New York University, Abu Dhabi
The Wadi Drone is a fixed wing airplane collecting data in Wadi Wurayah National Park.
The Wadi Drone is a fixed wing UAV that can carry a small communications payload to receive information from stationary scientific measurement devices – notably, camera traps. It was developed by Conservation Drones in partnership with New York University Abu Dhabi for the UAE Drones for Good competition in 2015, where it won first place, and currently works with the World Wildlife Fund and the Emirates Wildlife Society in the United Arab Emirates’ first national park.
The Wadi Drone website has not been updated since 2016.
Currently operating in Wadi Wurayah National Park in the UAE. The goal is to adapt the idea to any remote regions with similar needs.
Currently in prototype phase and not for sale
Goal 15: Life on land
NGOs and government agencies that are monitoring wildlife or other sensors in remote areas.
Unknown- this is still in a prototype phase and they have not released any of the designs or code base as open source.
The product is still in prototype phase. Anyone interested in partnering with Wadi can contact them here.
Unknown, currently only operating in Wadi Wurayah National Park
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Geolocation, Land Survey, Sensor readings, Image based data, OtherDisplay order
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Objective of the drone platform [eAgriculture, Land survey, Disaster response, Impact analysis, Wildlife tracking, other]Display order
– Cruise speed ~ 30-40 knots
– Max speed ~ 110 knots
– Stall speed @5.1 lbs ~ 14 knots
– Climb rate > 2000 ft/min
– Wingspan ~ 101 in
– Wing area ~ 598 sq in
– Fuselage length ~ 52 in.
This is still in a prototype phase, so all support is provided by Wadi
Unknown, still in prototype phase.
To build a drone that can autonomously collect data from remote sensors in a 40 km range.
During test flights the Wadi Drone collected more than 300 photos from remote camera traps
New York University, Abu Dhabi and Emirates Wildlife Society
Users must take appropriate precautions when operating drones
While there isn’t any direct research of the Wadi drone here is one reference to the potential applications in research:
Hadj SB, Rekhis S, Boudriga N, Bagula A. A cloud of UAVs for the Delivery of a Sink As A Service to Terrestrial WSNs. Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Advances in Mobile Computing and Multi Media – MoMM 16. 2016.
Unknown, still in the prototype phase, but they are working closely with the Emirates Wildlife Society.
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