Why UPEI has the largest drone fleet for a Canadian university
Every summer, a team of P.E.I. scientists goes out on the road, stops at remote locations near the Island’s shoreline or by some farm field, unloads thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment and gets ready for takeoff.
“Basically if the weather is good in the flying season, which is like spring through the fall, we’re basically out every day,” said Andy MacDonald, who works with the University of Prince Edward Island’s climate lab.
He joined the lab when he was pursuing a master’s degree in environmental sciences.
“You get out there, you kind of set everything up, and then you’re kind of there for the day, or like half a day, flying…. Then you kind of pack up and move to the next one.”
MacDonald, one of the climate lab’s two full-time drone pilots, is responsible for helping manage what UPEI says is the largest drone fleet for a Canadian post-secondary institution.
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