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Raven RQ-11A sUAS: USGS Training Exercise
Hanson: Welcome to this video demonstration of the Raven-A unmanned aerial system at Dugway Army Base in Utah.
[Sound and conversation as a man prepares to launch the Raven]
"All right, comin' up."
[Raven A engine revs: loud, high-pitched buzz...man launches the drone.
Inaudible; person clapping. As it flies off: "Perfect Mark!" and other exclamations.]
[Aerial views of prescribed fire--color camera]
Hanson: This is footage as seen from the Raven's color camera. The top of the screen displays flight status information conveyed from aircraft to pilot, including location, altitude above mean sea level, and distance from the pilot.
Hanson: Here we're testing the Raven at different altitudes and views for monitoring a controlled burn.
Hanson: Notice in this shot, the two people monitoring the burn in the lower right and center of the screen. Controlled burns are used by various agencies for vegetation management.
[Overground views of fire--infrared camera]
Hanson: Here we've switched to the infrared camera-notice that the fire shows as white on the screen. The infrared camera has two modes for indicating heat sources, "white hot" or "black hot." Heat-generating objects, such as animals, fires, or buildings, will appear white or black, depending on the mode chosen.
[Aerial view of buildings—infrared camera]
Hanson: Here the buildings are shown in "white hot" mode, and in a second will switch to "black hot" mode--right there. Black now indicates the heat source. As you can see, the switch can be made in mid-flight.
[Wind, background conversation: two men work with equipment in back of pickup]
Hanson: The mission control station is designed to be very portable and quick to set up in the field.
[Still photos of equipment]
Hanson: Here is the Ground Control Unit and batteries... and the laptop for tracking flight and recording video.
[More overground aerial views—color camera]
Hanson: This is what it would look like to survey vegetation types and ground cover, or look for large animals or sandhill cranes with the color camera.
[Flight over ground crew followed by on-ground video of the crew]
Hanson: The ground crew includes the pilot in command, the mission control pilot, and two observers.
[View of Raven in the distance, coming in for a landing]
Hanson: The Raven is now making its landing approach... the pilot activates the auto-land sequence, and... [as Raven bounces on the ground with a crunch] ...That's intentional.
[Still photo of “landed” Raven]
Hanson: ... the Raven is designed to break apart to dissipate energy...
[Still photo of intact Raven]
Hanson: ...and is easily put back together.
[Still photo of trainees and the Raven]
Hanson: The people in this photograph are U.S. Department of the Interior and Department of Agriculture employees trained at Dugway in 2009. These are the first federal civil servants to be trained as Raven pilots. Plans are underway to use the Raven system in a dozen natural resource projects in 2011 and 2012.
Narrator 2: Thank you for watching. This video presentation was produced by the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Project Office, U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior. USGS scientist Leanne Hanson, 3rd from right in the photo, narrated. To exit the video, simply close the media player.
Title: Raven RQ-11A sUAS: USGS Training Exercise
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) biologist Leanne Hanson narrates this video showing how the Raven-A small unmanned aircraft system, also called an sUAS or simply a drone, works in the field and what it “sees” from the air. In the first application of the Raven A system to a natural resource management need, the USGS and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are testing the Raven A to see if it will be an effective means of conducting aerial counts of migrating sandhill cranes. This video gives an idea of how the Raven-A system could be applied in natural resources research. The video was produced by the USGS Unmanned Aircraft Systems Project Office during training exercises at the U.S. Army’s Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah in 2009.
Read the full story: “Cranes and Drones: Strange Airfellows?”
Location: U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, UT, USA
Date Taken: 10/1/2009
Video Producer: Mark Bauer , USGS Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Project Office
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