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Drones Will Enhance Daily Field Work: Ministry

Drones Will Enhance Daily Field Work: Ministry
The MLMR UAV pilots with the trainers during the launch of their first ever UAV. Photo: Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources
May 18
11:00 2018

The Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources has pur­chased its own Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for field us­age on a daily basis.

“We can now better monitor gravel extraction works, landslide events, foreshore development and map­ping for engineering design such as road construction and housing development with our new UAV,” the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources Permanent Secretary Malakai Finau said.

“The ministry has purchased its very own UAV worth $175,000 in­cluding training and image pro­cessing software cost.

“The main objective is to have an efficient supplement for remote sensing data collection from satel­lites and manned aircraft for use in large scale mapping, land develop­ment monitoring and disaster as­sessment.”

Mr Finau said that four staff members from the ministry had been trained by certified UAV in­structors and will receive their full licenses to operate the UAV.

The UAV purchased by the min­istry is a Fly Novex Multi-rotor Hexacopter and that the UAV can be mobilised on a short notice and pro­vide up to date information within hours or days to greatly benefit the ministry.

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“We are looking at purchasing more UAVs as this device will make the ministry’s mapping work much easier and faster” Mr. Finau said.

Source: Ministry of Lands and Min­eral Resources

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