Research

Poacher Discovery and Tracking from an Aerial Vehicle

Sponsor:
Vulcan
Industry Mentor:
Joel Reiter
Faculty Adviser:
Chris Lum


This project is intended to identify techniques and technologies to detect and track poachers in Africa and elsewhere. As examples, poachers use cell phones, drive in trucks, and deploy barbed wire to indiscriminately snare roaming animals (spooling and storing this material in large piles when not in use). Discovering these anomalies and forwarding this data in real time to authorities will deny materials and territory to poachers and produce evidence of their activities.

The team will need to apply their aerospace expertise to complete design tradeoffs, determine the difference between expected and delivered performance, fabricate experimental hardware, and create test plans that illuminate the performance of the final system.