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Flight Testing

After proving we could use AI to detect Māui dolphins from footage, we needed to ensure we had found a drone that could actually fly within the rough west coast Māui dolphin habitat.

Aerotech took us out to the beach to give us a demo of the JOUAV CW-20 which we later borrowed to do our test flying.

The CW20 unit we tested can fly for up to 4 hours at a time maintaining a speed of ~120kmh. Allowing us to cover a lot of ocean per flight! You’ll notice these amazing drones take off and land vertically like a normal drone but fly like an airplane. This allows us to navigate the high cliffs along the west coast easily, or even launch from a boat.

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