An unmanned aerial vehicle from American technology giant Intel has played a vital role in preserving history by surveying a 15th century heritage site.
The lightweight Falcon 8+ from Intel was deployed to examine Halberstadt Cathedral in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, which was originally built in the 15th century.
For the project, which is a collaboration with experts from Bauhaus University Weimar and Kulturstiftung Sachsen-Anhalt, Intel is powering inspections and damage assessment of the cathedral with advanced commercial drone technology.
Through a series of indoor and outdoor missions on both automated and manual flight paths, the Intel Falcon 8+ drone helped capture data that will inform next steps for restoration planning.
The Intel Falcon 8+ drone is providing the conservation team with a new cost-effective way to carry out a visual inspection of fragile, hard-to-reach structures without disturbing their surroundings. This approach has been found to be invaluable in this instance because of the delicate condition of the church and its artwork.
“Advanced technology, like the Intel Falcon 8+ drone, provides enormous potential for structural monitoring,” said Norman Hallermann of Bauhaus University Weimar.
“Working with Intel drone technology has allowed us to reach previously inaccessible spaces, like the cathedral’s bell towers. While we are just in the beginning stages of this three-year project, the costs saved by carrying out these inspections via a drone are already being put towards further conservation efforts.”