Kerby launch

Kerby launch

Kerby and crew launch drone

ConservationDrones team member Sander van Andel prepares to launch a drone in Tanzania. A rubber bungee cord is hooked to the bottom of the drone and to a stake in the ground about 130 feet away. When van Andel releases the drone, it slingshots into the air and an accelerometer inside it senses the rapid acceleration and triggers the motor to start. The bungee slips off and pilot Kerby (in tan shirt, left) takes control of the drone during its flight.

IMAGE: Lilian Pintea