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Conservationists attempting to monitor land-use changes and wildlife trends face serious challenges. For one thing, the satellite-based remote sensing that conservations currently rely on for mapping and monitoring land-use changes is typically too expensive for researchers in developing countries. The core component of a Conservation Drone is an autopilot system (ArduPilot Mega or APM).Since we began in January 2012, we have carried out more than 200 Conservation Drone flights in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Congo, Gabon, Madagascar, the United States, Greenland and elsewhere. These flights have provided us with a huge number of photographs and videos, which we use to map land use, survey biodiversity and monitor illegal activities.Conservation Drones equipped with high-definition video cameras could also facilitate the detection of smoke from poachers' campfires many miles away, and a live video feed would allow rangers to patrol the forest remotely, and react immediately when needed.Conservation Drones is a constant work in progress.
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