The use of UAVs in the forestry industry is extremely important in our time. According to international and domestic experts, over the next 5 years, forestry will become one of the country’s most significant exploiters and consumers of unmanned aerial systems in the civilian sector.
One of the most important advantages of drones is the ability to install various sensors in hard-to-reach places for humans. Including the installation of fire sensors, seismic sensors, as well as radar reflectors for detecting objects.
Tests on the installation of sensors in hard-to-reach places are being carried out in order to determine the perspective of an aviation platform for studying and expanding the scope of tasks that can be solved in forestry with the help of unmanned robots.
Now mass production of quadrocopters closest to the required technical characteristics, as well as stable in operation and ease of control, is being established. Some unique features of such drones should be noted.
For example, the ability to accompany the drone moving objects and track them automatically using special beacons. The technical and software potential programmed in such robots allows the integration of the obtained data into a single information system based on the existing remote monitoring system.
Also, the important advantages of the UAV include the presence of a different target quick-change load, the use of a hydro-resistant camera with a viewing angle of 360 degrees, the ability to implement various control methods, the formation of its own information system through the use of additional tools installed on moving objects, the use of several types of data transmission.
Drones are planned to be used, first of all, to provide proper and reliable information support to ground fire services when extinguishing large forest fires, as well as to constantly monitor local areas of forests in order to detect fires.
The practical application of UAVs will be found in monitoring active peat fires using infrared and optical channels, inspecting and photographing the state of cinder areas, operational inspection of forest areas in order to analyze the information received.
Launch and landing specifics
The mass of the multicopter is about 4.2 kg. The flight altitude can vary from 50 meters to 4 kilometers. The radius of stable contact with the ground control station is approximately 25 kilometers.
In case of loss of radio contact with ground control, the “smart drone” will independently return to the launch pad and land. The ground part of the control is equipped with an antenna with an automatic tracking system that monitors the location of the unmanned robot.
In addition, a camera is installed on each aircraft, which allows obtaining high-quality photographs, which can later be used for operational topography and the formation of an evidence base in the investigation process in situations contrary to the law.
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