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Finding Buried Treasure

Finding Buried Treasure

Buried treasure is often the stuff of legend, but that didn’t stop PrecisionHawk from recently traveling more than 7,000 miles to hunt for buried treasure in the Philippines left by the Japanese during World War II. Working alongside the History Channel on a show called Lost Gold of World War II, a production company called Ample […]
Drones on Mars?

Drones on Mars?

“Small free-flying spacecraft might be the ideal robotic platform for the exploration of lava tubes on Earth, the Moon, and Mars for the simple reason that they would not need to come in direct contact with any of the rough and potentially unstable surfaces found inside caves and lava tubes,” says Andrew Horchler, Director of […]

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Indoor Inspections

Indoor Inspections

Plenty of companies are using outdoor drones to inspect pipelines, power infrastructure, and other hard-to-reach or dangerous locations. But when those locations are indoors or require access to confined spaces, the challenges become different and more difficult. Swiss startup Flyability, which makes aerial inspection indoor drones specifically designed for confined spaces, is leveraging its recent $11 million […]
A Da-Jiang Innovations Science and Technology Co. (DJI) Phantom drone is flown during a property inspection following Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, U.S. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

State Farm Flies Over People & BVLOS

State Farm has become the first company granted a national waiver by the Federal Aviation Administration to fly drones over people and beyond the pilot’s line of sight. The Bloomington-based insurer says increased use of drones will help it more efficiently deploy claims workers after a catastrophe strikes, when people may be blocked by water, […]

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Solar Drones Help Native Americans

Solar Drones Help Native Americans

A Native American community in northern New Mexico will soon get help from solar-powered drones to monitor its vast land holdings from above. Under a new partnership with Santa Fe-based Wildflower International, unmanned aerial systems made by Albuquerque-based Silent Falcon UAS Technologies will assist Pojoaque Pueblo in managing its roaming bison herd, mapping cultural sites […]
Shell Uses AI Inspection Drones

Shell Uses AI Inspection Drones

Royal Dutch Shell PLC is testing how artificial intelligence-enabled drones could help prevent costly maintenance problems on expensive equipment while improving worker safety, said Jay Crotts, the oil company’s executive vice president and global chief information officer. Beginning early next year, the company will deploy several drones in a proof-of-concept project at the Shell Technology Center […]

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BVLOS drones bring efficiency and speed to the task of collecting data over large areas, like those along railroad tracks.

Going Beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS)

Beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) is the most talked about concept in the commercial-drone world today—and for good reason. Many of the most lucrative opportunities for introducing drones into real-world commercial use are based on inspecting and gathering data over large swaths of land, such as railroads, utility lines, and farms that require autonomy. […]
Monitoring Marine Species

Monitoring Marine Species

New research from North Carolina State University demonstrates that consumer-grade drones are effective tools for monitoring marine species across multiple sites in the wild. The work shows that the technology can be a valuable platform for scientists and conservationists interested in studying populations of sharks, rays, sea turtles and other marine megafauna. “We found that […]

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Quantix Assesses Woolsey Wildfire Damage

Quantix Assesses Woolsey Wildfire Damage

Aerovironment  announced it is supporting the National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Program to assess the environmental impact of the Woolsey wildfire in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area of Southern California. Burning over 96,949 acres, the devastating Woolsey wildfire destroyed more than 616 park structures and consumed approximately 88% of National Park Service […]
Confined spaces are often dark, like the interior of this fermentation tank at Stoller Family Estate in Oregon’s wine country. To be able to navigate and conduct inspections in poorly lit environments, the Elios incorporates an array 
of bright LED lights as well as a thermal-
imaging camera.

Drone Review: Flyability Elios

Going where no drone has gone before Every aspect of the Elios has been designed to fulfill a single mission: confined-space operations. Elios can fly in environments and perform tasks that would wreck any other drone in seconds and that no responsible pilot would even attempt. There are a dozen different drones on the market […]
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