In response to President Obama’s Executive Order on Combating Wildlife Trafficking, Princess Aliyah founded the worldwide Wildlife Conservation unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Challenge (wcUAVc) to foster innovation and invention in the design, fabrication, and utilization of unmanned aircraft to assist with counter poaching and illicit wildlife trafficking. In just a few months the wcUAVc has become the world’s largest and most distributed aircraft research effort. It calls on students, hobbyists, academics, and corporations to cooperate in a Design, Build, Fly challenge that emphasizes the integration of sensors, embedded systems, and communications in a robust and high endurance aircraft.
The rhino horn is one of the most valuable materials on Earth, worth more than six times the value of gold on the streets of Vietnam and China, where it is believed to have great medicinal power. Criminal networks profit on that superstition, while environmentalists race to educate potential consumers about the fallacy of rhino horn medicine.
Partners in Counter Poaching
effort to protect
The wcUAVc encourages innovators and inventors around the world to create new types of aircraft with the latest sensors and computing technologies optimized for the mission. With more than a hundred teams from over 25 countries in six continents, the wcUAVc is the world’s largest and most diverse aircraft research project!
TAKE BACK Kruger
There were more than a 1200 rhinos poached throughout South Africa between January and December 2014 a dramatic rise over the past few years. Kruger National Park, the first reserve in South Africa, is the main battleground for the world’s rhino, where more than 600 were lost in 2013. Experts blame the dramatic increase in affluent populations in Asia, where rhino horn has become a fashionable commodity, selling for as much as $65,000 per kilogram. With the demand increasing, organized crime syndicates have moved into the business of wildlife exploitation, estimated at $23 billion in black-market trade in 2013.
I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Be willing is not enough; we must do.
Princess Aliyah Pandolfi
wcUAVc Team is really doing a splendid job! You people are on the right track and are giving us ample amount of exposure in almost every domain , you have set up a wonderful platform for us to reach the global stage. We can see all of the efforts of organising events and keeping the teams active and informed in all forms (website, networking pages) being really executed well in a neat way,
and out of your way you’re helping a lot of teams like us , and encouraging us to do more, thats really great!
CruiseAders - India
Hi, I love animals and robots. I wish to volunteer at the upcoming WCUAVC. I am a FVP Pilot (Quadcopter and Fixed Wing) It would be great to be a part of this great movement.
My daughter is very excited to "Save the Unicorns." Turns out unicorns are real. ;)
Team Code Green
Counter Poaching Games
The Wildlife Conservation UAV Challenge challenged the world to develop unmanned aircraft able fight day and night, independent of weather, and with a degree of autonomy well beyond that of military aircraft. Rhino and elephant poachers are members of organized criminal networks, armed, trained, and ready for rigors of night fighting in the tough terrain of the African Bush. With about 400 rangers to patrol all of Kruger National Park, they need aircraft that are tough, reliable, easy to repair, and able to perform their mission with relatively little human assistance. Current military UAVs require more personnel for operation than manned aircraft. Achieving a breakthrough in level of autonomy while driving costs down, requires leveraging new open source technology base, with sensors, processors, and communications developed for smart phones and other personal electronic devices; and it requires innovation and invention in design, fabrication, and operation of aircraft.
Our goal is find a location which simulates the terrain, topography, temperature, conditions of Kruger National Park in South Africa. Counter Poaching Games have been post-poned until Spring of 2015, dates to be determined once a new venue has been selected and approvals from CAA and SACAA.
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wcUAVc Team Dutch UAS travelled to South Africa in November 2014 to do their aircraft testing. Watch the video below to see how it went and what they learned!
National Geographic's documentary on the wcUAVc
Team Rhino Shield
The Razor: UVA's 3D - Printed U.A.V.
Wildlife Conservation UAV Challenge presentation at
the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics
Science Technology Conference
AIAA is the world's largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. AIAA’s Science Technology (SciTech) Conference is the world’s largest event for aerospace research, development and technology. On January 8, 2015 Princess Aliyah and wcUAVc Team AREND presented their Design Concepts at the 56th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference. Thank you to AIAA for inviting wcUAVc Teams to present at such a prestigious technology venue. wcUAVc Teams have an opportunity to submit Abstract Papers to be published in the SciTech Conference 2016 publication.