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.
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
The product is still in prototype phase. Anyone interested in partnering with Wadi can contact them here.
Distributions to Date Status
Unknown, currently only operating in Wadi Wurayah National Park
Airframe specifications: - 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.
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
To build a drone that can autonomously collect data from remote sensors in a 40 km range.
Vetted Performance Status
During test flights the Wadi Drone collected more than 300 photos from remote camera traps
Users must take appropriate precautions when operating drones
Complementary Technical Systems
Academic Research and References
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.
Compliance with regulations
Unknown, still in the prototype phase, but they are working closely with the Emirates Wildlife Society.