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Cherokee Nation Technologies Brings Unmanned Expertise to Flood Relief Project

Cherokee Nation Technologies flew a complex Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) mission over New Jersey to help the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) determine future flood relief measures. Cherokee Nation Technologies (CNT) brought its unmanned expertise with partner Altavian Inc. to complete the coastal surveys for the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service of New Jersey.

As part of the Emergency Watershed Protection Program, CNT helped conduct UAS surveys over two coastal easements damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The effort will help provide future flood relief in the Cumberland County, New Jersey, area.

The locations surveyed span more than 400 acres.

“This project was particularly complex because it required our team to fly at low tide with good sun angles, while of course operating within FAA regulations for small UAS,” said John “JC” Coffey, CNB’s executive director for unmanned systems. “During most missions we’re able to wait for optimal weather conditions, but that wasn’t possible when factoring in the tidal requirement needed for this effort. The flight crew showed superb problem-solving and piloting skills in completing this mission safely.”

The flights were conducted before the full greening of vegetation to enable NRCS personnel to develop rehabilitation plans. Despite the size and terrain of the sites, the flight team safely collected all four necessary datasets without any major difficulty.

Data and images secured during a recent mission supporting the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service of New Jersey will be used to support flood relief in the area. (CNT)

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in New Jersey provides private landowners and government agencies with assistance in conservation and management of soil, water and other natural resources. Since 2009, the company has been serving government clients with innovative and effective solutions that increase client effectiveness through the intelligent use of technology.

A subsidiary of Cherokee Nation Businesses, Cherokee Nation Technologies (CNT) provides a full-spectrum of unmanned systems expertise; IT services; technology solutions and geospatial information systems services; as well as management and support of programs, projects, professionals and technical staff. With employees in over 30 states and the financial backing of Cherokee Nation Businesses, CNT has the size, sophistication, scalability and character to meet any need.

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