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Year of Award: 2015 Award State: South Australia Environment > Research
Technology > General
To investigate the use of low cost drones for improving environmental research with reduced funding - China, USA, United Arab Emirates, Switzerland, UK
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The aim of this project is to investigate how researchers are using lower cost aerial drones around the world to further their research in their field. I interviewed researchers themselves as well as people representing the companies who design/build drones, software and accessories associated with scientific applications. This had me travelling through the USA, UK, Switzerland, UAE and China. Everybody I met gave massive insight into a new and growing industry as well as sparking ideas of how drones can be used in the future.

The major lessons learned include the following:

  • There are so many new technologies coming out and improving that you are best finding a platform already built to use for your research rather than trying to develop something specific.
  • There is still a long way to go with the availability of accessories and sensors to help researchers. There are companies that can make sensors, cameras etc that can help researchers.
  • Battery life is limited to 20-30 minutes which is a major drawback of using drones for many applications.
  • The regulations worldwide have restricted what researchers can and can’t do when using aerial drones.

 

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