New Anti-Poaching Video Surveillance sUAS for Nepal

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Comment by lianpinkoh on October 27, 2013 at 12:19pm

More about this video: ConservationDrones.org has been working closely with WWF Nepal for the past year or so. One of our long-term goals is to reduce training time for new drone operators. After several months of development and testing, Simon Wunderlin (one of our Technical Directors), arrived at a neat solution based on the ‘Caipirinha’ airframe from Team Black Sheep (which we nicknamed ’Caipy‘). The Caipy hits the sweet spot between sophistication and simplicity. This anti-poaching video surveillance drone weighs only 650 g including battery and a GoPro 3 camera. Not only is this light-weight drone easy to launch and land (fully autonomously), but it is also extremely safe and resilient against hard landings due to its low inertia. Our Nepali trainees particularly like that they can launch the Caipy using most android devices running the Andropilot app, which allows them to ‘leap frog’ the drone from check-point to check-point without a radio transmitter. We were able to get 20-25 minutes flight on on a single battery (15-20 km range at a cruise speed of 13 m/s). See: Photo gallery

Comment by LanMark on October 27, 2013 at 1:03pm
Very nice work.
Comment by David on October 27, 2013 at 9:13pm

Great use of the technology.  In the video, I don't see a traditional radio Tx but one that looks like a game controller.  Is it used to fly the drone manually and what freq does it use?  I like the idea of keeping things simple and that is the simplest controller I've seen.

Comment by Simon Wunderlin on October 28, 2013 at 3:46am

Hi. The transmitter I have used on these UAVs is a Multiplex Smart-SX. It is traditional TX technology but with an new, integrated antenna and this "game-controller" form-factor. It's easier to hold than a traditional TX and the lack of antenna is already one piece less to break (important in the field). It works on the 2.4GHz band.

Best

-S

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