Are the UAVs weaponised?

No, absolutely not!  We use small UAVs with sophisticated cameras. They are designed for surveillance and protection, not destruction

How big are your UAVs?

The wingspan is approximately 2 meters

Is this stuff complicated?

Yes.

It takes four months to properly train crew members who are deployed in the field.  Significant time and dedication is required to learn to operate and maintain the aircraft, interpret what is being sent back from the aircraft, and master the mission requirements

Where do your people come from?

We are committed to hiring and training local people.  Everyone that is employed to work with this anti-poaching package will be rigorously vetted

How long do the UAVs fly?

The aircraft currently average about two hours per battery. When the battery power becomes low the remote pilot flies the UAV back to the mobile control vehicle where the old battery is swapped over for a new one. The UAV is then re-launched and the recovered batteries are recharged

How long will it take to put a new team in the field once the funding is available?

It takes approximately two months to hire crew, acquire aircraft and vehicles, and begin the training process

Do you need permission from local authorities to fly UAVs?

Yes.

Can the UAVs have a dual purpose?

Yes.

Depending on the camera suite on the aircraft, it can be used in many other significant ways: wildlife management, surveys, checking the integrity of fences, crop and water conditions, search and rescue.

Can poachers shoot down the UAVs?

No.

The aircraft have electric motors that allow them to be both silent and invisible, especially at night.  Even if a poacher did see a UAV, it is far enough away and moving so fast that it is essentially impossible to hit with a rifle

Do the UAVs have a deterrent effect?

Absolutely.

We make sure that local communities are aware that we are flying and what the UAVs can see and do.  This contributes to a significant deterrence effect

Can the UAVs be jammed or hacked?

All of the communications to and from the UAVs are encrypted, so it’s virtually impossible for poachers to take control of an aircraft or hack its video.