Earth Imaging Journal: Remote Sensing, Satellite Images, Satellite Imagery
Breaking News
Galileo is Paving the Way Towards Next Generation Applications
Marseille – While the Earth’s atmosphere and ground surfaces...
GeoCue Enables Third Party GNSS Use with Phantom 4 RTK
Huntsville, AL – GeoCue Group (via its wholly owned...
University of Alaska, GeoNorth Information Systems, Lockheed Martin Partner to Collect Arctic Surveillance Data for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) awarded GeoNorth...
Sentera Announces Precision Ag Solution Price Promotion
MINNEAPOLIS - In preparation for the 2019 growing season, Sentera...
Square Foot Photography Emerges as Top Commercial Real Estate Photo Provider
AUSTIN, Texas - Square Foot Photography has been gaining nationwide...

StillFly, a small unmanned aircraft, hovers over a stretch of land in the Naples countryside where, more than two decades ago, the Camorra mafia buried two trucks carrying toxic waste.

Environmental dumping, a major problem in Italy, often is tied to organized crime. An unmanned aerial vehicle is being tested to catch polluters in the act and track pollution back to its source.

StillFly is a three-winged, five-pound, battery-powered drone that flies a few feet above the ground. The drone’s heat-sensing camera and gas sensors transmit data to a monitoring station. Its sensors were designed to work as a small, portable lab.

“It’s like forensic police on the scene of a murder but re-adapted for environmental crime,” says Massimiliano Lega, an environmental engineer.

StillFly is now being tested to zero-in on riverbeds, farmlands and industrial sites in several areas in Italy, according to Forest Ranger Marco Di Fonzo. He says this kind of technology could be much more economical and effective than doing surveillance in a helicopter. StillFly already has helped put a few polluters to trial—a farmer accused of channeling buffalo waste into a river and a mozzarella maker who allegedly dumped tanks of whey brine. The unmanned aircraft also spotted a cargo ship rinsing out its tanks in the Gulf of Naples by night.

Image courtesy of PRI Angelica Marin.

Read the full story.

Comments are closed.