AUAV worked with the University of Floridaon 3 UAV projects.
Project #1: Fort Pierce, FL
To video Brazilian pepper-tree (Schinus terebinthifolius Raddi) from the air using a UAV.
The Brazilian pepper is considered to be an invasive plant in that it multiplys rapidly and if left on it' own will quickly overwhelm an area, they crowd out and smother other plants and clog wetlands and waterways.
They are salt-tolerant and have no natural predators here in Florida.
The Brazilian pepper is a non-native plant that has escaped cultivation and has rapidly spread throughout Florida. It's thought the tree was introduced to Florida in the 1840s as an ornamental plant.
The University of Florida is currentley studying ways of detecting and eradicating it with the use of UAVs.
Our part in the project was to provide video of the plant from the air at various altitudes to determ if pattern recognition software could be used to remotely locate and identify the plants.
Project #2: Goodwin, FL
AUAV worked with the University of Florida in conducting test flights over the Goodwin, FL wild life preserve. This was a two part sires of test flights, the first set of test flights consisted of the placement of bird decoys to test the ability to spot, identify and count birds from the air using a UAV.
The 2nd part of the test was conducted over live wildlife such as birds, alligators and domestic cattle to determine if the UAV would disturb the wildlife and to test the ability to spot, identify and count deferant types of wildlife from the air using a UAV.
Project #3: Belle Glade, FL
AUAV worked with the University of Florida in conducting test flights over the Project #3: Belle Glade, FL sugar cane. This was a series of test flights over live birds to determine if the UAV would disturb the birds and to test the ability to spot, identify and count birds from the air using a UAV.