Etosha National Park, Namibia, adds more to its Anti-Poaching UAV Arsonal.

After after almost 9 months of application of the SurVoyeur MKII UAV system in the Etosha National Park here in Namibia, The Park and Ministry have added further to their capabilities. Two more Pilots have also completed there training this week, each on both the SurVoyeur MKI and MKII systems. This will enable the Park to fly simultaneous flights in separate areas, day and night if required. The fully automated systems have day and night ( Thermal) imagers and the full autonomy in launch, flight, target designate and track, as well as autolanding, ensure the best survivability in this harsh environment.

Pilot effort in flight control and management is also vastly reduced, a huge plus in the National Parks.

The preceding 9 months of system use has shown many successes and preemptive flights have been shown to act as strong deterrent to would be undesirables, leading to the latest additions.

Congrats to the two new Pilots , Shayne and Isaskar, and their new systems!


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Comment by Antonie Kruger on September 11, 2014 at 9:58am

Job well done:))

Comment by Gary Mortimer on September 11, 2014 at 1:27pm

African solutions for African problems. Well done Joe.

Comment by mP1 on September 11, 2014 at 8:11pm

Congrats, must be the best use of drones by a big margin i think ive seen here.

Comment by Gisela & Joe Noci on September 11, 2014 at 11:24pm

Thanks Guys..

Need to find a way to make these things Mate now...



Comment by Brewski850 on September 12, 2014 at 1:25am

My wife & I just returned from Sth Luangwa Nat PK in Zambia. This place is totally wild with fantastic range of animals & no fencing. The rangers patrol for poachers using 4WDs & also use a light plane.  Both methods very expensive to run. Maybe you can suggest the drone surveillance to local authorities.


Comment by Andrew Tridgell on September 12, 2014 at 3:12am

great stuff!

Do you do on-board processing of the images, or do you send them to the GCS for analysis?

Cheers, Tridge

Comment by Gary Mortimer on September 12, 2014 at 3:38am

Hoping you can join us next time we have a chat about these things Joe, I am off to the pub to start setting up this afternoons chats about conservation tasks. I will video each talk and put them up if they are any good ;-) (mine won't be)

Comment by Michael Johnston on September 12, 2014 at 6:37am

African solutions for global problems (!!)

Comment by Mark Steyn on September 12, 2014 at 7:51am

Congratulations. Amazing work.

Comment by Hugues on September 12, 2014 at 8:41am

GG ! Very nice fixed wings too. What's this V tail model ?


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