Drone flyby reveals ancient village buried in New Mexico

An interesting article on Mother Nature Network "Thermal images captured by a small drone allowed archaeologists to peer under the surface of the New Mexican desert floor, revealing never-before-seen structures in an ancient Native American settlement." (See article for more)

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Comment by Tom Mahood on April 13, 2014 at 9:46am

Here's a link to the full journal article. It has a lot more info on the project, and more of interest to us, the flying and imaging hardware.

Comment by Gary McCray on April 13, 2014 at 10:04am

Hi Oliver,

Excellent and appropriate use of  a multicopter.

Just wish those FLIR cameras weren't so expensive.

Best Regards,

Gary

Comment by Pedals2Paddles on April 13, 2014 at 12:08pm

And tomorrow, the FAA will send him a nasty letter and attempt to fine him for violating their non-existent regulations.

Comment by Sam Curcio on April 13, 2014 at 4:43pm

And, the Gestapo boldly remarked, "Dr. Jones, you do not seem to have the proper documents to conduct those flybys."

Comment by Ken Gaines on April 13, 2014 at 6:36pm

This is REALLY cool and represents EXACTLY the kind of stuff I want to do with my UAVs! GREAT WORK!!!!!

Comment by Jack Crossfire on April 14, 2014 at 5:13pm

That's a real FLIR Tau 2 640x512 30fps cam with wide angle lens, not a hacked point & shoot.  It costs mega bucks & isn't exported.

Comment by Ken Gaines on April 14, 2014 at 5:21pm

ANYTHING FLIR is gonna be expen$ive. I'd love to get one. My wife would kill me THEN divorce me if I spent that kind of cash on a FLIR system.

Comment by Ken Gaines on April 15, 2014 at 6:27am

ANYTHING FLIR is gonna be expen$ive. I'd love to get one. My wife would kill me THEN divorce me if I spent that kind of cash on a FLIR system.

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