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Aerial “hexacopter” gives geography research a lift

geog_device_1_2013               (Graduate student Peter Christian has developed an unmanned aerial device to help researchers capture high resolution images of the natural environment.)

Known as a “hexacopter,” after its hexagonal shape, this unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is the size of a model airplane and was adapted by graduate student Peter Christian to be used for aerial surveys.

“Using UAVs opens up new areas of research that were previously too expensive to survey from the air or too difficult or dangerous to study from the ground,” said Christian, a student in the Geographic Information Science master’s program.

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