Closing Day at the Xponential Trade Show – #3

Closing Day at the Xponential Trade Show – #3

The DA team had a spectacular Closing Day at Xponential today.

[By the way: that’s the Bell Nexus eVTOL air taxi in the photo above. The Nexus air car design features Bernoulli ducted fan propulsion similar to the technology in DA’s Aertos™ UAVs. Cool, huh?]

Trade Show Thursdays are often low traffic: most attendees with Visitor Badges take advantage of the energy of Tuesday and Wednesday to walk the aisles & explore the booths, experience the Exhibitor demos, collect product information brochures and bags of swag, and shake hands on new friendships. Then, on Thursday, many manufacturers and exhibitors get their own chance to walk the aisles with fewer visitors around, & to stop by booths to ask serious questions and maybe even forge a deal or two.

Thursday traffc in the Xpnential trade show

Thursday traffic in the Xponential trade show aisles seemed kind of light — except at the DA booth which attracted lots of attention…

The Digital Aerolus booth was over-the-top busy with traffic today. Many of our competitors’ displays seemed to be a little quiet, but we saw a steady flow of interested people that wanted to make sure that the startling capabilities of Aertos™ drones to navigate in challenging indoor spaces that defeat our competitors fit into their plans.

DA Aeronautics Engineer Nash Reimer said: “Lots of cool stuff happened today. Just as an example, we had at least one offer for an immediate deal, and we found a supplier that will help us make sure our customers have the best possible experience when we deliver a packaged inspection drone system and they unpack or transport it. We want to do everything we can to make sure we treat our customers with exceptional care.”

We packed the display booth back into the vans in record time so we could get on the road back to Kansas ASAP. The flight team demonstrates the Aertos™ drones tomorrow for a major law enforcement entity – and we also have another promising flight demo with a power company.

Xponential 2019 in Chicago was fantastic. See you next time!

all about Aertos drones

Not many visitors to some of the Xponential Expo booths – – but lots of visitors crowded around the Digital Aerolus booth wanting to know more about Aertos™ drones.

 


Another Productive Day at the Xponential Trade Show – #2

Another Productive Day at the Xponential Trade Show – #2

Today’s Xponential drone Expo experience was  literally off the hook as well as over the proverbial top.

Trade shows often deliver landslides of information that are more than most minds can manage. We spent the day meeting with customers and friends, researching sensors and technologies, setting up new flight demos and proposals – – and trying to keep all our contacts and promises straight. Several new customers couldn’t have been more eager to see the Aertos™ drones in action in their use case in the field.

A common question was “How does your hardware do what we are watching it do?” While we prefer to protect the deepest levels of explanation about our proprietary methods and keep that layer to ourselves, it’s always challenging fun to sense what a potential customer wants, figure out what specific use case he wants to solve, and propose real Aertos-based UAV solutions that don’t require GPS or a complex suite of supporting sensors like optical flow or LiDAR.

 

It’s still raining in Chicago — we haven”t seen the sun all week. It’s kind of ironic that although we’re at a drone show there’s not a UAV in the air within miles – – because the weather’s poor. Stay tuned for more!

Digital Aerolus CEO Jeff Alholm and Master Pilot Jenna Squires explain the multi-dimensional algebra of DA’s Mind of Motion framework to a potential client at the UAVSA Xponential drone Expo in Chicago.

 


DA Team Set To Invade AUVSI – 4/30 thru 5/2

DA Team Set To Invade AUVSI – 4/30 thru 5/2

Look for the Digital Aerolus team at Booth 2803 at the world-renowned AUVSI Xponential 2019 – from Monday 4/29 thru Thursday 5/2 at McCormick Place in Chicago. We’ll be on hand to show the world the latest design features and newest iterations of flight code that have even further enhanced the stability and flyability of our Aertos™ industrial drones.

Since we introduced the Aertos drones and their industry-awakening capability to navigate stably in the absence of GPS satellite signals without deploying ultrasound, LIDAR, or optical flow, our customers across the industries we serve have taken notice. Aertos™ UAVs from Digital Aerolus are now serving organizations in industrial inspection, mining, public safety, and other important industries.

Rugged Aertos drones deploy protected blades, 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 challenging environments that defeat other drones that can only fly stably when GPS signals are present.

Drop by Booth 2803 and say Hello. See you there!!

 


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.

 


Navigating a Drone in a Limestone Mine

Navigating a Drone in a Limestone Mine

It turns out that flying a drone underground isn’t that easy.

You’ve seen drones before: flying at the park, hoovering in your back yard, surveying real estate, for sale at the Discount Club, maybe at your kid’s birthday party. But, every one of those drones – machines that that cost anywhere from $10 through a few thou$and – shares something: they can’t fly stably without GPS signals from earth satellites. Some inexpensive drones do fly indoors, but they’re too small, erratic, and clumsy to carry a meaningful payload. The popular $1K-range consumer drones from Chinese companies fly well enough support a nice camera, but only outdoors — and after they take a few minutes to lock onto satellites with their GPS receivers.

So, what if you want to fly a drone indoors? Like, in a warehouse? Or, at a trade show? Or, underneath a highway bridge that’s dense with girders and steel that interfere with line-of-sight satellite signals?

Or… underground in a cave or mine?

Digital Aerolus is committed to developing the next generation of flying robots: drones and other vehicles that are smart enough to complete useful tasks with minimal input from operators. Today, we use advanced robotics, rugged construction, and our proprietary Folded Geometry Code (FGC)™ OS to build drones capable of flying indoors, underground, and in other challenging spaces.

Here’s why the Aertos 120™ inspection drone excels in a challenging underground environment like a mine:

  • innovative ducted fan propulsion protects spinning blades from contacting cave walls or the operator’s hand
  • rugged carbon fiber frame allows the drone to survive rocky collisions with no damage
  • high-math FGC™ operatng system does not require GPS for stable, predictable indoor and underground flight
  • gimballed camera with powerful illuminator defeats dark environments
  • rapid near-instant deployment allows simple and easy launch & land

In the video below, novice pilot Jenna Squires runs the Aertos 120™ through some of its paces in a limestone mine in Lenexa, KS.

We’re headed back to that mine soon – for a more challenging exploration of the cave. Stand by for more from the DA team!

[& yes, Dave P. I know that drones “hover” instead of “hoover”. Turn your guitar down so you can hear, my friend.]


 

Move To New Expanded DA Facility Almost Complete

Move To New Expanded DA Facility Almost Complete

The Digital Aerolus team has almost completed its move from Shawnee to its new facility in Lenexa, Kansas!

Like most corporate moves, this transplant will require lots of time and effort – like maybe 2 months of planning and execution. We’re gaining an increase in office space, in development lab space, and in production line capacity. We’ll also have a considerably larger Fly Space area and a shared warehouse to explore – so be looking for a bunch of new drone demo videos.

Shortly after we started the move, some of the engineering team took a well-deserved break from developing OS software, testing propeller designs, and setting up new offices – and gathered in the new Showroom for some medium-warm pizza and a few Arnold Palmers. We toasted the new digs and the future of Digital Aerolus and intelligent drones. Righteous!

We’ll miss Shawnee, Kansas – – but it’s a good move up and forward. Three Cheers, & Onward!!