World class small enterprise map production performance in Namibia.

Last Friday I had fun witnessing Diether Engelhard and Andreas Breitenstein pulling off four 1hr flawess flights in one day with their APM1 equipped X8 to map some 900 hectares of farmlands in Namibia. The X8 covered a total distance of 240km to provide high resloution aerial imagery - altogether some 9000 20MP images captured with a Samsung NX 1000 camera. This is a classic example of how small, private sector enterprise entrepreneurism and initiative can lead a country to self sufficiency in mapping. Instead of procuring in the expensive coorporate international markets, often advantaged by donor country governments or international finance institutions, Namibia can now turn to it's very own small enterprises to intelligently update and enhance geo-spatial information as and where needed. The true agents of technology transfer, innovative applications and capacity building in the developing world are unfortunately all too often overlooked by the international development sector. 

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Comment by Chris Anderson on November 30, 2014 at 10:31pm

I've still got an APM 1-powered X8, too! As long as it's the Atmega2560-chip version, it works great with the current code.

Comment by Andrew Rabbitt on December 1, 2014 at 3:44am

Nice work!

Just as well it is APM1, since the US government thinks you'd be dangerous with anything faster!  Aren't you glad the authorities have your best interests at heart? ;)

Comment by Jaques Viljoen on December 2, 2014 at 7:48am

Excellent application of technology :-)

Comment by Wessie on December 4, 2014 at 3:30am

Good one guys, keep it up!


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