Daniel Dupré, founder of Aerofoundry, is a remote sensing 'Advanced User' with more than 30 years of experience using aerial surveying and satellite imagery on tropical forest ecology, agroecology, forest management and conservation, land use planning, and rural development in more than 20 countries
From aerial infrared photography and Landsat 1, to the most recent hyperspectral airborne sensors and laser scanners, Dr. Dupré and his collaborators have always been looking for cutting-edge, cost-efficient remote sensing tools to produce the best spatial information. However, as scientific research and land use planning are always on a tight budget, migration to Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) remote sensing tools (instead of poor quality satellite images - no matter the amount of marketing telling the contrary) became a no-brainer.
Today, Aerofoundry is an international team of senior experts and young, very driven engineers specialized in unmanned technologies, high-tech suppliers and highly specialized sub-contractors located all around the World. From Brazil, where Aerofoundry was born, we are now in four continents... and expanding. And now we are beyond just remote sensing, as we also offer very advance intelligence, surveillance and reconaissance (ISR / ISTAR) solutions with Mil oriented engineering.
In 2008, our group was hired to execute a highly complex, very large agroecology zoning contract in the Northern Amazon. Aerial survey cumbersome logistics, operational difficulties and costs overruns (and the usual 'government induced' managerial headaches) forced us to look for aerial platform alternatives to carry an advance (and a bit heavy, at the time) hyperspectral sensor payload. After quite some time the idea of using a UAS took form and it was the begining of a larger project.
As we were working in the Amazon, one of the most rugged, demanding environments of the World, the technological challenges were almost insurmountable. Be it ruggedness, endurance or range, UAS specs requirements were very high. No adapted air model toy or feeble foam flying wing could do it. Nor a military grade surveillance UAS was affordable or necessary. It was 2008 and not many options were available, so we ended up manufacturing an adapted 12m wingspan motor glider project, converted into UAS.
After this succesful experience, we struggled for a time, shopping around for ideas and development concepts, and adding people with complementary skills to the team until 2011, when a one-time solution for a specific contract finally became a commercial UAS enterprise, and our Yaró UAS family was born.
Today we produce solutions for agriculture and forestry, photogrammetry, Lidar surveying and Intelligence, surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) for Homeland Security applications.