Hydrogen-Powered Drone Makes 43-Mile Medical Delivery

A collaboration between drone consulting group Guinn Partners, Skyfire Consulting, the US Department of Health and Doosan Mobility Innovation proved that a DS-30 aircraft with a temperature-controlled payload system was a feasible option for long-range drone delivery. A release from Guinn Partners reads, in part, “Members of our team at Guinn Partners worked with Doosan Mobility Innovations, in collaboration with Skyfire Consulting, and the US Department of Health, to execute a 43 mile open ocean medical drone delivery between St. Croix and St. Thomas. The flight took an hour and forty three minutes on Doosan’s hydrogen-fuel cell powered DS-30 aircraft (which still had nearly 30 minutes of hydrogen left in the tank upon landing). The drone carried simulation vials as a surrogate for diagnostic samples or vaccines in a temperature controlled payload system.” The post Hydrogen-Powered Drone Makes 43-Mile Medical Delivery appeared first on RotorDrone. A collaboration between drone consulting group Guinn Partners, Skyfire Consulting, the US Department of Health and Doosan Mobility Innovation proved that a DS-30 aircraft with a temperature-controlled payload system was a feasible option for long-range drone delivery. A release from Guinn Partners reads, in part, “Members of our team at Guinn Partners worked with Doosan The post Hydrogen-Powered Drone Makes 43-Mile Medical Delivery appeared first on RotorDrone. Read More

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FLIR’s new StormCaster Payloads

FLIR Systems now offers the FLIR StormCaster family of Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) payloads for its SkyRanger R70 and R80D SkyRaider airframes. The new line launches with two multi-sensor products –StormCaster-T, which delivers continuous zoom and longwave infrared (LWIR) imaging; and StormCaster-L, which provides ultra-low-light imaging, tracking, and mapping. StormCaster represents FLIR Systems’ next generation payload family for the company’s own UAS airframes gained through the acquisition of Aeryon Labs in February 2019. The new line reflects a leap forward in scalable performance, offering a 7X improvement in line-of-sight stabilization, enhanced range of motion, and greater geolocation accuracy – all in a rugged package. Interoperability across the StormCaster family enables users to quickly and easily change modules on the FLIR SkyRanger and SkyRaider UAS systems. The StormCaster line will leverage continuing improvements in aircraft performance, providing small units with the organic capability to conduct increasingly demanding missions such as intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR). “StormCaster-L and –T are just the beginning of this new line of advanced, high-performance payloads for our small, tactical UAS platforms,” said David Ray, president of the Government and Defense Business Unit at FLIR. “For mission needs ranging from force protection and border security to clandestine operations, FLIR StormCaster will provide heightened situational awareness, bolstered by our aircraft’s onboard, real-time artificial intelligence. “We will develop more multi-sensor payloads through 2020 that deliver on our promise to offer capabilities at the individual operator level that previously required larger, more expensive UAS,” Ray added. The StormCaster-T features a FLIR Boson thermal camera to support detection,

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FAA Announcements for LAANC

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced two important expansions of the Low Altitude Authorization and Capability (LAANC), which automates the application and approval process for drone pilots to obtain airspace authorizations in controlled airspace. The capability is now active at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Dulles International Airport, William P. Hobby Airport in Houston, and Newark Liberty International Airport. A full list of airports covered by LAANC is available on their website. Seven additional companies have been approved by the FAA to provide LAANC services. LAANC directly supports the safe integration of UAS into the nation’s airspace, expedites the time it takes for drone pilots to receive authorizations to fly under 400 feet in controlled airspace. LAANC also provides pilots with an awareness of where they can and cannot fly. The program is accessible to all pilots who operate under the FAA’s small drone rule (Part 107) and was expanded in July to provide near real-time airspace authorizations to recreational flyers. LAANC provides airspace authorizations only. Pilots must still check NOTAMs and weather conditions before they fly. The post FAA Announcements for LAANC appeared first on RotorDrone. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced two important expansions of the Low Altitude Authorization and Capability (LAANC), which automates the application and approval process for drone pilots to obtain airspace authorizations in controlled airspace. The capability is now active at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Dulles International Airport, William P. Hobby Airport in Houston, The post FAA Announcements for LAANC appeared first on RotorDrone. Read More

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Alphabet’s Wing is the first FAA-approved drone air carrier

There is little doubt that the future of drones includes uncrewed aircraft delivery services. From online ordering to life-saving medications, our skies will soon teem with drones. Several of the world’s leading companies have been in a race against each other to be the first to provide a drone delivery service. Over the last few years, giants such as Google, Amazon, UPS, and Uber have poured enormous resources into the dream that is drone delivery. The potential benefits of delivering goods through drones are enormous. Speed of delivery, accessibility, and environmental impact are just a few of the areas likely to see gains. According to an economic study released by the New York-based research firm AlphaBeta, drone delivery has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 99 percent when compared to cars and trucks. If you are keeping up with current events, you have likely heard that Wing, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. (now the parent company of Google) launched the first successful commercial drone delivery. On October 18, 2019, Wing delivered a FedEx package containing a birthday gift to a home in Christiansburg, Virginia. That flight was the first FAA-approved door-to-door drone delivery in United States history. To accomplish this feat, Wing partnered with Walgreens and Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Outside of the United States, Wing is also conducting testing and commercial operations abroad. Projects in Finland and Australia are proving the platform’s success across the globe. In addition to the drone, the company has created software to help

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Terra Drone Inspects Flare Stacks

Terra Drone Indonesia, a group company of Japan-based Terra Drone Corporation, has conducted drone-based visual inspections of onshore flare stacks for energy major Chevron (PT Chevron Pacific Indonesia). The drone-based flare stack inspection was done in Duri field, one of the largest production fields in Rokan PSC, Sumatra. Using a multirotor drone equipped with high-resolution RGB and thermal cameras, Terra Drone Indonesia inspected several flare stacks in a manner which was more effective, faster, and safer than conventional visual inspection methods. Traditionally, Chevron has been performing visual inspections using binoculars while the flare stacks were still in operation. This method did not allow the oil and gas company to check the assets from close proximity to get a detailed picture of the condition of the flare stacks. Terra Drone’s inspection drone, meanwhile, is capable of capturing photos with excellent quality and clarity to enable inspectors to accurately assess the condition of the flare stacks. Further, the radiometric thermal camera mounted on the drone studies the performance and function, and identifies temperature anomalies on the flare stacks. With the data captured through drone-based flare stack inspection, a comprehensive non-contact inspection report can be generated and appropriate recommendations can be provided to the operator. The use of drone technology in the oil and gas industry is not new, and its applications have been widely introduced across the world by Terra Drone. The drone service provider is experienced in implementing UAV technology in many ways such as vertical structure inspection, storage tank inspections,

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