Advanced coastal drone missions

This course introduces students to Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) operations using rotary drones including the DJI Matrice 600 quadcopter and the Sensefly eBeeSQ fixed wing drones.mi-600Our third year pilots have a log book beginning to bulge with commercial flight time. This year they are assigned the task of carrying out two kinds of missions. The first kind of mission is aerial photography for local city and watershed managers.  Students learn to program and use these flight platforms in this operations course.

The second type of mission is the study of fisheries and wildlife distribution where we conduct low altitude, precision flying, aerial photography, and videography revolving around the programming of an autopilot program called Litchi. We focus on whales and salmon.

This course introduces students to advanced unmanned aerial systems (UAS) mission planning and operation, as they progress to higher level simulation and mission planning/ execution. Lab/Field: Student teams launch, recover and maintain advanced Unmanned Aerial Systems. Current projects are underway and planned in wetlands restoration monitoring, seagrass bed mapping, whale and salmon observation.

Author: Dr. Chuck Getter

Nationally certified drone coach and instructor. Co-developed NOAA's ESI coastal mapping method. 25,000 miles mapped so far.

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