Research Applications



The Nova F7200 is uniquely suited to environmental work as a drone capable of flying extended missions in rugged terrain. A proven track record of stable flight in unstable conditions make it a reliable choice.


Designed to be fully waterproof, the Nova F7200 AE can be hand-launched from a boat and land in water. More territory can be flown where there’s only water to land on, due to dense vegetation or distance to shore.


The Nova F7200 and the Galaxy R8700 bring different skills to agricultural research. The Nova provides large-scale coverage for projects while the Galaxy provides sub-centimeter accuracy and resolution.



Environmental science, conservation, and natural resource management require data collection in remote, densely vegetated areas. These areas of interest are often only reachable by water and too rugged to find an appropriate launch and landing site on land. The Nova F7200 AE’s waterproof design enables researchers to gather high quality, aerial data in areas unreachable by smaller, land-bound drones. Maritime operations are a strength and specialty of the Nova, with a long and proven track record on the water.



The Nova and the Galaxy feature modular technology allowing them to share payloads. Integrated design allows both systems to utilize the same Fusion payloads. This enables researchers to use the same payload with the same data-gathering capabilities to different applications. Use the Nova for large-scale and maritime operations or use the Galaxy for precision flying and close-in imaging. You can even integrate your own sensor into a fully customizable Fusion payload box and use your sensor for multiple mission applications. Modular technology gives you the ability to gather the data you need, in the manner you need, for the application you need.

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Customizable Payloads

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Integrate your own custom sensor into an Altavian Fusion payload box to refine your data collection. With full schematics and dimensions, you can engineer a sensor for your needs into a Nova or Galaxy platform.

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Collect Your Data

Fly the Nova or Galaxy over your area of interest to gather high quality environmental data.

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Process and Analyze

Take the RAW data and analyze it in your program of choice. Analyze the results to draw conclusions from.

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Take Action

Present your conclusions and plan your next step in research or in conservation.

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Complete Solution

Altavian has been in the business of measurement and survey since our founding. We built our drones for topography, planimetrics, and volumetrics to maximize precision data collection. Whether you need efficient large-area mapping with the Nova F7200 or ultra-high-resolution surveying with the Galaxy R8700, our drones will collect the data you need. The modular Fusion payload series offers an adaptable suite of data collection options across the visible and infrared spectrums for aerial maps. Meanwhile, the Flare software provides advanced planning and flight controls for both platforms with a user-friendly interface, showing real-time coverage quality and data collection assurance.

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Learn how using Novas, researchers at Mississippi State University mapped more than 25 square miles of the Pearl River. The goal of the mission was to monitor land and water boundaries, identify plant and animal species present, vegetation type and density, discriminate intertidal water, and detect temporal changes in waterways. The only way to cover such a large area in such a remote location was by using the waterproof Nova and planning missions to cover large swathes of land with its 90-minute flight time. 25 square miles were mapped in 19 flights covering up to 1400 acres per flight in just three days’ time.

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In partnership with Sinclair Community College, NASA Glenn researchers based in Cleveland, Ohio used the Nova to better understand algae blooms in Lake Erie. The researchers’ goal was to be able to identify a harmful algae bloom in a fresh water environment like Lake Erie. To that end, they developed and built a custom, multi-spectral payload specially designed for algae blooms. This payload was built into and integrated in a Fusion payload bay, allowing the Nova to gather the raw data over Lake Erie for the researchers. Using Novas from nearby Sinclair Community College and an experienced Altavian Operator, they were able to put their custom sensor over Lake Erie to gather data for research on algae blooms.

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It’s not a stretch to say the Nova was born in the Swamp. Unwilling to continue dangerous manned-flights over the Florida Everglades, the Army Corps of Engineers and the University of Florida worked in partnership with the first generation of Novas to detect invasive species in the Everglades. Burmese Pythons, released by private owners, were flourishing in the Everglades and decimating many other species with the lack of a natural predator to curb the burgeoning population. The Nova, then in its early stages of development, was used to detect the large snakes which were inherently cooler than their surroundings during the day, and hotter than their surroundings at night. By tracking and locating the movements of these snakes, environmentalists were better able to understand the invasive species’ impact on the ecosystem.

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Easy To Handle

Both the Nova and the Galaxy can be disassembled into compact pieces that pack away neatly. Each piece of the drone snaps-and-locks intuitively, allowing for quick, painless assembly process.

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