Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

Every UAV has a solid-state inertial system that maintains its flying attitude, regardless of winds, etc.  Each has an internal GPS receiver that tells the aircraft where it is (and where the cameras are looking) at all times. Two zooming camera systems are carried on gyro-stabilized gimbals, which keep the cameras pointing at the same location, regardless of bumpy air or heading changes.  One camera is designed for visible light and is operated during the daytime; the other is an infrared sensing device that provides thermal imaging during hours of darkness.

On-board datalink communications keep the aircraft in touch with the Ground Control System, sending navigation, piloting and camera operation instructions up to the aircraft and downlinking positional and live video streams from the camera systems.  Communications links are encrypted for security.

Airborne Sensors

UAVs carry powerful control systems and sensors that give them extraordinary capabilities that are ideal for anti-poaching missions

Only technologically sophisticated capabilities can provide the mobility and discrimination to effectively determine what is really going on in the African bush at night.

The mobile command centre is a support vehicle which includes:

  • Remote controlled aircraft and avionics
  • A variety of mounted cameras to accommodate day and night (infrared) surveillance
  • Monitoring equipment and software
  • Accessories such as antennae, batteries, chargers and trackers
  • Laptops
  • Radio and communication systems

All UAVs are electric and have about a 2-hour operating cycle