Model airplane used to monitor rainforests - conservation drones take flight →

climateadaptation:

“”The main goal of this project is to develop low-cost Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) that every conservation biologist in the tropics can use for surveying forests and biodiversity,” said Koh via email. “Drones are already being used for many purposes including the military, agriculture, and even in Hollywood for filming. But they are still not commonly used for conservation purposes.”

The reason, says Koh, is the high cost of commercial systems, which can run $10,000-50,000. Koh’s first drone cost less than $2,000 and can be carried in a backpack.”

Read more: Mongabay

(via emergentfutures)

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    I’m glad to see a military device is being used for something good other than destroying things
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    I wonder… Could we build a $3k UAV like this one but with a solar panel a lot it’s wingspan?
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  23. clayalchemist said: Great news to know they are embracing a new technology which will help them in the long run extend how much information they can gather :)
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