Our Remotely Piloted Aircraft

One of our fixed wing RPAs (above left) produces photogrammetry of coastal villages, seagrasses and forests. The other creates survey-grade photomosaic maps to precisely pinpoint edges in the battles of coastal erosion and sea level rise. Click here for a video on these RPAs.

Fixed wing RPA are great tools for mapping man-made environments, including coastal towns, marinas, and contamination events.


USING ROTARY RPAs FOR WETLANDS

Rotary RPAs provide amazing low altitude detail for areas like marsh restoration sites (below).mi-600

Our DJI M-600 collects data even in light to medium gusts, which is important, considering where we work.

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MODELING, MAPPING, THE CLOUD, AND A POWERFUL COMPUTER

Students produce photomosaics, vegetation maps and models. ¬†Pictured below, from top to bottom: topographic model of “Three Brothers” rocks in Siletz Bay, Siletz blueberry farm, topo map of proposed new Taft High School property, Phase II Y-27 wetland restoration site on Yaquina Bay estuary, seagrass atlas (below right- green is a seagrass bed; yellow is a sand flat; and red is a tidal channel), and a floodplain north of Siletz.


In our collaborator’s words, “Coastal Drone Academy is a model example of how high schools across America can implement successful career and technical education programs with successful student outcomes, and USI is honored to be a part of their story.”¬†USI


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