GCFs Anti-Poaching Drone Program.
Drone deployments are proving to be a very important tool in the fight against poaching. We’ve modified 3DR’s Solo quad copter with added components, such as thermal vision for night time operations. During the day, our drones act as miniature support helicopters for ground anti-poaching teams. They can simultaneously stream live HD footage to the operator and can follow the anti-poaching unit, as well as be sent to waypoints, fly grids, and return “home,” all with hands free autopilot capabilities. Due to the popularity of the solo, aftermarket modifications, replacement parts and technical support are all easy to access. Ultimately, because of the support we have with our drone supplier, we’re able to focus on our primary jobs, keeping the anti-poaching units safe while they protect some of the world’s endangered species.
As it stands, we are about to deploy another three anti-poaching drones to be utilized by anti-poaching units in the greater Kruger Region of South Africa. The efforts of these drones will be focused on the continued fight against rhino poaching. Once these drones are placed we will phase out the modified solos for the new platform created in collaboration with Coast to Coast drones. These new drones will fly for up to 50 mins, fly at speeds up to 60 mph and will be more portable and rugged. GCF and Coast to Coast have also come to a design decision for the large fixed wing, long distance drones. Once we have the budget to work on more drones we will hopefully be adding several of both types to the field.
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