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By Jacob Davisson, Head of Engineering

In last week’s blog post, we discussed some of the incredible new features that we have added to the Aertos™ 130IR. Chief among these new features is the expanded sensor array that allows the Aertos™ 130IR to assist you in flying under the most demanding conditions and in the most challenging environments. Over the course of the last few weeks, we have discussed many of the new tangible components comprising the Aertos™ 130IR, and in this week’s blog post I’d like to talk about an intangible — but important and inseparable — component of the platform: the Folded Geometry Framework™.

The Folded Geometry Framework™ is one of our prized, proprietary pieces of technology and has been under development since Digital Aerolus, Inc. was founded. It is one of our greatest first-principles design successes, and one that we are immensely proud of. This framework continues to provide the Aertos™ family of drones the unique characteristic of being able to fly where no others can. Our work on the Folded Geometry Framework™ continues as we further extend its capabilities to fly with you where the work is.

When this incredible piece of technology was conceived, we knew that we needed to do two things to ensure its success. First, we’d design it from the ground up, using our first-principles design approach. And with that, we’d employ a correct and consistent mathematical approach. We began by constructing a custom vector space, inside which the drone sees the world and itself in it. This approach yielded a flight code that is proprietary, extensible, and can operate with a minimal set of sensors — we’ve gone above and beyond anything you might see in other, open-source quadcopter flight control code bases.

Our Folded Geometry Framework™ ensures that all data sensed about the environment is maintained in a common frame of reference. Each data set received from on-board sensors is mapped into our custom vector space, and rotated into a frame of reference required by the drone to maintain its attitude and orientation. This custom vector space comes equipped with the appropriate mathematical operators to quickly change between reference frames, when the flight calls for it. Being able to do this, the Aertos™ 130IR can gather enough information about the world around it, and about itself, to handle flying in some pretty strange and demanding conditions and challenging environments.

We continue to develop and refine our principal technology, the Folded Geometry Framework™, with those challenging and GPS-denied environments in mind. This continuous development cycle has resulted in a framework that we are immensely proud to offer you and excited to continue improving.