A mapping tool to add to my wishlist
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A mapping tool to add to my wishlist

This tool from Gatewing looks like the kind of mapping equipment I dream about. It’s a very simple idea. You can use a groundstation to control a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) equipped with various devices to photograph and measure an area with a systematic flight pattern. The device can produce a DTM (Digital Terrain Map) and Orthophotos with little fuss.

The primary market is in Vegetation Mapping, by combing visual and near-IR orthophotos, but this looks like it could be a simple solution for most mapping away from urban centres, if you can get flight clearance from the local Civil Aviation Authority.

The downside? The Gatewing website doesn’t mention a price, which means it’s way out of my pocket, but this page gives an estimated price of $50,000. Either I need to marry a rich widow, or else console myself with build my own.

Alun Salt

Alun (he/him) is the Producer for Botany One. It's his job to keep the server running. He's not a botanist, but started running into them on a regular basis while working on writing modules for an Interdisciplinary Science course and, later, helping teach mathematics to Biologists. His degrees are in archaeology and ancient history.

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