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.


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


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

David Wells
(910) 962-2315