Southampton students have been building drones in the fight against climate change and poaching...It was funded with a £15,000 donation from former student and technology entrepreneur Dr Ewan Kirk. The programme will fund three groups of fourth-year students within the engineering department at Southampton University. Their research will focus on ways to improve the efficiency and extend the battery life of drones.
The programme is being run by the University of Southampton, whose alumni include Turner-Kirk Charitable Trust Director Dr Ewan Kirk. “In the future, it is totally possible that remote and hostile environments worldwide will be constantly monitored by UAVs, feeding back live data to environmental agencies, so we can track our global ecosystem in real-time,” said tech entrepreneur Kirk. “The application of technology is vital to mitigating environmental changes and the conservation of endangered animals, and universities, which are hotbeds for ideas and innovation, have an important role to play in developing the technology needed.”