Easy Aerial Raptor Soars in Marine Expedition with partner EdgeRov, the Australian Institute of Marine Science, and Reefworks

Easy Aerial’s Raptor sUAS has been deployed in collaboration with partner EdgeRov at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and Reefworks to monitor coastal and marine life. In a captivating launch, the Raptor recorded an awe-inspiring moment within the aquatic realm. This dynamic observation, made possible by the Raptor drone and ECTS autonomous drone system, has highlighted the true potential for autonomous drone technology to revolutionize marine biology research and monitoring.

A Glimpse of the Phenomenal
The Raptor drone, equipped with EO/IR and AI technology, is able to search and track for moving objects in a vast field. This capability allowed for witnessing a magical oceanic interaction, elevating our understanding of marine life behaviors. Check out the video at the end of the article for a deep dive into the activities EdgeRov is doing with AIMS and Reefworks for marine science with Easy Aerial’s Raptor sUAS and see how Easy Aerial’s autonomous drone technology is a critical component to helping save lives in the water with bonus footage of a mother and child humpback whale pair, elegantly navigating the marine expanse.


Elevating Marine Observation
The cornerstone of this deployment is the Raptor’s hybrid tethered/free-fly sUAS configuration paired with the ECTS ground station. This unique setup enables uninterrupted, persistent aerial surveillance over marine environments with the ability to release its tether and continue the mission flying freely. The Raptor, in conjunction with the ECTS ground station, is redefining the scope of marine observation, proving that even routine missions can yield exceptional results.

Unveiling Unforeseen Wonders
What began as two planned marine proof of concept missions unexpectedly evolved into three, with the Raptor capturing a mesmerizing dance between a humpback whale and her calf, two kilometers off the coast. This encounter serves as a testament to the technology’s efficacy in conducting creature surveys and monitoring activities that necessitate extended flight durations.

The Raptor and ECTS’s performance at the Australian Institute of Marine Science serves as an inspiring reminder of how the synergy of cutting-edge technology, scientific exploration, and dedicated teamwork can reshape our understanding of the natural world. Follow the links here to learn more about Easy Aerial’s autonomous hybrid tether/free-fly Raptor drone and ECTS ground station.


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