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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles student programme launched for prevention and protection of the environment

Published: 3 January 2020
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Engineering students from the University of Southampton will develop drones that can help protect the environment in a new research programme funded by a philanthropic technology entrepreneur.

The new Turner-Kirk UAV Research Support Programme will fund three groups of fourth-year students to focus on ways to improve the efficiency and extend the battery life of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).

The new scheme follows a £15,000 donation from Southampton alumnus Dr Ewan Kirk.

The solutions will enable greater longer-range monitoring, tracking and evaluation of the impact of environmental degradation, which is currently prohibitively expensive to deploy on a widespread scale.

The student team will also undertake a field trip to Guatemala next year to monitor a live volcano using the new technology in collaboration with the University of Bristol.

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