Wounded Eagle UAS Trains Disabled Veterans on Drone Mapping


With the help of student unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operators, Wounded Eagle UAS Inc. (WE) recently completed aerial mapping of the 388-acre West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center, run by the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS).

In cooperation with the VAGLAHS Emergency Management Office, WE created high-resolution imagery of the entire campus for historical purposes. Using a UAS and drone mapping software, WE captured thousands of images of WLA and stitched them together to make a three-zone orthomosaic map. WE also created 3D renderings of several local historical buildings, including the Wadsworth Chapel and Brentwood Theater. The resolution is .5 cm per pixel, which enables users to zoom in and view fine details of the buildings – e.g., individual rooftop tiles.

WE is a veteran-run nonprofit that trains disabled veterans to become commercial drone operators.

Joseph Dorando, a Part 107-certified remote pilot, was the team lead for the project. WE students assisted Dorando and learned how to make their own maps.

“A truly great opportunity was given to Wounded Eagle UAS by the VA,” says Dorando. “Our student teams are all disabled veterans, and to provide them the capability to learn how to make maps using UAS was a real experience for them and gave them the confidence to do more and go beyond.”

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