Autonomous Copters: Project Updates

New Heavy Lift Platform

This week we built and maidened our new heavy lift platform based on the DJI S1000 airframe. We’ll be using this platform for short range lidar testing, as well as other experimental sensors as the need arises. We are using the Pixhawk 2 autopi...

Flight Testing for Multispectral Camera

This weekend we spent some time flight testing our new, lighter mount for the Parrot Sequoia on the DJI Phantom 4 Pro.  Instead of strapping a heavy USB battery pack on the back of the Sequoia, we’re now tapping into the Phantom’s batt...
Copter in flight

Airborne Radio Collar Tracking: 2016 REU

The Radio Collar Tracker project is a collaboration between the San Diego Zoo’s Beckman Institute for Conservation Research (ICR) and UC San Diego’s Engineers For Exploration. We have been working with the ICR and its collaborators for ...

Airborne Radio Collar Tracking: Summer 2015 REU

(Above) 2015 Radio Collar Tracker during Desert Testing, Mojave Desert.  Photo Credit: Engineers for Exploration Many wildlife ecology studies look at population size, location, and density to understand animal behavior and population movement....

Bird Nest Tracker: Summer 2015 REU

The scientific research and study of birds often requires ornithologists to spend days at a time observing their behavior. These efforts are made with the goal of obtaining population data critical to the preservation of nesting animals, and to impro...

Automated Wildlife Radio Collar Tracking: Summer 2014 REU

Although wildlife radio collar tracking is common practice in wildlife research, VHF tracking has not changed much in the past half century.  It requires the researchers to go to the field on foot carrying a bulky directional antenna and listening...