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.]