December 10, 2015 at 2:48 pm

Geography Gets a Drone for GIS Program

The Geography Department is now the proud owner of a drone—a DJI Phantom 3 Advanced Quadcopter with 2.7K Go-Pro Camera and 3-Axis Gimbal.

The camera will be a great resource for classroom applications, as well as faculty and student research projects. Dr. Jim Lein is starting things off with a “drone seminar” in the spring.

Tim Grubb flies the new Geography drone.

Tim Grubb flies the new Geography drone.

IT specialist Tim Grubb was invaluable with the new purchase.

“For me, the most interesting feature of the Phantom 3 is the ability to live stream the on-board camera to a tablet mounted right on the controller,” Grubb says. “Seeing what the camera is doing in real time and being able to make adjustments on the fly reduces trial-and-error and allows us to do more with each 20-minute flight.”

Watch the video from 400 feet above South Green on YouTube.

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