The GatorEye XL is a key component of a new long-term multi-institutional academic-industry-government partnership and is directed and managed by Dr. Almeyda Zambrano, who also leads mission logistics, data pre-processing, and quality control. Dr. Broadbent supports the vision in new hardware and workflow development for efficient large-area multi-sensor data collection. GatorEye XL is in system integration and data collection workflow development stage, with planned large-area data collections starting in Fall 2021 across Northern Florida.
Figure 1. In development GatorEye XL flight platform, a hybrid battery-gas powered system with flight times exceeding 2 hours with a 6 kg GatorEye payload.