was out of town for work and I appreciate everyone's feed back.  @OG - I definitely wont be using the drone for spraying or anything agricultural/food. So i'm not worried about poisons but the…"
Jul 24
OG replied to Richard Morrissey's discussion Building a Drone for ecology work.
"That is a good looking rig verry nice, what your cost on it ?"
Jul 22
Andreas Gazis replied to Richard Morrissey's discussion Building a Drone for ecology work.
"At this stage you need to identify your long term goal and budget. If your goal is only to get data, then buy something ready made. If your goal is to learn how data is collected then the time you spend making and breaking things is invaluable. Once…"
Jul 21
iSkyMaster replied to Richard Morrissey's discussion Building a Drone for ecology work.
"Sorry, Richard, I have decided to eat some popcorn and watch the debate between the masters. I reserve the right to chime in at the end :))"
Jul 21
Ronald Pandolfi replied to Richard Morrissey's discussion Building a Drone for ecology work.
"At Kashmir World Foundation, we help people design, build, operate, and maintain drones for ecology, conservation, and counter poaching applications. You will have a drone that you can customize and optimize for your application."
Jul 20
Brian Riskas replied to Richard Morrissey's discussion Building a Drone for ecology work.
"I tend to agree with OG, you are better off buying a ready made system. We built a large X8 a few years ago for agricultural spraying because we couldn't find anything on the market that would suit our needs. We ended up with a pretty nice unit…"
Jul 20

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DavidJames replied to Richard Morrissey's discussion Building a Drone for ecology work.
"Event 38 has a fixed wing agricultural drone package.    It doesn't support the payload weights you are after but it would allow you to prototype the system operation.   I have found their fixed wing drones to be quite…"
Jul 20

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Interested in starting drone use at work for field work and data collection.
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