SharkWatch is a project to keep South Africa’s beaches safe from shark attacks and drownings with the use of specialised Unmanned Aerial System kits.
These small light weight aircraft can patrol our beaches autonomously sending back a live video feed from the aircraft to the user. This will allow beach patrol and life guards to act quickly to any situation.
Each kit consists of:
M.A Hawk – The Hawk is a lightweight UAS, designed for mid to long range flights for surveillance and reconnaissance. The Hawk can be operated manually or programmed for full autonomous flight, utilizing its advanced avionics and accurate GPS navigation. With a wingspan of 1.7m and a weight of 3kg, the hand-launched Hawk provides aerial observation with ranges of 20km or more and endurance of up to 90mins. The high quality camera on board the Hawk provides real time video feedback to the GCS (Ground Control Station).
M.A 400 – The 400 is a Multi-Rotor UAS, designed for rapid deployment and short to mid-range flights. It is built for agility and speed, and can be carried in a back pack to track down any poacher or rhino in a matter of seconds. As with the Hawk, the 400 can be manually operated or programmed using the same advanced avionics and GPS as the Hawk.
M.A GSC – The GSC, or Ground Control Station, is your link to the aerial systems. It contains two HD LCD screens for mission planning and a live video feedback, battery charging station, and spares for the systems all in a tough pelican case. The GCS is light weight and portable and can run off the 12 volt battery inside the GCS or from mains.
Not only will this project save lives, but is also very cost effective.