COBRA Lab/Civilian Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick
Area(s) of Expertise

Unmanned aircraft can provide critical information that piloted aircraft currently provide, related to forest fire management, surveillance, insect detection, vegetation control, and other services. The unmanned aircraft in the lab can be used to automate the tasks for natural resource management. The technologies will save time, money, and most importantly lives, because human operators will not have to stay in harm's way if we use autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and robots for dangerous tasks. 

What the facility does

Civilian Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for remote sensing, surveillance, and aerial imagery.

Research Services

Remote sensing, autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), UAV control, data collection, image processing, natural resource management, aerial imagery

Sectors of Application
  • Aerospace and satellites
  • Defense and security industries
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Forestry and forest-based industries

Name of specialized lab

Name of equipment

Description of function

COBRA lab

Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

The equipment includes a fixed-wing UAV, autopilot, onboard computer, and ground control station with payload sensors such as cameras and navigation sensors. The civilian UAV and payload sensors can be used for automated missions for various applications. The fixed-wing UAV with onboard sensors can be used to collect aerial images. The software can be used to automatically process the data. Collected forestry data are transmitted and processed on the ground control station. The ground crew can conduct missions using the ground control station.

  • Forest Protection Limited
  • Moncton Flight College
  • New Brunswick Aerospace and Defence Association
  • Defence Research and Development CORA
  • ING Robotic Aviation