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Mauritania Sees Survey Company CTG Provide New Drone Services

An established survey company is now providing drone services in Mauritania.  Consulting Training Group (CTG) Topographie, based in the capital city of Nouakchott, has taken the lead from one of our Senegal based clients operating in the mining sector.

Tijani with PPK Datahawk
Tijani with his DATAhawk PPK
Map of Mauritania, Copyright Planet Earth

CTG  is aiming to take on the challenge of a 40,000ha high-resolution survey in the Eastern Mauritania region using DATAhawk PPK. The sheer size of the project would make a normal drone survey with ground control an impossible task due to the immense number of ground control required and the difficult, barren terrain. Hence the 3cm to 6cm geospatial resolution capable with the QuestUAV PPK technology brings this opportunity closer to reality.

The companies director, Cheikh Tijani Hamed, received his DATAhawk PPK fixed-wing drone during his official drone training in the United Kingdom in February 2019.

Mauritania is one of Africa’s newest oil producers and is rich in mineral resources such as iron and ore.  Mauritania is in North West Africa and the eleventh largest sovereign state in Africa, bordered by Algeria, Mali, Western Sahara and Senegal.  The largely desert country presents a cultural contrast, with an Arab-Berber population to the North and black Africans to the south.  Many of its people are nomads.

CTG’s contact details are 126 Zone universitaire Nouakchott Mauritanie  TEL: +222 45292120 +22222377823

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Congratulations Team GGP for Successfully Completing the QuestUAV Training


After Seven Days Intensive Flight Training The GGP Team Is Ready For Their First Survey Adventure


30,000 Hectares of Tropical Fruits Need To Be Mapped!

Q200 GGP in Flight

More Than 25 Takeoffs And Landings

After seven days of intensive training, the flight crew at GGP (Great Giant Pinapple) is ready to complete their own flight missions without supervision of the QuestUAV trainers. During the past week the team has practiced the whole mission workflow over and over again, including not only flight practice but also safety assessment, flight planning, site setup, UAV maintenance, camera preparation and data extraction.

The two Q-200 Agri-Pros have been launched and landed more than 25 times. The GGP crew has learned how to fly in different modes (auto and assisted) and how to land their QuestUAV drones with both methods, parachute and belly landing, on different surface types (matured pineapple, young pineapple, knocked down fields, roads).


 

Q200 Drone GGP

A Big Mission Ahead

The QuestUAV training was just the start of a larger survey mission and certainly a busy time for the new flight crews. 30,000 hectares of pineapple, banana and other tropical fruits are waiting to be mapped by the crew and analysed by GGP's agricultural and GIS experts.

UAV images, especially NDVI maps, will be used for the assessment of plant vigor and crop status, disease detection and identification of canopy gaps. Further, UAV-based elevation models will become the basis for developing a better drainage system for the entire plantation.


 

Thanks To All Helping Hands

The QuestUAV team, especially our trainers Nigel and Stuart, would like to thank GGP for their outstanding hospitality and the dedication of the whole crew to make this training week a success. Special thanks goes to Nanda Pratama (himself a QuestUAV pilot in Indonesia) for his translation work and training support.

Nigel and Stuart, now on the way back home, will bring many impressions and perspectives back to the QuestUAV workshop and we are looking forward to hear more stories from Indonesia.

Nigel King & GGP
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Q-200 AGRI Pro International Training Continues Apace in Indonesia


QuestUAV Training Team Starts Large-Team International Training with the Q-200 with GGP


One of QuestUAV Ltd's flight training teams arrived in Indonesia this past weekend, to provide in-country training for GGP (Great Giant Pineapple). Sunday saw the completion of a successful series of test flights with Q-200 AGRI Twin NDVI aircraft.

Q200 Indonesia

Training began in earnest yesterday and today saw the first flights with the flight teams in-country. Some 18 people from these teams (and other GGP staff with a need to understand the technology) are taking part in QuestUAV international training within Indonesia this week.

Q200 Indonesia

Project Background


GGP grow a majority of premium Pineapple crop, although they are also responsible for Banana, Palm Oil and Casava plantation areas and a growing segment of other tropical fruits. The plantations are over 30,000 Ha in area. UAV images and the UAV project are phase one of GGPs initiative to integrate precision agriculture firmly within their growing processes. Phase 1 of this initiative are the UAV flight, monitoring and image collection missions that this current training is enabling. Phase 2 will see GGP purchase large GPS-driven farm machinery to make use of the GIS output provided by the teams in Phase 1.


 

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QuestUAV trainers will continue to assess and instruct the flight teams throughout this week and into next. We will keep you posted.


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