DraganFlyer X6 Helicopter Transforms Research Work for the University of Worcester

Top Quote The University of Worcester has today announced the DraganFlyer X6 as a welcome addition to its environmental and ecological department.The DraganFlyer X6 helicopter will allow researchers at the University to carry out vital studies of rivers, archaeological sites and landscapes. They will also be able to capture vertical and oblique aerial photographs. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) September 07, 2010 - The University of Worcester has today announced a new addition to its environmental and ecological research team, the DraganFlyer X6. The X6 is a unique and state-of-the-art 6-rotor helicopter featuring a revolutionary aerial photography system that can take high definition video and pictures.

    The University of Worcester is one of only two Universities in the UK to invest in the The DraganFlyer X6 helicopter. It will allow researchers at the University to carry out vital studies of rivers, archaeological sites and landscapes. They will also be able to capture vertical and oblique aerial photographs to support more accurate and advanced studies that are planned for river research in California next year along with other projects in the UK.

    The DraganFlyer X6 features 11 sensors and an in built SteadyFlight system incorporated into the helicopter, which stabilises video and photography during flight making it easier to fly for beginners and more manoeuvrable for the more experienced pilot.

    The DraganFlyer's unique design allows for various camera attachments, including video in high definition 1080p, low light, thermal infrared and 10.1 MP still pictures. All video and pictures are instantly available via the DraganEye goggles and a laptop link-up to ensure the correct shot is achieved. It can fly up to 400 feet in the air allowing users to capture images where manned helicopters cannot reach.

    Dr Ian Maddock, Principal Lecturer in Physical Geography, said: "This piece of equipment will transform the way we currently carry out research into river science. It will replace the methods we currently use, that involve assessing the rivers subjectively by walking along the bankside. This means we can be more accurate in our research. We also plan to use it for other areas within the Institute of Science and the Environment, including aerial surveys for vegetation mapping for applications in ecology and environmental management, dig sites in archaeology, and maybe even sites of forensic interest. We also expect the equipment to be demonstrated to students within our third year geography module in Applied GIS and Remote Sensing."

    About The University of Worcester

    The University of Worcester is Britain's fastest growing university with applications through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) more than doubling in the past five years.

    The University offers a wealth of part-time, flexible and full-time course opportunities, to help people of all ages and backgrounds take their first steps into University study.

    The University is growing by demand with the refurbishment of the former Worcester Royal Infirmary buildings in Castle Street, creating state-of-the-art new teaching facilities and accommodation. The first phase of the development opened in September 2009 and the second phase will be completed in September 2010.

    The University has also purchased a 47 acre site at Grove Farm, Worcester, where it intends to build a Sport, Science and Business Park over the next 10 years and another prime site in Worcester's Hylton Road where it will develop a state-of-the-art sports arena and teaching facilities over the next two years.

    The University is home to the National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit, which provides the UK's pollen forecasts and assists police with forensic cases.

    For further information about studying Environmental Management and Physical Geography at the University this September please call 01905 855 111 or email admissions ( @ ) worc dot ac.uk

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