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Why choose us
Leading Drone Technology Provider
When it comes to drone services, Rugged Altitude stands out from the competition. Our team of FAA certified drone operators prioritizes safety, professionalism, and customer satisfaction above all else. With our cutting-edge Thermal and LiDAR drone technology, we are able to gather critical aerial data for a wide range of projects, from wildlife recovery to agriculture and from natural disasters to critical infrastructure inspections.When you choose Rugged Altitude, you can trust that your project will be handled with the utmost care and precision. Our experienced team has the expertise to tackle small and large projects alike, providing efficient and accurate results every time. With a focus on safety and customer satisfaction, you can rest assured that your project is in good hands when you choose Rugged Altitude for your drone services.

Drone Data Acquisition

One-time, monthly, quarterly and annual plans Our team of FAA certified drone operators utilize industry-leading UAVs with high-end cameras and sensors specific to project requirements. Be sure to contact us for pricing and more information


Data Processing

Project-specific, from simple to complex analysis Our back-end team of data analysts processes and analyzes data utilizing algorithms, and varying software depending on project deliverables, requirements, and complexities. Be sure to contact us for pricing and more information


Data Reporting

DATA REPORTING Custom reporting based on client requirements Our team prepares and delivers custom reports depending on client requirements. These reports can include edited images and videos, PDFs, CAD Files, DSM, DTM, Contours, Point Cloud, and others. Be sure to contact us for pricing and more information

Wildlife Recovery

Drones can locate and monitor injured or endangered wildlife using thermal imaging and high-resolution cameras, providing real-time data to recovery teams. Real-World Application: A conservation team used drones to locate an injured deer in a vast forest area. Success Story: In Wisconsin, drones helped a hunter locate a deer within hours, significantly reducing the hunter's stress of potential lost game and leading to a successful recovery.

Wildlife Management

Drones assist in tracking animal populations, monitoring migration patterns, and observing wildlife behavior without disturbing their natural habitat. Real-World Application: Park rangers used drones to monitor elk migration in Yellowstone National Park. Success Story: In Montana, drones tracked a herd of elk, providing critical data that helped improve wildlife management practices and habitat conservation efforts.

Land Management

Drones offer precise aerial mapping and monitoring of land, helping managers assess land conditions, plan usage, and monitor changes over time. Real-World Application: Land managers used drones to map and monitor erosion in a large park. Success Story: In California, drones mapped erosion patterns, enabling proactive measures that preserved valuable land and reduced maintenance costs by 20%.


Drones conduct forest health assessments, monitor deforestation, and assist in firefighting efforts by providing real-time aerial views. Real-World Application: Forestry services used drones to monitor deforestation in a national forest. Success Story: In Oregon, drones helped identify early signs of a forest pest infestation, allowing timely intervention that saved thousands of acres of trees.


Drones monitor crop health, assess irrigation needs, and optimize planting strategies through precise aerial imagery and data analysis. Real-World Application: Farmers used drones to monitor crop health and irrigation in large fields. Success Story: In Iowa, drones improved crop yields by 15% by identifying and addressing water stress areas more efficiently.


Drones conduct damage assessments after natural disasters, providing insurers with accurate and fast data for claims processing. Real-World Application: An insurance company used drones to assess hurricane damage in residential areas. Success Story: In Florida, drones expedited damage assessments post-hurricane, reducing claim processing time by 50% and improving customer satisfaction.

Building Site Monitoring

Drones monitor construction progress, inspect sites, and ensure safety compliance through regular aerial surveys. Real-World Application: Construction firms used drones to monitor the progress of large commercial building projects. Success Story: In Texas, drones provided daily progress reports on a high-rise construction site, improving project management and reducing delays by 25%.

Cell Tower Inspections

Drones inspect cell towers for maintenance needs, reducing the risk and cost associated with manual inspections. Real-World Application: Telecom companies used drones to inspect remote cell towers. Success Story: In New York, drones inspected cell towers, identifying issues that were promptly addressed, reducing service outages by 30%.

Power Pole Inspections

Drones inspect power poles and lines, identifying potential hazards and maintenance needs without disrupting service. Real-World Application: Utility companies used drones to inspect power lines after storms. Success Story: In Michigan, drones detected damaged power lines after a storm, enabling quick repairs and restoring power faster than traditional methods.

Network Planning

Drones provide detailed aerial surveys for planning fiber optic network routes, optimizing layout and installation processes. Real-World Application: Internet service providers used drones to plan new fiber optic routes in urban areas. Success Story: In Colorado, drones helped design an efficient fiber network, reducing planning time and costs by 40%.

