By using drones for the real-life tests, the CHOPIN projects are capable of performing a more cost-effective experiment, as compared to using manned aircrafts:
· No need to certify the installation of test samples on the aircraft. Samples can be installed and changed by the scientists who will process them.
· Manned aircraft are generally restricted to flight altitudes (higher than 120m above ground) where there are no insects, whereas drones can fly at low altitudes and “harvest” insects where the concentration is high.
· Drones can be operated in the middle of insect hot-spots, ensuring short turn-around time between different test samples.
The drone flights are the final experiment in the CHOPIN project, where we validate the findings from the laboratory tests and wind tunnel experiments in a real-life scenario.