On Friday April 8th, the Seward Flyers flew over the mouth of the Resurrection River with the hexacopter. It was a clear morning and the tide was low. Their goal is to make a detailed map of the drainage by using the geotagged images captured by the UAV and a software program called Agisoft. Images were taken from the UAV pointing straight down.
Over 2100 images were taken of the drainage during this flight. These images have been sent to UAF for processing on the Agisoft program. Students are excited to share the results of this data with the Seward Flood Control Board.
In addition to collecting vertical images for the 3D mapping project, they flew one mission with the camera facing forward. Teacher George Reising described the flights as a success because the students took care of all preparations and logistics and no equipment was lost during the mission.