Critical Infrastructure Inspections

Drones inspect bridges, dams, and other critical infrastructure, ensuring safety and identifying maintenance needs efficiently. Real-World Application: Engineers used drones to inspect a major highway bridge for structural integrity. Success Story: In Pennsylvania, drones identified critical wear on a bridge, leading to timely repairs and preventing potential structural failure.

Search and Rescue

Drones assist in search and rescue operations by providing aerial views and thermal imaging to locate missing persons. Real-World Application: Search and rescue teams used drones to find hikers lost in a mountainous area. Success Story: In Colorado, drones located two missing hikers in record time, ensuring their safe return.

ROW Vegetation Inspections

Drones inspect vegetation encroaching on utility right-of-ways, identifying areas needing maintenance to prevent outages. Real-World Application: Utility companies used drones to monitor vegetation near power lines. Success Story: In Georgia, drones reduced vegetation management costs by 25% by precisely targeting problem areas.

Data Collection and Mapping

Drones gather and map data for various applications, providing high-resolution images and 3D models for analysis. Real-World Application: Surveyors used drones to create detailed maps for urban planning projects. Success Story: In Illinois, drones produced accurate topographic maps, improving urban development planning and reducing project timeframes by 20%.

Roofing Inspection

Drones inspect roofs for damage and wear, providing detailed images without the need for manual inspections. Real-World Application: Roofing companies used drones to assess storm damage on residential roofs. Success Story: In Texas, drones expedited roofing inspections post-storm, leading to faster repairs and improved customer satisfaction.

Traffic Accident Investigation

Drones capture aerial views of accident scenes, aiding in the accurate reconstruction and analysis of traffic accidents. Real-World Application: Police used drones to document and investigate a multi-vehicle collision on a busy highway. Success Story: In California, drones improved the accuracy of traffic accident investigations, leading to quicker scene clearance and traffic flow restoration.

Virtual Tours

Drones create immersive virtual tours for real estate, tourism, and commercial properties, enhancing marketing efforts. Real-World Application: Real estate agents used drones to create virtual tours of high-end properties. Success Story: In Florida, virtual tours created with drones increased property showings by 35% and facilitated faster sales.

Real Estate

Drones provide stunning aerial photos and videos of properties, enhancing real estate marketing and attracting more buyers. Real-World Application: Realtors used drones to showcase large estates and commercial properties. Success Story: In California, drone footage of a luxury property led to a 20% increase in buyer interest and a quicker sale.

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Revolutionizing Energy Efficiency: How Thermal Drone Technology Empowers Energy Companies

  •  5/30/2024 09:34 AM

Explore how thermal drone technology is revolutionizing the energy industry. From detecting equipment malfunctions to inspecting solar panels and power lines, learn how drones enhance efficiency and safety for energy companies.

Think Twice Before Shooting Down a Drone: Legal, Safety, and Privacy Concerns to Consider

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This blog post discusses the dangers and consequences of shooting down a drone. It points out the potential harm to individuals and property, the legal implications of such actions, as well as privacy and property rights concerns. The post emphasizes the importance of addressing any drone-related issues through legal channels rather than resorting to violence. Ultimately, it reminds readers that shooting down a drone is not a responsible or lawful course of action.

Advancing Environmental Conservation: Harnessing the Power of Drone Technology

  •  3/17/2024 05:51 PM

Discover how drone technology is revolutionizing environmental conservation efforts worldwide in our latest blog post. From monitoring wildlife populations to combatting illegal activities and assessing habitat health, drones offer unique capabilities that are shaping the future of conservation management. Learn how these aerial tools are enhancing biodiversity preservation, engaging public awareness, and fostering a deeper connection to the natural world. Join us in exploring the power of drones as a catalyst for environmental stewardship and collective action.

Navigating Regulations: The Use of Thermal Drones in Wildlife Recovery Efforts

  •  3/11/2024 06:00 AM

As technology advances, thermal drones are being used to assist with wildlife recovery efforts. Rugged Altitude is a leading company in this field, using drones to retrieve injured or deceased wildlife. However, regulations must be followed, such as not using drones to retrieve crippled animals or live animals to avoid violations. By following state guidelines, companies like Rugged Altitude play a crucial role in conservation efforts and minimizing the impact on wildlife populations.

Avoiding Fines and Penalties: Why Commercial Drone Pilots Need a Part 107 License

  •  3/10/2024 11:12 AM

This blog post discusses the importance of obtaining a Part 107 license from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for aspiring commercial drone pilots. It highlights the complexities of the FAA airspace system and explains the regulations and restrictions commercial drone pilots must adhere to. The post emphasizes the necessity of proper training and certification in order to navigate the national airspace safely and legally. Overall, obtaining a Part 107 license is crucial for anyone looking to fly a drone for commercial purposes.