We have custom built a heavy lift X8 multicopter capable of lifting 25 kg engineered for a longer flight time. The custom built drop system includes a 20 liter seed tank and custom retrofitted iris mechanism that we have adapted and modified from the open source version from Dronecoria. We are utilizing this drop mechanism for both terrestrial and mangrove seeds.
Our version is also scaled up to support much larger mangrove germinated seeds and mangrove seedballs. We have also streamlined the design for ease of 3D printing and integrated micro bearings in the rotator for smoother movement. We are in the final stages of integrating an agitator that will ensure that the seed balls do not get stuck in the hopper, allowing us to drop one seed ball a time for any precision requirements.
Working with Silvestrum and EAD, we have led several tests with lead scientists figure out the right composition of the seed balls for our specific and unique habitat conditions in our region.
Swappable Planting Modules
Our new rigging is modular so as to be easily swapped depending on mission requirements. The core module attaches to the seed tank and feeds the 3 different drop modules and has an internal agitator to ensure smooth feeding to the swappable modules.
The swappable modules consist of a single drop linear actuator module, a triple drop trap door module, and a motorized launcher module.All modules connect to the autopilot to integrate into autonomous flight capabilities.
The motorized launcher can be used to lodge seed balls into semi soft ground at very precise locations and spacing.
The seed tank mounts can be rapidly modified and reprinted to fit on virtually any type of multicopter with a minimum payload capability of 6 kg. The core module will fit any seed tank with a 115 mm opening. We currently are using a 10 liter and 20 liter tank, capable of holding 500 or 1000 seed balls respectively.
Customised X-UAV Talon Fixed Wing UAV
Utilised for long range environmental mapping and monitoring. Includes LIDAR, autolanding, PingRx and 2 cameras (one flight camera on a gimble and one downward facing)
Customized Kite Aerial Survey Rigging
Kites have been utilized since the 1800’s. We are once again promoting their use when low cost solutions are needed, the environmental conditions are severe, transport is restricted or drone permissions are restrictive. We are self-engineering rig for different cameras to take a wide array of analysis such as Lidar, thermal and NDVI
360 Cameras Underwater Rigs
So that we could take the best quality underwater 360 imagery which can be utilsed for underwater mapping, species monitoring and communication materials as well as general diving and snorkeling imagery, in the most cost efficient way, we created a 360 rigs for action cameras made from non corrosive materials and domes
Rig to support 360 cameras whilst paramotoring
Paramotoring has been identified by several stakeholders as a possible avenue for low cost species and habitat monitoring. We are in beta testing of a rig created to support the 360 camera whilst in air
Customised RV JET Fixed Wing UAV
Utilised for long range (30 to 40 km) environmental mapping and monitoring. Includes LIDAR, autolanding, PingRx and 900 tvl HD camera on a pan and tilt
360 Underwater Camera Rig
So that we could take the best quality underwater 360 imagery which can be utilsed for underwater mapping, species monitoring and communication materials, in the most cost efficient way, we created an upscaled 6 GoPro, 360 rig made from non corrosive materials and 6 domes
Underwater Blue Carbon Habitat Gopro Mapping Rig
A major barrier to blue carbon implementation is the validation of habitat mapping and the services that these ecosystems provide. We developed this rig as a low cost, low tech, easily built and maintained rig so that mapping and its ancillary data would be a viable option for communities. We are currently in phase 2 of its final build