Marc Horney, Dean Arakaki
Over the past year, this team has designed and prototyped the first modular aerial tracking system used with Lotek systems. Students developed new technology necessary to integrate the existing USFS collars with a drone. The design is capable of adapting with the technology allowing for future development in efficiency and automation. Looking forward, this project will enable the USFS, with the aid of Cal Poly students, to better understand collared animals like the fisher, and it will continue to push for innovative ideas to not only support other animal conservation, but to provide solutions to future challenges. Image one is a diagram of the system used in this project. Students developed new technology that allowed collar signals on the endangered fisher (1) to be received by antenna placed onto the UAV (3) and transmitted to a on ground team of Cal Poly students for processing (5).
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