Monday, August 6, 2012

Drone for Seagrass Assessment

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Performs Remote Sensing Assessment

PR Newswire | Monday, August 6th, 2012

BAT 4 UAV (Image Courtesy MBL Company)

MLB Company, a leader in low-cost Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) solutions, services and products, today announced it has concluded a high-resolution assessment of carbon dynamics in seagrass and coral reef biomes in partnership with the UAV Collaborative to better understand the dynamics of vulnerable near shore environments.

Over a 9-day period, MLB Bat 4 successfully flew six flights in Class G airspace in the area of Sugarloaf Key (7FA1) Airport in the Florida Keys. The Bat 4 captured nearly 3,700 images with a fully-integrated pre-testing multispectral camera system.

"Our mission to study the coral reefs will provide new insights into coastal region dynamics and develop new remote sensing technologies to serve as a guide for future aerial and satellite platforms," said Dr. Stanley R. Herwitz, Director of the UAV Collaborative (www.uav-applications.org).
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- Posted by Sven Stadtmann, GRID-Arendal

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