AUAV was contracted to travel to Idaho and conduct tests to study the feasibility of using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to count wildlife. Three major test flights were conducted to attempt counting decoys and to test overall image quality. The last flight was conducted at the local model airplane club in Lewiston, Idaho. This flight demonstrated the autonomous capabilities of AUAV's airplane.
Test Flight #1 was conducted on the Snake River close to Lewiston, ID. This video includes video taken of the airplane taking off, flying, and landing.
Test Flight #2 was conducted high on Craig Mountain near Lewiston, ID. This video includes video of the airplane taking off from a small road, onboard video from the airplane, and onboard video of the airplane landing. Groups of white decoys can be seen throughout the flight.
Test Flight #3 was conducted back down on the Snake River. This video includes video of the airplane taking off near a parking lot area, onboard video of the flight and landing. A tour boat can be seen on the river near the beginning of the video, it stopped to watch the airplane.
Test Flight #4 was conducted at the local model airplane club in Lewiston, ID. The flight was a demonstration of the airplanes autonomous abilities. The airplane was programmed with a set of waypoints chosen by Idaho Fish and Game representatives. The airplane took off and flew the waypoint upon which it returned to field for a landing. This footage includes the takeoff, onboard flight video, and landing.