landscape architect uses drone to collect data in Ecuador

Accurate geospatial data is necessary for planning and designing coastal disaster prevention work. Ecuadorian landscape architects use drones to collect data to understand floods, storm surges, and sea level rise. 

Karen M'Closkey, ASLA, an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania, discovered the Galapagos Islands while exploring the islands in a studio she led. The two, together with Keith VanDerSys, a partner of Pegg Landscape + Architects and the head of digital media at the University of Pennsylvania, contacted the Ecuadorian Oceanographic Agency (INOCAR) about the lack of data.

Ultimately, INOCAR asked for help creating data and digital models for the community and designers. To address the technical and engineering challenges faced by this project, Michael Luegering and Michael Tantala, senior assistants of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, and adjunct professors at the City College of New York were brought to the team.

long flight time drone for surveillance 


Wheelbase: 1600mm
Frame Weight: 3.8kg(with landing gear)
RTF Weight: 6.8kg(no battery)
Max. Take-off Weight: 28kg (36kg by using 8120 motor or T-motor P80)
Flight Time: 90 minutes(no payload)(4x 6s 30000mAh Li-ion battery);

                  70 minutes(4x 6s 22000mAh Lipo battery)
Voltage: 48V
Battery: 6S 22000mAh Lipo x4; or 6S 30000mAh Li-ion x4