Yuneec International said it has announced a collaboration with Ocean Alliance, an organization dedicated to promoting ocean and human health.
Ocean Alliance will use Yuneec´s Typhoon and Tornado drones to collect data from whales in a non-invasive way, making the collaboration an important breakthrough in whale research.
To conduct the research, a petri dish will be attached to Yuneec multicopters flown into the cloud of spray exhaled by whales when they surface. Essentially, the Typhoon and Tornado multicopters will fly into a cloud of snot, which is why Ocean Alliance refers to their Yuneec drones as “snot bots.”
The samples collected can tell scientists about the health and fitness of the whale. Yuneec´s near silent multicopters allow scientists to retrieve this data without the whale taking notice, preventing the infliction of stress upon the whale. “Snot bots” hover several yards above the surface of the water while human operators are close to a mile away (must disable the geo-fence so the operator can be more than 300 feet away?).
In contrast, most current methods of physical sample collection involve pursuit in a motorized boat and firing a biopsy dart from a crossbow. In addition to causing stress to the whales, it is believed this approach can skew results, especially with regard to understanding stress levels for whales outside of captivity.
Founded in 1999, Yuneec is a world leader in electric aviation. With hundreds of patents held, Yuneec´s core technologies power manned aircraft, Typhoon and Tornado drones and its market-leading line of radio controlled aircraft for the hobby market. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Yuneec manufactures over one million units a year that are sold under OEM/ODM brands as well as the Typhoon brand of multicopters.
Ocean Alliance, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization, was founded in 1971. It collects a broad spectrum of data on whales and ocean life relating particularly to toxicology, behavior, bioacoustics, and genetics.