UAS To Help Stop Poaching in Africa

March 24, 2015

 

Spanish engineers have developed a UAS for use in African National Parks to help rangers monitor Rhinos and other wildlife that are at risk of poaching. The fixed wing aircraft is equipped with a thermal camera to detect poachers at night. The system uses autopilot and GPS to run missions and locate poachers. 388 rhinos were killed in 2012, up from 122 in 2012.  Rhino horn is an unproven delicacy in traditional Asian medicine. Using UAS is much cheaper and easier to maintain than a fleet of helicopters and planes. UAS allow rangers to cheaply and quickly survey their parks for poachers at a fraction of the cost of helicopters. Kenya is currently using drones designed by a US Company to combat poachers, and the Spanish engineers hope to bring their UAS to use in Ethiopia, Rwanda, and South Africa. Elsewhere in Nepal and Namibia the World Wildlife Fund is testing the use of UAS with a $5 million grant from Google.

 

Sources: NBC News Reuters

 

Please reload

Archive
Please reload

Please reload

Recent Posts

Beastmode Quadcopter by Freefly Systems

September 16, 2019

1/6
Please reload

Featured Posts
Drone 55 square logo - Aerial Cinematography, Aerial Photography, Aerial Data Acquisition
  • instagram_logo_2016
  • Facebook Black Square
  • Twitter Black Square
  • Vimeo Basic Black
  • LinkedIn Black Square

© 2013 Drone 55, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Drone 55 and all related titles and logos are registered trademarks of Drone 55, Inc.