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Air Support Environment - Test flights in Sint-Truiden

31 January 2024

This Tuesday, January 30, flight tests of the device for taking georeferenced aerial photographs, as part of research on the automation of aerial wildlife inventories, in collaboration with the University of Liège, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech.

Today's photos allow us to improve the configuration of the inertial station attached to the camera. This device records the position of the aircraft in three dimensions every second. This allows us to automatically obtain the ground projection of each photo, integrating the position of the aircraft and the topography.

These numerous tests allow us to improve the system in preparation for the aerial photographic inventories of elephants and other large mammals that we must carry out in the coming months in Africa.

Thanks to Alexandre Delplanque of the University of Liège, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech for this fabulous technical work, to Patrick Deschrijver, a loyal volunteer from Aviation Sans Frontières, for his long-standing, unwavering involvement in Africa and Belgium, to René Pacque for lending us his Cessna 172 again, to Lathouwers Luc, better known as Latty for volunteer piloting and to Titouan Levrel, bachelor in International Cooperation from the Haute Ecole de la Province de Namur, for his passionate involvement in as part of his internship at Aviation Sans Frontières.