Thousands of Invasive rats in Ecuador’s Galápagos archipelago have been killed with the help of drones dropping bait laced with poison on two small islands in Ecuador’s Galápagos archipelago.
A conservation group used this technique to eradicate rodents causing extensive damage to the endemic species of flora and fauna.
Drones were chosen for the task because they were a cheaper, safer and easier option than spreading the bait by hand on the extremely rugged terrain of the 184-hectare island, a nature research journal reported Thursday.
Two six-rotor UAVs capable of carrying upto 20 kilograms of bait for 15 minutes started spreading bait laced with rat poison around North Seymour island and a nearby islet called Mosquera on January 12.
The government of Ecuador partnered with Island Conservation, an American non-profit to drop an immense 44 pounds of rat poison pellets per trip. The drones are launched from a boat near the island and fly autonomously along a pre-programmed route, dropping pellets as they go. A total of 6,600 pounds (3,000 kilograms) of rat poison were produced for the eradication, according to Futurism.
Half of North Seymour was treated using the drone while the other half was treated by hand.
Conservationists plan to compare outcomes in the drone-baited and hand-baited halves of the island.
The group intends to drop a second round of bait using a drone in a few weeks. It will then monitor rat activity on the island for two years.
This kind of approach on vertebrates in the wild has been used for the first time.
In New Zealand, Craig Morley, an invasive-species specialist is researching the use of modified drones to lay poison for Australian brush-tailed possums (Trichosurus vulpecula), considered as pests in the country.
The Government of India has directed drones to be installed with a kill switch that can disable a drone in case it turns rogue. “The government wants drone manufacturers to add a chip at the hardware level to ensure that security agencies can disable the drone remotely in case it turns rogue,”
The Russian Navy plans to place more than 30 Poseidon strategic nuclear-capable underwater drones on combat duty. "Two Poseidon-carrying submarines are expected to enter service with the Northern Fleet and the other two will join the Pacific Fleet
The Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced Saturday that Kiev is buying six Bayraktar TB2 combat drones from Turkey. According to a report by Turkish media agency,
The Canadian government has imposed new regulations for flying drones to improve the security of aviation and safety of public, on Wednesday. The rules will come into effect on June 1, 2019
The United States (US) has ordered small reconnaissance drones for its army from FLIR Systems. The contract for Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance Drones is worth $39 million, the company said in a statement
Fifty Drones and small planes have been deployed in Bangkok to fight unhealthy pollution levels by spraying water over six areas of the city on Thursday. Aswin Kwannuang, the governor, declared the city a "pollution control zone
Lockheed Wins US Navy's Super Hornet IR Search and Track System Contract
General Dynamics To Support Saudi's SLAM-ER Weapon System
Raytheon Wins $80M Lightweight Torpedo Contract for US, India, 4 Others
Raytheon to Replace Solid State Modules for US Navy's Missile Warning System,...
Israel to Modernise Ukrainian MiG-29 Jets for $440M
MiG-35 Shows Off New AESA Radar at MAKS 2019
Russian S-300s, S-400s Fail to Detect Israeli F-35s Flying Over Syria: Reports...
Russia Unveils its Biggest Ever Drone to Compete with US Global Hawk
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly permeating the defence industry to aid and improve human decision-making
Upgrade of Russias Sukhoi Su-30SM fighters to equip them with armaments, radar, sensors and engines from the more powerful Su-35...
US companies sanctioned by China for supplying weapons to Taiwan may be denied rare earth elements (REEs), which have critical...
While the US F-35 stealth aircraft has become one the fastest selling fighter jets in the world aircraft market, thanks...
Russian state-run Almaz-Antey has released additional data on its latest export-version of Buk-M3 Viking air defense missile system (ADMS)
The MiG-29, one of Russias most exported military jet has been upgraded in India that expands its capabilities from an...