Cherokee Nation Technologies brings unmanned expertise to flood relief project

Pictured: An Altavian Unmanned Aircraft is launched from an easement site in New Jersey.(Photo: Cherokee Nation Businesses)

United States Department of Agriculture conducts coastal surveys in New Jersey

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Cherokee Nation Businesses

Cherokee Nation Technologies recently joined its partner Altavian Inc. in flying a complex Unmanned Aircraft System mission for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service of New Jersey.

As part of the Emergency Watershed Protection Program, Cherokee Nation Technologies helped conduct Unmanned Aircraft System surveys over two coastal easements damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The effort will help provide future flood relief in the Cumberland County, New Jersey, area. 

The locations surveyed span more than 400 acres. 

Data and images secured during a recent mission supporting the United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resource Conservation Service of New Jersey will be used to support flood relief in the area. (Photo: Cherokee Nation Technologies)

“This project was particularly complex because it required our team to fly at low tide with good sun angles, while of course operating within Federal Aviation Administration regulations for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems,” said John “JC” Coffey, Cherokee Nation Technologies’s executive director for unmanned systems. “During most missions, we’re able to wait for optimal weather conditions, but that wasn’t possible when factoring in the tidal requirement needed for this effort. The flight crew showed superb problem-solving and piloting skills in completing this mission safely.” 

The flights were conducted before the full greening of vegetation to enable Natural Resource Conservation Service personnel to develop rehabilitation plans. Despite the size and terrain of the sites, the flight team safely collected all four necessary datasets without any major difficulty. 

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in New Jersey provides private landowners and government agencies with assistance in conservation and management of soil, water, and other natural resources. 

Cherokee Nation Technologies provides a full spectrum of unmanned systems expertise, IT services, technology solutions, and geospatial information systems services, as well as management and support of programs, projects, professionals and technical staff.  

Since 2009, the company has been serving government clients with innovative and effective solutions that increase client effectiveness through the intelligent use of technology. Cherokee Nation Technologies is a subsidiary of Cherokee Nation Businesses and is headquartered in Tulsa, with a regional office in Ft. Collins, Colorado, and client locations nationwide.  

About Cherokee Nation Businesses

Cherokee Nation Businesses is the tribally owned holding company of the Cherokee Nation, the largest Indian Nation in the United States. The Cherokee Nation and its businesses employ 11,000 people. Cherokee Nation Businesses blends its heritage of ingenuity with modern business experience to solve complex challenges, serve clients nationwide and to remain one of the drivers of Cherokee Nation’s prosperity and stability. Cherokee Nation Businesses owns companies in the consulting, health sciences, hospitality, real estate, technology, distribution and logistics, engineering, manufacturing, construction, and environmental services industries. For more information, please visit or follow Cherokee Nation Businesses on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.