Here you will find the current setups on the most frequented drones for research use, and drones for fun. I will also occasionally post stuff I am working on, interesting tidbits about new hardware I am using, etc. Constantly Updating!

Drones for Research Setups

DJI Matrice 600 Pro

Our workhorse mapper for the Planetary Research Group at NCSU. We use a DJI x5 Camera with 50 mm prime lens. This has been used extensively in the field at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve. I designed and executed all missions for the fieldwork, organized the park research and UAS permitting, etc.

DJI Matrice 100

Our more portable field capable UAS in the planetary research group. We have the extra battery bay installed and use the DJI Zenmuse z3 camera on this. I frequently end up strapping this UAS to my back to get to more remote locations for the mapping.

DJI Phantom 4

The most portable and user friendly UAS in the Planetary Research Group fleet is the Phantom 4. I have flown it from boats, took it across the Australian outback, etc, and still works like new!

Fun Drones!

3d Printing

I use 3D printing to build things for teaching (Topographic scene, topographic globes, etc) and also for building custom drone parts, either for the research drones or my fun drones.

Below are some examples of the things I am 3d printing. I also have an Etsy page ( where I sell 3d printed globes and topographic scenes. I can do custom topographic work as well, please inquire if you are interested!