July 2013 Blog Posts (8)

UAVSI Unmanned Systems 2013 in DC, August 12-15

I'm curious if anyone from Ecosynth's group will be a attending UAVSI conference in Washington, DC, August 12-15?

The conference web site is here: http://www.auvsishow.org/auvsi13

Added by Chris Bley on July 25, 2013 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

Hello from Brazil

Erle just let me join, so I'm introducing myself.

I run a small services company in Recife, Brazil where I use drones as a means to collect data from the air and I just got started this year, after three years in a research lab in Holland where I used and built the technology on a frequent basis.

My interest is in any civil/public use for this technology in the…


Added by Gerard Toonstra on July 24, 2013 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Organization for Tropical Studies Article

Ecosynth hexacoptero

Here's a link to the Organization for Tropical Studies article about our recent Ecosynth workshop/demo in San José.


Added by Dana Nadwodny on July 19, 2013 at 8:30pm — No Comments


Having built up some pretty good momentum from yesterday's success, Jonathan and I set out today with the lofty goal of completing 8 missions. WE SUCCEEDED!

In the morning we flew two ridge sites that had been the location of our epic crashes last January. Both flights came off without a hitch.

Next, we traveled to the property of a previous grad student of our…


Added by Dana Nadwodny on July 19, 2013 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Costa Rica July 2013 - Day 2 - Aerial scanning of a traditional coffee farm

Day 2 in Costa Rica and we flew five flights and collected amazing imagery over a traditional coffee farm.  The first 3 flights at restoration forest sites went off without a hitch and we continued with auto take-off and landing at each site, with Dana providing some pitch and roll control at the end to help guide the copter back to the landing zone. 

The trip to…


Added by Jonathan Dandois on July 18, 2013 at 7:36pm — 1 Comment

Costa Rica July 2013 - Day One - Landing on a tower

We've been at the Las Cruces Biological Station in San Vito, Costa Rica for less than 24 hours, and already Dana Boswell is making Ecosynth history.  

Today Dana completed a full mission of a forest restoration entirely from the top of a 15m canopy tower.  After waiting out a rain storm and low clouds (it is the rainy season), we decided we needed to give the closest…


Added by Jonathan Dandois on July 17, 2013 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

A Good Field Day: Eight Full Flights!

June 2nd, 2013 was a good field day for photo collection!  I flew eight flights with Crimson, the Arducopter hexa with Mikrokopter motors and frame.  Five flights were for the "matrix", this summer's big project of comparing the effect of different flight conditions on 3D scan quality.  This condition was diffuse lighting, high wind, flying 40m above the canopy, with 50% side…


Added by Stephen Gienow on July 3, 2013 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

Ecosynth featured in STRI newsletter

My recent trip to Panama was featured in the June 28, 2013 Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) weekly newsletter, link to PDF here.

The coverage…


Added by Jonathan Dandois on July 3, 2013 at 9:07am — 1 Comment

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