MLB UAV Complete High Resolution Assessment of Seagrass and Coral Reef Biomes

By Caroline Rees / 06 Aug 2012

 

The MLB Bat 4 UAV

MLB Company, a leader in low-cost Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) solutions, services and products, has announced it has concluded a high-resolution assessment of carbon dynamics in seagrass and coral reef biomes in partnership with the UAV Collaborative to better understand the dynamics of vulnerable near shore environments.

Over a 9-day period, MLB Bat 4 successfully flew six flights in Class G airspace in the area of Sugarloaf Key (7FA1) Airport in the Florida Keys. The Bat 4 captured nearly 3,700 images with a fully-integrated pre-testing multispectral camera system.

“Our mission to study the coral reefs will provide new insights into coastal region dynamics and develop new remote sensing technologies to serve as a guide for future aerial and satellite platforms,” said Dr. Stanley R. Herwitz, Director of the UAV Collaborative (www.uav-applications.org). “MLB Company’s versatility and adaptability, and its reliable Bat 4 UAV platform have made the first phase of our research project a major success.”

MLB’s Bat 4 is well-suited for scientific research applications with its 20 pound payload to carry the needed sensors for R&D and up to 10 hours of flight duration to provide ample time to gather data for analysis.

“We are committed to providing the best-in-class UAS solutions and services to meet the needs of our customers,” said Dr. Stephen Morris, CEO and Founder of MLB. “We are glad to support the NASA ROSES project. UAVs are perfectly suited for such a project, providing repeated long duration, low-flying mission capabilities over the Key West region in a safe, reliable manner.”

MLB’s Bat 4 will be on display at MLB booth (#3506) at the AUVSI show from August 7-9.

Posted by Caroline Rees Caroline co-founded Unmanned Systems Technology and has been at the forefront of the business ever since. With a Masters Degree in marketing Caroline has her finger on the pulse of all things unmanned and is committed to showcasing the very latest in unmanned technical innovation. Connect & Contact