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ConservationDrones Flight School

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The ConservationDrones team is planning to run occasional, centralized training workshops on the use of conservation drones — our very own flight school! Visit this page for more information, and to register your interest.

Conservation Drones featured in Conservation Biology Textbook

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The latest edition of Primack’s Essentials of Conservation Biology is out. And it contains a feature on Conservation Drones! We are a step closer to our vision of making conservation drones a part… Continue reading

Conservation drones for seabird monitoring

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A research team led by Jarrod Hodgson and Rohan Clarke from Monash University is partnering with ConservationDrones to use UAVs for seabird monitoring. Jarrod and Rohan have just returned from a successful trip to… Continue reading

FFI Conservation Drone in ULU MASEN

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ConservationDrones.org is proud to help kick-start Fauna and Flora International‘s conservation drone program in Aceh.

Behind-the-scenes look at a three-day drone building party

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The four directors of ConservationDrones.org physically met for the first time the weekend before Christmas 2013 to build 10 conservation drones ‘Caipy’ for WWF. We spent two days to complete the builds and… Continue reading

That time National Geographic followed ConservationDrones to the field

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(Click here for the National Geographic article accompanying the video clip)

A drone’s-eye view of conservation

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ConservationDrones.org is among 100 of the world’s most inspiring social tech ventures

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ConservationDrones is proud to be among the Nominet Trust 100 of the world’s most inspiring social innovations using digital technology, together with other social ventures such as BitTorrent, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Github, Ushahidi, Kickstarter,… Continue reading

Second anti-poaching video drone for Nepal

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ConservationDrones.org‘s latest UAVs were recently deployed in Chitwan National Park in Nepal. We featured one of them, the Caipy video drone, in our last post (850 mm wingspan). Here is its big brother,… Continue reading

New Anti-Poaching Video Surveillance Drones for Nepal

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ConservationDrones.org has been working closely with WWF Nepal for the past year or so, supported by the WWF AREAS Programme. One of our long-term goals is to reduce training time for new drone… Continue reading

Conservation Drones over Barro Colorado Island, Panama

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Lian Pin Koh (ConservationDrones.org) and Brenden Duffy (FlightRiot.com) went on a trip to Barro Colorado Island, Panama, upon the invitation of Dr. Helene Muller-Landau from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. We brought two units of… Continue reading

Girls, boys and their toys!

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Simon Wunderlin, the Technical Director of ConservationDrones.org, has been testing several new airframes for the next generation of our drones. This work is funded by WWF Netherlands/International. We are developing this new system… Continue reading

Tropical Montane Forests

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DEVELOPING A NEW CONSERVATION DRONE

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ConservationDrones.org recently received a small grant from WWF to develop a rugged drone for use in difficult terrain and landing conditions. This is just a teaser of one of the airframes in testing… Continue reading

Conservation Drones used in fight against destruction of elephant habitats in Sumatra

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Fast forward to 5:50 for part on drone use.

High Altitude Flight Test

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ConservationDrones.org tested the vertical limit of the Techpod in open ocean and 30-40 km per hour wind conditions. We were aiming to reach 1 km above sea level. But the motor gave up… Continue reading

Marine Conservation Drones

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ConservationDrones.org went to Glover’s Reef in Belize upon the invitation of the Belize Fisheries Department and Wildlife Conservation Society. We explored the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for supporting enforcement of marine conservation… Continue reading

Eye in the sky quadcopter drone in Aras Napal, Sumatra, Indonesia

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*Unedited raw video footage See: http://ConservationDrones.org

Drone footage of fire aftermath in peatlands of Tripa, Sumatra, Indonesia

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*Unedited raw video footage This video was from a short drone flight last year (2012) in the peatlands of Tripa. It shows burnt areas cleared for new oil palm plantations. This drone mission… Continue reading

Drone flight over orangutan re-introduction site in Jantho, Aceh

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*Unedited raw video footage Drone operator: Graham Usher from Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme Drone: Raptor with APM Read about the efforts of the SOCP at re-introducing orangutans: http://www.orangutan.com/from-the-forest-jantho-aceh-besar-sumatra-2011/

Conservation Drones in Scotland

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ResearchDrones and ConservationDrones recently went to the amazingly beautiful Caerlaverock wetland area in Scotland. We were helping the Scottish Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust explore the potential of conservation drones for their conservation work.… Continue reading

Droning in Cambodia: Training Birdlife, ELIE, CI & WCS

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Simon Wunderli from ResearchDrones and Serge Wich from ConservationDrones were in Cambodia in April 2013 for BirdLife, Elephants Livelihood Environment Initiative (ELIE), Conservation International (CI) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Featuring the ResearchDrones… Continue reading

3D Model of Oil Palm Landscape created with Drone Imagery

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3D model and fly-through created by Serge Wich using PIX4D and ESRI 3D ArcScene. Drone Imagery from Keeyen Pang. This is a 3D model animation of an oil palm mosaic in Sabah. A… Continue reading

Tiger Drone Test Flight Video

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Airframe: Finwing Universeye Penguin Autopilot: APM 2.5+ with Power module GPS: 3DR LEA 6 Telemetry: 3DR 915 Mhz Motor: Finwing stock M2220 1350kv Propeller: Master Airscrew 3-bladed 9 x 7 Pusher ESC: Finwing… Continue reading

Princeton Tiger Drone!

