If you look back, RC drones started off with military applications and were from portable in nature. Fast forward to now and you now have smaller quadcopters intended for recreational purposes. Nevertheless, there are certain brands and models that have commercial and tactical applications. On the other hand, the Humla Forestry Drone does exactly what its name implies.

This portable and lightweight drone will become an important tool for governments and conservationists. Its purpose is to aid workers in scout and survey wooded areas minus the disadvantages of regular drones. Making your way around a location dense with trees can be a nightmare for regular models. The spinning blades of the propellers can snag branches and even hurt wildlife.

In order to avoid these setbacks, the Humla hovers using a blade-less propulsion system. It’s easy to transport using the accompanying chest strap where it can be mounted and charged on the go. It’s designed to sit in front so users can quickly remove and activate the machine.

For now, in its current form, the drone can handle tasks such as forest planning and monitoring the local biodiversity. Researchers can also rely on it to give them a wide-angle view of a particular spot in that area. The Humla Forestry Drone likewise features a three-camera setup that captures footage from any angle. Operators no longer need maneuver in order to aim the sensors properly. There’s a lot of potential riding on its success. Who knows, we might see new upgrades in the future that adds more functions and possibly autonomous navigation.

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