I’m looking for a drone to take deep into the rainforest down in Central America for conservation mapping with local communities. The obvious choice seems to be a DJI Phantom, however I would prefer to have an open source/free software workflow (i.e. Mission Planner, OpenDroneMap), so I was recommended a Tarot 650 ready to fly from UAV Systems. But it seems too big for taking into remote areas.
I am fairly good with electronics but I’ve never built a drone and can’t spare an extra month for trial and error, so in any case I could go for a ready made kit with pre chosen components.
In summary, I need:
- A drone with a camera good enough for mapping
- Relatively portable to take several hours into the forest
- 20 minutes flight time minimum seems ok for the size areas we would be mapping
- Beginner pilot, so collision avoidance would be great
- Can use Mission Planner for waypoint flight plans (or another free as in beer fight planning option)
- Foldable or easy to assemble and disassemble on the field to reduce carrying size would be fantastic
- Reasonably enclosed to resist light rain would be a big plus (it rains a lot in the rainforest)
I’ve spent a lot of time researching and everything says DJI but I’m resisting… Any ideas?