The GatorEye XL is a key component of a new long-term multi-institutional academic-industry-government partnership, specifically Phoenix Aerial and Harris Aerial, 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 a collaboration with Phoenix Aerial and Harris Aerial, and with a data collection focus in North America, and with large-area (1000s km2) data collection having started in 2021 and ongoing.
Figure 1. GatorEye XL flight platform, a hybrid battery-gas powered system with flight times exceeding 2 hours with a 6 kg GatorEye payload. System: Harris Aerial