The flight team had an eventful weekend in early December.
We arranged with a major energy plant in the Midwest to fly an Aertos 120 inspection drone inside their facility – to look for the small steam leak we’d heard about. This facility provides energy to major facilities and metropolitan infrastructure.
The risks were significant: the plant would not shut down during the flight, and the Digital Aerolus team and the facility must trust in the technology that allows Aertos drones to navigate indoors and in challenging environments where signals from GPS satellites are not available.
The power generating facility is sturdy and timeworn: deliberate, overbuilt, and dense with looming tangles of pipe, brick, and steel. The twisted maze of tubes and passageways and the anachronistic Steampunk surroundings gave us the feeling we were exploring the past.
We believe in our technology; Digital Aerolus is unlocking the 50% of the world that up until now has not been accessible to exploration by commercial UAVs that don’t know how to navigate stably without signals from earth-orbit satellites. We’re deploying Aertos UAVs with proprietary Folded Geometry flight Code to fly indoor and underground missions – – in mines, warehouses, and power plants, and around dense instructure that defeats other commercial inspection drones.
In the 3-camera video stream below, the Aertos 120 drone conducts several slow passes inside the facility’s large room to complete a sustained 6+-min. flight mission examining pipes, tanks, and infrastructure. The payload includes 2 onboard hi-res cams: a Foxeer Predator Micro FPV, and a gimbal-mounted Garmin VIRB Ultra 30.
This mission was a success. While we did not discover any steam leaks on this particular flight, we demonstrated the reliability of our technology and earned the respect and trust of the facility team. They’ve invited us to return and conduct deeper missions that will help the company. Stand by for more. Perfect!
Some Digital Aerolus team members attended the AUVSI Xponential 2018 show in Denver. Drones, unmanned aerial vehicles, and growing relationships and friendships were the order of the week.
Team members in front of the show booth
(L-R: Nash; Jim; Dennis; Rod)
At the AUVSI show, we saw an overwhelming response to our family of drones that fly in GPS-denied environments. We presented a new line of products tailored for the Public Safety and Warehousing market sectors – products that extend the design innovations of our flagship Aertos 120™ inspection drone.
For example, we announced an open-bladed design that incorporates the company’s FGC™ flight code software for stable flight in GPS-compromised areas. Open-blade designs may be a good choice for flying in areas where the risk of collision with obstacles is low, and this approach can allow for larger propellers and extended per-battery flight times.
Thanks to our customers and new friends for your continuing interest in Digital Aerolus. Exciting times are certainly ahead as the market and the array of applications for UAV technology grows. See you at the next trade show!
From the site: “AUVSI represents the views of the unmanned systems and robotics community to government officials, regulators, media and the public. On behalf of our membership we are committed to shaping global policy by advocating on behalf of the unmanned systems and robotics community, monitoring legislation and assessing the global impact of the industry to ensure that obstacles to advancing and fielding these technologies are removed. We represent the industry in congressional hearings, participate in coalitions and rulemaking committees, and collaborate with various trade associations and stakeholders to serve and achieve the interests of our industry.”
A rugged, sturdy drone design makes it easy to fly safely around equipment and other obstructions.
What happens when your drone contacts obstacles? Digiutal Aerolus drones are constructed of rugged carbon fiber to withstand harsh environments and to fly challenging missions both indoors and out – even in GPS-compromised areas.
In Spring 2018, Digital Aerolus is set to announce a revised product line of industrial UAVs in the Aertos™ series. The revised line includes these models:
AERTOS 120™ – DUCTED INSPECTION DRONE
Designed for industrial inspections, the Aertos 120™ utilizes efficient internally ducted fans for propulsion. The unique combination of Folded Geometry (FCG™) flight code and ducted fans in our flagship Aertos 120™ model delivers a stable and robust vehicle that can survive the harshest environments. (more…)
AERTOS 300™ – BLADED INSPECTION DRONE
Digital Aerolus introduces the advanced Aertos 300™, an industrial inspection drone with open blades. The Aertos 300™ is optimized to assist inspection operations in confined spaces and complete tasks that can prove costly and dangerous if executed by manned operation teams. The Aertos 300™ demonstrates the multiple innovations and a commitment to excellence that will change the way you and your organization consider drones. (more…)
AERTOS 121™ – FIRST RESPONDER DRONE
Digital Aerolus introduces the Aertos 121™, a ducted reconnaissance drone optimized for first responders and emergency response teams. The Aertos 121™ is based on our flagship Aertos 120™, and utilizes efficient internally ducted fans for propulsion. The rugged duct design and Folded Geometry (FCG™) flight code combines to deliver a stable, reliable, robust vehicle that survives the harsh environments encountered by police teams and first responders. (more…)
AERTOS 200™ – WAREHOUSE INVENTORY DRONE
Digital Aerolus introduces the advanced Aertos 200™ and Aertos 201™, industrial drones optimized for warehouse inventory operations. Deploying either an internally ducted fan design or open blades for propulsion, the Aertos 201™ and Aertos 201™ integrate Dronescan software and hardware for efficient inventory scanning. Folded Geometry (FCG™) flight code enables stable, predictable, flights in any warehouse environment. (more…)
The Aertos 120 close-inspects a road bridge in Kansas – managing complex air currents, structure collisions, and a tough GPC compromised environment, See how a sturdy drone handles collisions with objects and equipment in a challenging environment.