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 long can it fly? 16 to 20 minutes

How much does the drone weigh? 6.5 pounds

Does it have a camera? Yes, a 4K video camera as well as an infrared camera

Does it spy on people?  NO, it makes everything look too small

How much weight can it carry?  For our use, we will only carry the camera, but it could carry another 2-3 pounds

 

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 locate homeless camps in the river bottom and help us get an accurate count of the people living there.