Sault-raised drone photographer sends images from his arctic voyage (11 aerial drone shots and video)

Ryan Rizzo is travelling across the country, documenting less-populated areas, and is on the front line of conservation drone photographer

Former Sault resident Ryan Rizzo just spent three days cutting through icebergs on a 1950s Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker in the Northwest Passage.

He’s doing drone photography.

Rizzo is a participant in the Canada C3 expedition, a 150-day journey that started this spring out of Toronto.

From there, the expedition went down the St. Lawrence River, around the east coast, is currently going through the arctic, and will finish in Victoria, B.C.

It is currently on Leg 9 of the journey, travelling mostly through Canadian Arctic waters from Pond Inlet to Cambridge Bay.

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Aquatic Fixed-Wing Drone Could Lake-Hop Across Canada

This aquatic drone has a clever mechanism that allows it to efficiently take off and land on water
Image: University of Sherbrooke
With a clever mechanism that allows it to efficiently take off and land on water, this drone could use solar charging to travel around lakes all summer.

Fixed-wing drones are the way to go for efficient flying, but they pose challenges for long term autonomy because of how demanding they are when it comes to takeoffs and landings. You need a nice big flat area, and usually you need infrastructure support. A drone that needs to operate for days or weeks at a time completely on its own can’t rely on either, which means you need to get creative. Continue reading

The Freshwater Trust has partnered with Portland State University’s Sustainable Water

Portland, Oregon — The Freshwater Trust has partnered with Portland State University’s Sustainable Water, Energy and Environmental Technologies Laboratory (SWEETLab) and Oregon State University (AIS Lab) to test how unmanned vehicle systems (UAS), commonly known as drones, can help monitor the health and growth of streamside forests.

A team of engineering professors and graduate students will spend several days flying UASs over a river restoration site in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, collecting data on forest density and species height. Continue reading