What we're about

This Meetup is about sharing and collaborating on socially responsible drone projects. If you have a project you would like to share, organize, need help with, please contact an organizer.

Our Mission is simple:

- Provide autonomous unmanned aircraft and aviation infrastructure to organizations with exacting data needs, but lack aviation expertise.

Search and Rescue Project:

Developing and testing UAV avionics software to make it simple for people with relatively little knowledge and experience to effectively deploy small aircraft in search, rescue, and other emergency response scenarios. Availability and efficient re-purposing of off-the-shelf hardware to meet mission objectives is prioritized above current market costs. Our emphasis will be on algorithm development and testing, on establishing relationships with emergency service professionals and volunteers to establish core requirements, and on demonstrating effectiveness and ease of use. Creative hardware and design support is also most welcome.

Wildlife Preservation Project:

We are developing a low cost unmanned aerial system solution or drone system solution to even the playing field for Kruger Park rangers in protecting endangered rhinos and elephants in Africa from well armed poachers. At the alarming rate that these animals are killed for their horns and tusks, they could face extinction in a few years. Something has to be done. The Wildlife Conservancy of Africa called out to the world for a low cost drone solution to aid their rangers in the fight and we answered. There will be 3 winning solutions with one first place winner. Prizes will be awarded and possibly a trip to Africa to fly our drone. There will be many more opportunities to save wildlife from extinction abroad and in our own backyard. Join us in the battle and help develop the solution.

Malawi - Kasungu National Park

AntiPoaching Kasungu SaveTheElephants


Upcoming events (5+)

Advanced Materials in Aerospace (May 1, Santa Clara)

2890 De La Cruz Blvd

Registration (required): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/advanced-materials-in-aerospace-may-1-santa-clara-tickets-60609688209 Advanced Materials in Aerospace panel discussion (May 1, Santa Clara). Speakers: Felix Ejeckam (founder & CEO, Akash Systems); Paul Flowers (Systems Engineer & Materials Scientist, Lockheed Martin); Jason Jones (Global Materials and Process Engineer, Moog); Ron Leary (Space Products Application Engineer, W.L.Gore & Associates); Derek Thomas (Lead Materials Engineer; Made In Space). Schedule (Wednesday, May 1): 6:00-6:30 pm -- networking; 6:30-8:15 pm -- panel discussion; 8:15-9:00 pm -- networking. Snacks and beverages served. Location: W.L. Gore & Associates Silicon Valley Innovation Center.

Hololens hack/workshop for Conservation Science using Drones

A Microsoft Hololens Hack-a-thon/workshop for Conservation science using unmanned systems. This is now a monthly workshops after the first meetup. If you do not have a Hololens you can use the emulator. Hololens Information: 1: https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/holographic/academy 2: https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/holographic/documentation 3: https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/holographic/install_the_tools More details coming. A few good reads. 3: https://irevolutions.org/2015/08/11/uavs-map-diamond-mines/ 4: https://irevolutions.org/category/humanitarian-technologies/ 5: A Humanitarian UAV Web Site: http://uaviators.org/

Cell Phone Towers Inspections
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Nothing to do with Conservation science but if you want to do a cell phome tower inspection with drones email me and I will forward the information to you, here is a video: https://youtu.be/h6wUn3a_buM

Houston is Calling
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To all Part 107 and insured pilots with the Phantom 4 or better platform. Help is needed in Houston. Please contact [masked] only if you can help. If you don’t have business insurance consider the hourly on-demand pay-as-you-go commercial flight insurance from Verifly. Pretty reasonable and can be purchased for 1, 4 and 8 hours at a time.

Past events (47)

Space operations, mission control (March 6, Palo Alto)

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

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