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Lian Pin has just moved to New Jersey to begin his year-long sabbatical at Princeton University, his alma mater. He has just finished building the first Conservation Drone in America, which is called… Continue reading

Oil Palm Landscape Mapped by Drone

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Keeyen (our Asia team member) used his Skywalker 1900 equipped with an APM 2 and Canon S100 to map an oil palm estate owned by a friend. Keeyen’s Skywalker was able to track… Continue reading

A Story About Madagascar From Aboard A Drone

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This is a 15-minute short film about Zuzana’s journey across parts of Madagascar with a drone, shining a spotlight on environmental and livelihood issues on the red island. It is a fascinating and… Continue reading

Madagascar Drone Missions

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Madagascar Team Leader and Drone operator: Zuzana Burivalova (PhD candidate) Applied Ecology & Conservation Lab, ETH Zurich With support from: Dr Martin Bauert, ZOO Zurich Wildlife Conservation Society Madagascar Madagascar National Parks Tom… Continue reading

Video diary: Drone training in Odzala, Congo

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0:36 Mission planning 1:32 Takeoff 1:46 On-board cam takeoff 2:08 low flyby 2:53 Landing 3:47 Auto take off from platform 4:40 Spotting fires 5:40 Landing 6:17 Debriefing 6:47 Elephant pictures   Video editing by Simon Wunderli (ResearchDrones.com)

Thanks for supporting Conservation Drones in 2012!

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2012 Annual Report for ConservationDrones.org Some excerpts: ConservationDrones.org had 49,000 views in 2012. The busiest day of the year was May 29th with 4,416 views. Our visitors came from 158 countries in all! Most visitors came… Continue reading

Night Vision Conservation Drones

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Over the last week, ResearchDrones.com and ConservationDrones.org conducted a series of tests of low cost thermal imaging cameras. Models tested: 1. FLIR HS-324 Patrol 19mm Thermal camera (320 x 240 res) (link) 2. NEC… Continue reading

Atlantic Ocean, SWAT Team and Conservation Drones

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A fitting last post for what has been a most exciting 2012, which saw the founding of ConservationDrones.org and ResearchDrones.com, hundreds of successful drone missions in Asia and Africa (and a couple of… Continue reading

Launch of new ResearchDrones/ConservationDrones in Odzala National Park, Congo

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After traveling thousands of miles by air, a 16-h “road” trip and surviving 3 flat tires, Remo Peduzzi and Simon Wunderli from ResearchDrones personally brought our brand new WHITE Maja drones to conservation… Continue reading

Conservation Drone in Loango, Gabon

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Sander van Andel (Max Planck Institute) flies Conservation Drone Maja in Loango National Park, Gabon, capturing turtle nests on the beach (first ever coastal mission!), forest buffaloes and chimpanzee nests (with a marker). Loangodrone flight overview… Continue reading

Flight Animation with synchronized video

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If you are using a GoPro HD camera, or any non-GPS enabled video camera, you can use a new web service, GPS4Sport.com, which allows for the synchronization of your APM log (in GPX format)… Continue reading

Video of drone flight over Sepilok forest for tree ecology

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Video of conservation drone flight over Sepilok by ecologist, Chris Kettle. This is a Conservation Drone 1.0 (Bixler prototype) carrying a Canon IXUS 220 camera (video mode)

Lian Pin speaking about Conservation Drones at 2012 WWF Fuller Symposium, Washington DC

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How to land a Conservation Drone in small spaces

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Updates from our Conservation Drones Asia Team (Keeyen and his son, and Wee Siong) who is helping ecologist Chris Kettle to conduct drone surveys over forests in Sepilok, Sabah (Borneo). (Link to Keeyen’s… Continue reading

Conservation Drones Among World Changing Ideas 2012

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Conservation Drones used in fight for orangutan survival

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Fly Through 3D Digital Forest

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3D forest model of a transect in Sumatra, Indonesia, based on aerial images acquired by Conservation Drones. Data processing by Dronemapper.com. Animation by Ervine Lin of ETH Future Cities Laboratory (futurecities.ethz.ch).

Discussion Forum and Seminars

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Forum Upon requests from some colleagues and friends, we have now put up a Forum page for general discussions on hardware, software, and other topics concerning Conservation Drones. I hope all of you… Continue reading

Conservation Drones MAJA Edition

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Over the last few weeks, ConservationDrones.org has been collaborating with Remo Peduzzi and Simon Wunderlin (from ResearchDrones LLC) to develop the next generation of drones for conservation applications. Remo and Simon bring with… Continue reading

Training of Nepali Park Protection Personnel on use of Conservation Drones to stop wildlife crime

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Collage of Orangutan Nests

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Collage of Orangutan Nests, a set on Flickr. This is a photo-collage of ~35 orangutan nests in SE Asian rain forests taken by cameras on board Conservation Drones. We are collaborating with colleagues… Continue reading

Conservation Drones teams up with DroneMapper!

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Yes! We have teamed up with DroneMapper.com. DroneMapper operates an innovative SaaS system which allows drone pilots to manage their flight data, build beautiful geo-referenced orthomosaic maps, DEMs and 3D models from aerial… Continue reading

High resolution composite image of Zurich Zoo’s new elephant enclosure under construction

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This is an 18-photo composite image of Zurich Zoo’s new elephant enclosure. Aerial photographs were taken by a camera on board an autonomous Conservation Drone 2.0 that was flying at a speed of… Continue reading

Next Gen Conservation Drone under testing

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We are experimenting with several different airframes for the next fleet of Conservation Drones. One of these models is the X5 which we mentioned earlier. Another promising candidate is the new Condor Skywalker 1880. The main… Continue reading

This is what Conservation Drones can do!

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Drone Parachute Deployment

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We finally were able to test our homemade parachute (40″ diameter). Initial tests suggest that a deployment altitude of about 10m above ground should be about just right to minimize drift. Our next… Continue reading