When it comes to unmanned aerial vehicles or drones, our imagination can fly as high as they do. Drones have become important tools for scientists, who can optimize efforts and decrease costs of research.
Drones contribute to research by capturing aerial images with great precision and effectiveness. Thus, scientists can monitor roads, pathways, flora and fauna. In addition, drones can be used in the prevention of natural disasters, mudslides caused by earthquakes, glacial monitoring, finding fish banks and studying ecological damages, among many other uses. Drones not only provide us with impressive aerial images, but they also offer information analysis in real time.
Weighing 7 kilograms, six blades and a Sony NEX-7 camera, Huitzilin-2 can take photographs and shoot videos. It works with rechargable LiPo batteries
that allow for 15 minutes of flight.
Recently, UNAM acquired a hexacopter named Huitzilin-2, in honor of the humming bird that lives at the ecological reserve in University City. For now, this new acquisition will be used to monitor the Ecological Reserve of San Angel, as well as to update the map of the UNAM campus.
Pedro Camarena, Saúl Rodríguez and Armando Peralta with Hutitzilin-2
for the Ecological Reserve.