Kashmir-Robotics is hosting the Worldwide Wildlife Conservation unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Challenge to foster innovation and invention in the design, fabrication, and utilization of unmanned aircraft to assist with counter poaching and illicit wildlife trafficking.
The wcUAVc stimulates innovation and invention among people worldwide to tackle counter-poaching problems globally.
The Wildlife Conservation UAV Challenge is to design low cost UAVs that can be deployed over the rugged terrain of Kruger, equipped with sensors able to detect and locate poachers, and communications able to relay accurate and timely intelligence to Park Rangers. UAVs that governments use in warfare might provide some of these capabilities, but Kruger does not have the runways, crews, maintenance facilities, and billions of dollars needed for such operations. The Challenge is to design aircraft that can be launched in the bush, operate for hours over the rugged terrain, detect and locate poachers, communicate over existing commercial infrastructures, and recover in the bush -- all for under $3,000.
The three-tier goal of wcUAVc is to:
1. Create an awareness concerning poaching of endangered species worldwide.
2. Energize creative and innovative people around the world to contribute towards a UAV that provides an immediate counter to ongoing poaching.
3. Provide a sustainable long-term strategic and tactical solution for counter-poaching and trafficking of wildlife through a collaboration of integrated systems with the help of organizations, foundations, corporations and individuals around the world.
The mission of wcUAVc is to collaborate among local, national and international students, academics, hobbyists, innovators, entrepreneurs and corporations to cooperate and compete in a design, build, and fly challenge that emphasizes the integration of sensors, embedded systems, and communications in a robust and high endurance aircraft.