Open Ocean Robotics Is Helping the Environment Using Drones

Open Ocean Robotics Is Helping the Environment Using Ocean Drones

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Countless researchers are working together to use new technology to save the environment. One such organization is Open Ocean Robotics that is actively working to develop drones that can collect valuable environmental data in real-time.

The start-up based in British Columbia won a $100,000 grant in a Spring Impact Investor Challenge, a most-promising start-up award from the National Community for Angels, Incubators, and Accelerators, and became a finalist in a New Ventures BC Competition. Their valuable work is gaining the attention of both the public and private sectors. 

And, there’s no sign of stopping their critical work for the planet. 

The company developed an ocean drone outfitted with various sensors that can gather environmental data. It is equipped with 360-degree cameras and smart software known as AIS and remote-sensing LIDAR. The device is powered using solar cells and can potentially stay in open waters for up to a year while continuously collecting data. It uses a satellite network to send information in real-time. 

The ability of the ocean drone to stay in the ocean for an extended amount of time results in very precise data, including year-round weather conditions and trends. It also helps create safer routes for ships, which in turn reduces fuel usage and decreases greenhouse gas emissions. 

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The team is continuously testing prototypes that will eventually be deployed in various parts of the world. They have just finished testing in the Pacific Ocean near Victoria, British Columbia. Currently, the drone successfully concluded a 54-hour, non-stop testing where it reached 74 kilometers. The device withstood the rainy days of November and maintained an 85 percent battery capacity. 

According to Julie Angus, CEO of Open Ocean Robotics, they are planning to conduct more open ocean trials during winter storms where the drone can encounter waves that are 50 feet or larger. The team is planning to test the self-righting functionalities when it capsizes during these conditions. While tests under controlled environments are successful, the group is excited to test the ocean drone in extreme conditions. 

The drone has proven capable of many functionalities in past experiments. It can go on voyages while being controlled remotely or autonomously. The drone can go on missions for multiple data while accurately collecting oceanographic data and sending them through satellite and cellular communication networks. 

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In 2020, the company is set to take the ocean drone on two major projects. Open Ocean Robotics has tied up with the Canadian Coast Guard to map the seafloor in shallow waters. This is critical to further understanding of the oceans and identifying safe navigational areas. The venture will help experts expand their understanding of the world’s oceans. To date, only 20 percent of the planet’s waters are correctly mapped. In some areas like the Canadian Arctic, only one percent of the ocean is mapped using modern-day tools. 

The company is also working with the Oceans and Fisheries Canada to collect data on weather, temperatures, and ocean currents. 

The team is planning to take on more clients after the conclusion of the two projects. The start-up company is registered as a data service company. They design and develop missions to collect desired data, which are mostly environmental and ocean information using their prototype drones. These data are then analyzed to derive insights for various services.

How do you make money with your drone, though?

Okay, so you got your new and fancy drone, but how do you stand out from any dad out there who has the same drone and watched some tutorials online?

I did exactly that and barely had any success. 

But now I’m charging 5x as much as before and even have to refuse clients from time to time.

I even bought about 7 online courses… and I didn’t make much progress.

So how did I finally make it to this level?

If you want the short answer, I learned everything from this guy Alex, who’s making $200 per hour with his drone. And he’s even teaching exactly how to do that.

This is pretty much what you need to know:


1. Make sure you have a proper drone.

If you have any of the latest DJI Drones, like the Mavic Air 2, for example, you’re ready to start making money.

No need to overthink this, but if it’s any help, check this comparison of the best camera drones compared in 2020.

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2.Learn how to create the best content to stand out

You won’t stand out from the next dad who bought a DJI drone for Cristmass in the eyes of your clients if you don’t do this.

It’s WAY more important to know what you’re doing than the gear you have.

You’ll need to learn and master the following:

  • Flying your drone(to stand out from people with basic drone shots)
  • Preparing for the flight and weather in advance
  • Learn the best drone settings (you need a proper setup template)
  • Create the Video Script (it's way easier if you know what to shoot)
  • Have a set of great cinematic shots you know how to do
  • Know how to edit the video so it stands out
  • Learn how to color grade

This is why you HAVE to invest in a proper way to learn things (instead of watching tutorials here and there).

3.Find clients that pay 5x more than regular

But not so fast.

You won’t make a penny if you don’t know how to find your clients.

I have struggled finding clients even when my videos were getting pretty good.

Until I learned a few tricks and how to find and approach them so they won’t be able to say no.

And what’s best, I learned how to get the price I asked for.

How can you do the same?

I have tested quite a few courses online and watched tons of videos on youtube, but frankly, I have learned more from one single course than from everything else… and all that in like a weekend.

Made back the money from this investment in myself in a single week and then much more.


How do I learn all of this? From youtube?

You could simply go online and learn everything in terms of video from youtube, forums, facebook groups etc.

However, let me tell you, it’s the worst way to learn all of this(and the slowest).

You won’t have a Complete Step By step guide on how to do everything.

I found myself frustrated, even after I learned how to do most of the video stuff that I still lacked some knowledge and I didn’t know why my shots weren’t standing out.

I got some general promotion ideas from some articles online, but again… I didn’t have much success and was charging too little for my time.

This is exactly where I learned how to make $200 per hour with my drone (From A to Z)

This course is hold by Alex Harris, who’s an international video creator, director, and drone operator with tons of experience.

And I had a great time stealing his know-how(and greatly profited from it, lol).

I recommend you watch his video presentation bellow and check out the course sales page. It’s quite cheap, considering you’re getting 320+ minutes of everything you need to know, step by step and 80+ minutes on how to actually find the ideal clients for you.

I'm a big drone enthusiast, the owner of and I also make weekly videos on my drone YouTube channel.

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