New imagery for the Ron Boychuck search effort has been acquired with the assistance of an UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) provided by Aerogeonautics and is being processed for uploading into the InternetSAR.org imagery review system. This process will probably take about a week to complete as each image master has to be manually rotated and positioned to get the best possible alignment. Once this process has been completed, we will be able to tile the new imagery and make it available for review. This process is taking us much longer than we would have liked, but the late spring in British Columbia delayed the acquisition of imagery and there have been extra technical challenges as we figure out how to best work with imagery acquired via UAV.
Our hope is that as we learn to work with UAV imagery we can streamline the entire process and reduce turn around time for future search missions. Using UAVs to acquire imagery hold great promise as they are much less expensive to operate than other imagery platforms and they can be easily shipped to search locations.
We would really like to express our appreciation to the assistance that Aerogeonautics has provided to this search effort.