"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."
"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…"
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…"
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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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."
"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…"
"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…"