UAV mapping in Ethiopia - Looking for Malaria Hotspots

During our latest mission, we went to Ethiopia to map malaria hotspots. The idea is to look for small water bodies which in the dry season are a source for mosquitos and their larvae. From these hotspots, the mosquitos spread in the rainy season all over the region, and if infected by the malaria parasite can do a lot of damage to the local community. I have done several demonstration flights and trained local students on how to operate the UAV.  During one mission we can map an area of 2km2 on a resolution of 7cm. The plane is an USENSE-X8 running APM2.5 with 10000Mah 3S batteries on a 900kv motor and a 13*8 prop. The camera is a canon s100, running CDHK which we trigger via USB. The imagery were processed using a Pix4D discovery license, which is free, and which create wonderful fly-throughs. I am especially happy with the way Pix4D is processing the 3D structure of vegetation. Much better than other SfM software I have seen thus far.

Now the students are processing all the imagery and looking into performing these flights on their own. This project is part of a series of development projects funded by the Flemish government (VLIR-UOS) where universities of Belgium collaborate with institutes in the South to exchange knowledge with each other. 

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Comment by Patrick Meier on February 12, 2015 at 2:42am

Nice job, Dries, you should shared this with the UAViators-Core Team.

Comment by Patrick Egan on February 12, 2015 at 6:45am
Great! We need pilots like you. Pls make sure to sign up at
Comment by Dries Raymaekers on February 14, 2015 at 6:13am

I will do both.. thanks for the suggestion! 


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