River Bird: The River Park's Drone
What kind of drone is it? It is a DJI Inspire 1
How high does it go? 14,700 feet but for our use less than 400 feet
How far will it go? Just a little less than 1.25 miles
How fast does it go? 45 miles per hour
How much does it cost? The Drone cost $2000 and the
cameras cost about $6000
Does it have a camera? Yes, a 4K video camera
as well as an infrared camera
How much weight can it carry?
For our use, we will only carry
the camera but it could carry another
How much does the drone weigh?
How long can it fly? 16 to 20 minutes
Does it spy on people? NO, it makes
everything look too small
Does it do deliveries? Nope
Did you build it? No, the whole kit was purchased
Where did you buy it? From an online retailer
What will you use it for? We will use it to fly up and down the drainage areas where we have worked taking out invasive plants such as Arundo Donax and other species. It will help us quickly and easily locate new infestations of these plants before they are able to get a foothold.
Will you fly it over my house? No, if you are in our invasive control project, we will fly it only in the areas where we have worked.
What else can the drone do? The drone will help us located homeless camps in the river. It can help us get an accurate count of the number of people living in the river, and where they are living. Beyond that, we don't know what else we can use it for, but we are sure there are more interesting things to discover.