Unmanned aircraft systems provide an alternative platform for observing, monitoring, and measuring focal targets. They fill the gap between satellite and manned aircraft imagery and ground-based observations. Aerial platforms efficiently cover large areas of land, particularly when ground operations are difficult or dangerous, such as in the Everglades. Unmanned aircraft provide a method of obtaining aerial imagery without the added risk of putting a human life in the air. An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Florida, with funding from various agencies over the years, have developed several small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) designed specifically as low-cost, autonomous, aerial imaging tools for ecological research and monitoring.
- Rapid Deployment
- Real Time Data
- Amphibious Operation in Rugged Terrain
- High Accuracy, High Resolution Imagery
- Autonomous Flight Operation