ARDi - Aerial Research Drone One
WWVi is proud to introduce ARDi (say Ar-dee). ARDi stands for Aerial Research Drone One and is the first Model-UAV (MUAV) in the WWVi fleet. You can see information about the Fleet at the WWVi Model UAV Lab Here!
ARDi, an MUAV, weighs less than 1kg when flying without carrying a payload. With a payload of onboard cameras and sensors the model-UAV can fly missions of up to 20 minutes. Applications for ARDi include, Aerial Photography, Aerial Videography, Wildland Fire, Tourism and much much more.
The following still images were captured from the high definition video taken by ARDi.
Project FireEye is a joint project between Western Willow Ventures Inc. and The Government of the Northwest Territories, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Forest Management Division, Fire Sciences. The project aims to explore the application for model-UAV to the tasks of detection, observation, mapping and monitoring of wildfire.
WWVi and ARDi joined the scientists at the Canadian Boreal Research Community FireSmart Project in Fort Providence, NT to perform missions in the areas that are high risk to human life, high cost, aircraft availability and fuel costs. All missions flown were successful.
ARDi returned home in time to be the "eye in the sky" on Fort Smith's Canada Day Parade.
For more information on ARDi or WWVi Services see the "Contact" page.
You can find Interesting Videos related to ARDi on WWVi's Youtube Channel
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