First flight scheduled for unmanned aerial vehicle system

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May 27, 2015
Lakeland College invites members of the public to attend the first public demonstration of its new unmanned aerial vehicle system (UAS)
The public presentation and demonstration will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3 at the Centre for Sustainable Innovation on the Vermilion campus.

With funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) and College and Community Innovation (CCI) program, the college was able to purchase a UAS equipped with image acquisition and processing technologies in April.

A UAS is the combination of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) plus camera payload and image processing software. The UAV will open new ways for Lakeland College students and faculty to interact with industry, and allow students to learn about emerging techniques and technologies that will enhance research and learning in a broad array of disciplines including agriculture, energy, environmental sciences and fire and emergency services.

Lakeland College’s applied research will first evaluate the practical use of the UAS within local farming practices. This research tool will add an important dimension of data to the college’s multi-year economic evaluation of crop management intensities project with industry partners, along with many other multi-disciplined research projects.

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Photo: Lakeland College invites members of the public to the first flight test of the UAS on Wednesday, June 3, 2015.

May 27, 2015