We are very pleased to announce that the new imagery acquired for the Ron Boychuk search effort via an UAV provided by Aerogeonautics, is now online and available for assignment to participants. Our original plan was to acquire imagery for a 15 sq/mi area, unfortunatly a low cloud ceiling and higher than acceptable winds made it very difficult to fly the UAV during the three day window aloted for the imagery acquistion. As a result we only have imagery for around 2 sq/mi. We are trying to arrange for the acquisition imagery for the rest of the target search area before the snow flies this fall.
While we have become accustom to working with imagery acquired from satellites and tranditional aerial imagery platforms (which are very expensive), this is the first time we have worked with imagery from an UAV. As such even though this is a small set of imagery it will allow us to learn how to best work with UAV imagery and how best to deploy an UAV to acquire imagery. In the long run, UAVs will probably prove to be our most economical aerial imagery platform and will probably be the easist imagery for us to acquire for future search missions. Overall, the quality of the imagery acquired by the UAV is much better than anything we have seen in the past, but there are a few instances of imagery that was taken at an odd angle or is blury due to a gust of wind blowing the UAV off course.
Again, we would sincerely like to express our appreciation to the folks at Aerogeonautics for acquiring this imagery for us under less than ideal conditions.
If you would like to participate in the Ron Boychuk search, you will need to create an account for yourself if you have not done so already.