Aertos Drone Explores a Flooded Construction Storage Site

Aertos Drone Explores a Flooded Construction Storage Site

When recent Great Midwest Bomb Cyclone invaded in early March 2019, the DA team what most of the rest of you did: we hunkered down in the record snows and barometric lows, and designed some autonomous behavior algorithms for our next generation of drones. We emerged a few days later without much of a compelling weather story.

But, the Missouri River wasn’t so lucky.

Here’s the river’s weather story: after the blizzard stopped howling and the sun came out and began to melt the snow, water started to soak the land, and the resulting overflow then inundated lower Iowa and upper Missouri. The river flooded to historic levels, and vast areas of northern Missouri were under water: towns; bridges and highways; homes. Thousands of people had to abandon their cars or evacuate their homes and businesses.

The DA field team decided to pack up an Aertos 120 drone so we could take a look. We drove to St. Joseph, MO, to fly over a flooded construction site. Later, we flew missions near the flooded Casino and inspected causeways, bridges, and riverbanks from the air.

In this video near St. Joseph, MO, pilot Jenna Squires flies the Aertos drone on a high-risk mission over the Missouri River and through a construction storage trailer near Interstate 29.

Rugged Aertos drones deploy protected blades and a Bernoulli ducted fan design and our proprietary Folded Geometry flight Code – technology we believe will revolutionize how vehicles from drones to subs, cars, and planes navigate complicated environments. These and other Digital Aerolus innovations equip Aertos drones to complete flight missions indoors and in dangerous environments that defeat other drones that can only fly when GPS signals are present.

See more missions in the DA Video Gallery.

 


Looking Into Sauron’s Firey Eye

Looking Into Sauron’s Firey Eye

An Aertos™ drone flies a mission in a functioning power facility in Missouri, navigating the Darth Vader Catwalk before peering into the Eye of Sauron – the portal of a natural gas burner.

DA pilot Jenna Squires deploys an Aertos 120 to complete this 12/18 indoor mission without LIDAR, optical flow, ultrasound, or other sensors. Protected blades and Bernoulli ducted fan design enable the UAV to survive collisions and successfully navigate harsh environments.

Rugged Aertos drones navigate indoors, in the dark, and in GPS denied environments thanks to the Digital Aerolus Mind of Motion Framework (MMF™) and Folded Geometry (FGC™) flight Code.

We believe DA technology will revolutionize how vehicles from drones to submarines, cars, and planes navigate complicated environments. These innovations equip Aertos drones to complete flight missions indoors and in dangerous environments that defeat outdoor drones that depend on GPS signals.

Images:
* onboard cams = FPV Foxeer Predator Micro; Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 on custom gimbal
* hand cam = Samsung Galaxy 8

See more missions in the DA Video Gallery.

 


Drones for Visual Inspections :: A New Perspective

Drones for Visual Inspections :: A New Perspective

Digital Aerolus continues to deliver space age technology to the drone/UAS market. Our drones address the real-world challenges of public safety departments and police, fire, & emergency response officers, infrastructure inspections in energy facilities and mines, warehousing operations — for clients that need solutions in these and many other applications. We give clients the capability to fly missions indoors, underground, or near areas dense with GPS-interference.

Digital Aerolus UAVs deploy our cornerstone Folded Geometry flight Code (FGC™) technology, a flight control and operating system built on advanced flight mathematics used in space navigation and unique to the consumer and commercial drone/UAS industry.

 

FGC™ and other proprietary Digital Aerolus technologies offer sustainable and competitive advantages, and deliver previously unimagined performance characteristics to the dynamic and growing UAV market.

See more Aertos mission videos on the Gallery page.

 


Imaging a Power Plant Coal Bunker

Imaging a Power Plant Coal Bunker

You’ve probably done it.

You’ve probably had the chance to make a long 2-state day trip for the opportunity to demonstrate to a prospective client your problem-solving technology that accomplishes things your competitors cannot. You’ve made your plan, tested your hardware, assembled your team early in the morning, pounded across the Midwest prairie, met your client in his high-technology facility, told your story, pulled your unique leading-edge hardware out of its transportation case – – and then startled your client with an afternoon of successful drone imaging missions.

Or, maybe you haven’t.

Anyway, that’s pretty much what the DA field team did on Wednesday, January 6, 2019.

Well, it was a long and challenging day. There’s a zillion things that can go wrong in a long technical day. For example, the breakfast menu screen in your Big Chain highway-stop restaurant might get suddenly infected with some kind of Blue Screen Of Death that causes a delay in your waffle order.

But: despite a few minor obstacles, we were able to successfully accomplish our major objectives:

  • set up the Aertos drone to fly indoors in a complicated dusty space with narrow access opening, confined quarters, and no GPS
  • execute several sustained flight missions for our client
  • demonstrate in these real-world instances the unique capabilities of the Aertos drones, our FGC flight code technology, and the DA team.

So, take a look. Here’s some imagery we obtained flying in the interior of a decommissioned coal bunker:

This was not an easy flight. No one had been inside this structure in more than a decade, and concrete spalling and rusting beams presented some treacherous hazards. The risks were significant.

The Aertos drone flew like a champ and completed numerous missions, navigating predictably indoors and in a challenging environment without access to the GPS signals that the drones from our competition depend on.

We’ve worked on our technology for years – ever since realizing that what we learned while we grew our roots in space navigation could capably serve terrestrial drones. We intend to unlock the 50% of the world that up until now has not been accessible to commercial UAVs that can’t navigate stably without signals from earth-orbit satellites. We deploy Aertos UAVs with our proprietary Folded Geometry flight Code into mines, warehouses, and power plants, and around dense infrastructure that defeats other commercial inspection drones.

The team at the power plant was impressed — and they told us so. We hope Aertos drones will soon be flying lots of missions for this power company.

And, that’s a good day – even if the breakfast screen at Denny’s had a Blue Screen Of Death.

See more 1/9/19 mission videos on the Gallery page.

 


 

Aertos Drone Inspects A Power Plant in the Midwest

Aertos Drone Inspects A Power Plant in the Midwest

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.  (Note that the PiP FPV cam image is continuous to illustrate the duration of this sustained flight.) 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 further missions that will help the facility and the company.

Stand by for more. Perfect!

 


Sterling Experience at AUVSI Drone Show

Sterling Experience at AUVSI Drone Show

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!

 

Digital Aerolus To Attend 2018 AUVSI Show

Digital Aerolus To Attend 2018 AUVSI Show

The Digital Aerolus team to announce new products at Denver Trade Show

The Digital Aerolus team will attend the AUVSI Xponential “All things Unmanned” Show in Denver on May 1-3, 2018.

The team plans to announce 3 specialty products for the inspection drone market:

  • the Aertos 121
  • the Aertos 200
  • the Aertos 300

These products compliment the Aertos 120 to provide a complete family of products to meet a variety of needs.

Read more about the AUVSI show at the UAVSI website.

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.”

Pilots Want Sturdy, Stable Drones

Pilots Want Sturdy, Stable Drones

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.

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