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Research & Education

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are allowing today’s researchers to achieve feats that previous generations of academics only dreamed about. Applied Aeronautics s is honored to partner with researchers around the globe who use our drones to advance human knowledge as they seek solutions to the world’s greatest problems.

Why do so many researchers trust the Albatross? There are many reasons, but the two most important are versatility and performance. 

Our modular fixed wing drones can be integrated with a wide variety of sensors and equipment, so they can be tailored to meet your specific research needs. Advanced technology and engineering ensure highly accurate data collection and exceptional performance when faced with harsh environments and conditions.

Researchers who use the Albatross benefit from:

  • Industry-leading flight times – collect more data more quickly.
  • Resilience against harsh weather conditions, high voltage, and strong magnetic fields.
  • Reduced environmental impact when compared to cars, human access, and traditional aircraft.
  • Extremely quiet operation – avoid disturbing wildlife, ruins, and other delicate subjects. 
  • High payload capacities – carry the equipment and tools you need.
  • Easy use – Our UAVs were designed for simple use, so a beginner can usually learn to competently control them with less than one hour of training.
  • Intuitive software allows you to plan automated flights, monitor flights in real time, easily change or repeat missions in the field, and analyze flight data afterward.
  • Versatility/Flexibility – Thanks to its open interface and the values upon which it was developed, the Albatross UAV can be used in many projects without the need for complex conversions. Applied Aeronautics is committed to developing technology that is as customizable as possible, so the solution can be tailored to perfectly meet your requirements.
  • Direct georeferencing – Geospatial researchers will appreciate the most advanced georeferencing technology available.

If you can imagine a project that requires aerial data collection, Albatross UAV can probably help you accomplish it. To find out more, tell us what you’d like to do and an Albatross expert will answer your questions and provide you with the information you need. Below are just a few examples of research applications for which our drones are being or could be used:

  • Archaeological research
  • Ethnographic research
  • Measuring nuclear contamination
  • Studying biodiversity
  • Capturing the spread of algae
  • Examining coastal regions
  • Glacier surveillance
  • Ocean & sea research support
  • Identification of plant species
  • Forestry and Natural Resources Management
  • Meteorological research
  • Volcanic eruptions – surveillance, tracking & monitoring ash clouds
  • Mapping of excavation sites
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Iceberg monitoring
  • Recording salt water infiltration
  • Flying over historical buildings and sites
  • Photogrammetry
  • Climate observation
  • Surveillance of sea mammals
  • Mapping the movement of sandbars 
  • Sensor research for RPA
  • Radiation measurement
  • Arctic research
  • Agriculture – mapping plant growth and issues, moisture levels, yields
  • Mapping coastal regions
  • Geophysical surveying
  • Mapping sandbars – measuring
  • Counting animal populations
  • Radiation monitoring