ABC NEWS – World-first tracking drones

“World-first tracking drones developed by Australian National University researchers with help of bettongs –

Researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) have developed a world-first radio tracking system that uses drones — with the help of Canberra’s bettong population.

The system is a big step forward in scientific animal tracking and uses robotic drones that fly above the bush canopy and pinpoint the location of radio transmitters on tagged animal populations.

The drone was developed in collaboration with the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) and tested at Canberra’s bettong sanctuary at Mulligans Flat.

“What’s really unique about it is that it’s a really small, portable system and we’re able to detect the standard radio tracking equipment that researchers are using all around the world, but we’re able to do it in a more rapid, accurate and efficient way,” lead researcher Debbie Saunders said.”

By Jordan Hayne

Posted Tue 25 Aug 2015 at 2:41pm

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