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Drone Adventures is a non-profit organization founded in Lausanne, Switzerland. We see drones as a powerful and exciting tool that can be used to make the world a better place. Our goal is to promote the great potential of drones in civilian applications, focusing on conservation, humanitarian, cultural and search and rescue domains.

We believe that the best way to show the world how drones can be used for good is through action. We organize Drone Adventures throughout the world, putting together the people that know drones best with the people that need them the most. The data that is collected is then released to local communities on open-source platforms so that the mission’s effect can be felt for years to come. In this way we hope to educate the largest possible audience on how drone technology can positively impact our everyday lives.



by   -   February 25, 2016

imageWith already over 15 missions under our belt, we have mapped just about any landscape with our drones. But the one thing we haven’t done yet is to give marine conservation a hand. Mapping St-Joseph atoll in the Seychelles and acquiring high-resolution aerial images to identify shark and ray pups seemed like the perfect challenge to introduce our drones to the salty and wet air of marine conservation. 

by and   -   October 6, 2015
Credit: Karen Falk
Credit: Karen Falk

What happens when you mix ancient Bushmen knowledge with the latest in drone technology? Our experiment of joining these two very opposite worlds makes up for a completely new way of counting wildlife. By Matthew Parkan and Sonja Betschart.

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Preparing eBees for flight with help from local villagers.

Exactly one year after our first mission to Namibia for the SAVMAP project, a team made up of Drone Adventures, EPFL’s LASIG lab and Kuzikus Wildlife Reserve came together again in the Southern African savanna from May 16 to 23, 2015 to apply last year’s findings and push the limits of civilian drone use for nature conservation applications one step further.

Most Drone Adventures missions to date have involved using eBee mapping drones to assist humanitarian projects. However in recent months we have taken part in an increasing number of environmental conservation projects too, such as our recent Namibia mission.

Tim Produit giving a lecture at Gobabeb Research & Training Center on Vegetation Indexes.
Tim Produit giving a lecture at Gobabeb Research & Training Center on Vegetation Indexes.

Timothée Produit of EPFL’s LASIG lab and his colleague Matthew Parkan show us how to use multi-spectral imagery acquired by the eBee and converted to NIR and RGB orthomosaics with Pix4Dmapper to create vegetation base maps.

by and   -   September 11, 2014

The purpose of the “Aerial Clicker” is to crowdsource the tagging of aerial imagery captured by UAVs in humanitarian settings.

by and   -   September 3, 2014

While we made up the term “Airchaeology”, we define it as the study of human activity in the past, conducted from the air in the present. Our Airchaeology Expedition in Southern Turkey included dozens of flights over the ancient cities of Aphrodisias and Ephesus. Check out the high-resolution aerial maps we produced.

This past May, Drone Adventures teamed up with Kuzikus Wildlife Reserve, as well as the Polytechnic of Namibia to carry out a two-week mapping mission to explore the variety of uses that drone mapping can offer nature conservation.

by and   -   May 29, 2013

Hello drones lovers! Here is the video of our first humanitarian mission with Drone Adventures. We went to Haiti to explore the potential uses of drones to map encampments, riverbeds and entire villages.