Rayjan Wilson, Sam Vanderwaal, and Corey Upton met with a pack of local Cub Scouts for a show-and-tell of various unmanned aircraft. Pack 5, comprised of boys ages 8 to 10, were able to view the aircraft, ask questions about their various uses and watched some videos of the aircraft at work on February 20. The Cub Scouts each left with a goodie bag containing a t-shirt, a GI plastic cup, a printout on unmanned aircraft and more information about the Geophysical Institute.
On February 6, 2013, we flew to a remote location ten miles from Akiak, Alaska, roughly 25 miles NNE of Bethel to participate in an exercise that simulated a disaster response scenario. The exercise involved a few different military units, including the 212th PJs, the Army Rangers, and the Alaska National Guard. Our role was to capture optical and infrared imagery to support the actions of other elements of the group.
Check out our project report page for more information, and some cool photographs, from the mission!
To prepare for the upcoming search and rescue mission in cooperation with the Alaska Air National Guard, ACUASI staff conducted some flight tests with the Aeryon Scout and the FLIR Tau sensor. Our goals were to figure out some of the operational constraints that could improve our ability to see people when doing operations like this with law enforcement or other agencies.
Check out our full report of results online.