Center for Marine Science

Facilities :: CMS Drone Ops


The Center for Marine Science operates two unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in support of faculty and student research projects. The senseFly eBee plus RTK is a fixed-wing drone suitable for mapping large areas and can be outfitted with a variety of imaging sensors. The DJI Phantom 3 Pro is a general purpose quadcopter drone suitable for most mapping applications. Requests for use are made on a first-come, first-serve basis and the Center reserves the right to limit the number of requests for use based on competing needs, maintenance needs, operating personnel, or safety considerations.

Systems

The senseFly eBee+ RTK is a fixed wing unmanned aerial system capable of high resolution aerial mapping of large areas, while providing survey-grade accuracy.  This system can be equipped with one of three camera options during missions: 

  • S.O.D.A. - RGB camera capable of high resolution imagery (20 megapixel) at visible wavelengths
  • Parrot Sequoia - multispectral sensor with a 16 MP RGB sensor and 4 monochrome sensors measuring light at 550 nm (green), 660 nm (red), 735 nm (red-edge) and 790 nm (near-infrared)
  • thermoMAP - thermal imaging camera capable of photos and video with high pixel density and thermal resolution

drone senseFly eBee+ RTK

Additional information can be found here.

The DJI Phantom 3 Professional quadcopter drone is suitable for mapping applications.
It contains a 12 MP RGB camera and is capable of capturing high quality 4K/30 fps video. Mapping missions can be set up using DJI Ground Station pro software.

drone Phantom 3

Contact 

If you would like more information about UAS availability and support, please contact:

David Wells
wellsd@uncw.edu
(910) 962-2315