Thank you for all your support! This campaign surpassed our crowdfunding goal and we are now in a position to outfit our drone team with even more sophisticated equipment.
The next step for the students will be to incorporate the detection and tracking algorithms into the drone’s software. An X8 long-range surveillance drone has been selected for the project—this model is relatively quiet, has a 25-mile flight range, and a 3-hr battery life.
We plan to post updates on the project’s progress—stay tuned for reports from the field. With your help, we’re making strides towards a safer future for elephants in the wild.
Tufts Elephant Conservation Alliance, and Students of the Vision and Sensing Systems Lab