by Leo Johns, Product Manager

Skilled pilots flying today’s outdoor drones collect breathtaking photos and video, as well as mountains of sensor data. This drone-pilot combination takes advantage of the fastest, most-complex processor we know: the human brain.

Today’s drones, though, have limits: they only fly outdoors, they depend on GNSS and GPS location devices for basic stability, and they don’t carry enough onboard horsepower to process the mountains of data generated by today’s payloads that range from optical cameras and depth sensors to infrared, LIDAR, and ultrasound.

Aertos Jetson nano supercomputer controller from Digital AerolusIf a UAV depends on data from a complicated sensor array for basic stable flight, an unpredictability may threaten the drone’s very ability to stay in the air. GPS, optical flow, or other sensor data may become lost, or intermittent, or even jammed. The most skillful pilot may not be able to help – or help fast enough.

To navigate a complex space effectively, an aircraft shouldn’t have to wait for a ground server to receive, process, and analyze mountains of data and communicate back to the drone. The drone must identify obstacles, calculate risks, and project effective flight paths almost instantly, and quickly make the micro-decisions necessary to stay aloft and complete the mission. It’s simply increasingly critical for the UAV to think for itself.

And, processing loads of data directly onboard the aircraft increases speed and efficiency and saves transmission time. This is especially critical in tough environments without access to networks, location services, or GPS like indoors, underground, in tunnels, and near bridges and infrastructure.

That’s why every Aertos drone runs our proprietary Folded Geometry framework. FGF® flight code uses advanced mathematics to enable the aircraft to remain ultra-stable without GPS or external sensors. When the drone doesn’t have to worry about processing sensor data for basic stable flight, plenty of resources remain available to fuse and analyze data from the onboard sensors that enable the behaviors and decisions that a truly autonomous UAV requires.

The Aertos 130IR industrial inspection drone delivers on every promise. We built the Aertos 130IR with the processing horsepower to conquer the most demanding missions. The aircraft and controller feature dual ultra-high performance Jetson Nano processors – powerful lightweight supercomputers that can perform AI functions directly on the device and on the fly. Both the aircraft and its controller are designed for today’s missions, with unprecedented overhead to grow into the autonomous behavior-based missions of tomorrow.

Processing power matters, and should matter to you. The all-new Aertos 130IR inspection drone – designed and built in the USA.

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