Drones at Work

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma tests drones in power line inspections

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The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (CNO) has completed transmission power line inspections using drones in collaboration with AiRXOS and the Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO). The inspections were carried out on the Pittsburg-Valliant 345-kilovolt transmission at a CNO-owned property in the southeast of the state as part of the FAA’s UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP). These recent inspections have focused on safe, automated flights that make use of visual observers and data capture where future planned tests will incorporate Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS), without any visual observer in operation. Executive director of advance technology initiatives of Choctaw
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UAVOS successfully tests modified high-altitude drone

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UAVOS has announced the completion of a successful test flight of its modified ApusDuo solar-powered high-altitude platform system (HAPS). ApusDuo’s design has been modified to increase reliability and decrease overall weight. Improvements include an increased wingspan and better control algorithms that reduce power consumption. The modified prototype comes with a wingspan of 28 meters and a payload capacity of 8kg and is designed to act as a telecommunications platform, delivering global connectivity. UAVOS CEO, Aliaksei Stratsilatau, said: “UAVOS demonstrated a flight of ApusDuo aircraft with a wingspan of 9000m in August 2018. “Following lower-altitude test flights and other preoperational activities,
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Intel’s drone tech illuminates night skies

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Intel’s Shooting Star Drones have been bringing magic to the skies over Universal Studios Hollywood in a new night-time experience. The Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle projection show culminates in a spectacular light show as drones, powered by Intel’s technology, form a stag in the sky. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUAMGOJpscY The show launched earlier this year and includes a range of effects including projection mapping before the seamless integration of Intel’s drones, which synchronise to form complex shapes in the sky. The Harry Potter-themed show marks one of the more magical forays Intel has made into the world of drone technology. The Shooting
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UAVs to assist in post-hurricane relief

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The Government of Bahamas will make use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to support its post-hurricane relief efforts. Swift Engineering’s Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) team will use its UAVs to gather intelligence on the damage caused by the hurricane, conducting 98 day and night missions. The fleet will be used to gather 3D terrain models, damage assessments and fire containment analysis to help more effectively provide relief. Rick Heise, CEO of Swift Engineering, said: “Our team of UAV pilots and services specialists were ready on a moment's notice to support the relief efforts in the Bahamas. "We were able to assess the
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Drones light up the sky at Air Force Academy

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Intel put on a spectacular drone light show in collaboration with the US Air Force Academy in Colorado on Friday 1st November. The hardware giant made use of its Shooting Star drone technology to ensure that, under the cover of darkness, the only thing viewers could see was the spectacular light formations of over 500 drones on display. Shooting Star allows drones to be synchronised to perform complex aerial choreography presenting images of everything from aliens to UFOs before culminating in a tribute to the Air Force Academy. Air Force cadets were involved in the setup and testing of the
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US Navy uses commercial drone to resupply submarine

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The US Navy has successfully resupplied one of its submarines using a commercial drone. A small, four-rotor UAV was used to resupply the USS Hawaii, according to a report by Forbes. The resupply mission took place just a mile off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii and saw the drone deliver a payload of circuit cards, medical supplies and food. Future missions could see the drones equipped to deliver a range of payloads from medical supplies to replacement parts. Using UAVs over larger, manned helicopters presents a range of benefits including cost-saving, pilot safety and freeing up helicopters for larger missions.
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