Lake Walyungup - 3D map and endurance test

3D map of the north side of Lake Walyungup in the Rockingham area of Perth, WA

Mission Summary

  • Goal:  To test the SkyRay drone for battery endurance whilst mapping a nature reserve
  • Tech: Skyray fixed wing drone, Canon S100 camera, Tower app, Drone Deploy
  • Conditions: Sunny, light wind, midday
  • Outcome: Battery endurance was excellent, 200 acres was mapped no problems

Lake Walyungup, a 430ha salt lake about 8.6km south-east of Rockingham, is popular with many recreational users including land sailors, dog walkers and nature enthusiasts. A shallow saline lake that was once connected to the ocean, Lake Walyungup reaches 3.5 metres at its deepest point. The name Walyungup means 'place where Nyoongars talk'.

Lake Walyungup is an excellent drone testing ground, very large area of mostly flat ground, so I thought I'd see how well the SkyRay went mapping such a large area. It was a sunny day with light winds, 7km/h gusting to 10km/h at ground level, which is just ideal for the SkyRay. We ran through 60% of one battery to cover 97ha, which I was very happy with.

If you look closely at the eastern end you'll see a group of people revegetating the area.

You can see the results below;

If you can't see the 2D map, click here to open it in a new window;

If you can't see the 3D map, click here to open it in a new window;

This has been another 'drone adventure' in aerial surveying, inspection and mapping by The Aero Scout.
Location: Lake Walyungup, Western Australia, Australia