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The UAV Collaborative is a unique partnership teaming academia, government and industry to further advance the scientific, commercial and civil use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) operating with leading-edge payloads in the National Airspace System with FAA approval. The specific public purposes for which this corporation is organized include:

UAVs collecting hyperspectral and multispectral data in the Florida Keys

Seagrass/Coral Reef UAV Project
Led by Principal Investigator Dr. Stanley Herwitz (Director of the UAV Collaborative), the NASA-funded Project involved testing the use of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology to examine the dynamics of seagrass and coral reef biomes. Working with his team of co-investigators specializing in coastal biology, marine remote sensing and optical oceanography, extensive airborne and water-based datasets were collected from representative seagrass and coral reef sites in the Florida Keys in 2012 and 2013. The Project showcased 26 UAV flights involving three different low-flying UAVs equipped with different payloads operating with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) in the National Airspace System.

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