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Manifold Robotics will commercialize technology made by the Army that allows drones to detect power lines from a distance.

Manifold Robotics will commercialize technology made by the Army that allows drones to detect power lines from a distance.

Manifold Robotics, announced the signing of a license agreement with the Army Research Laboratory that will improve the safe use of autonomous drones near power lines. They have developed a new sensor that will allow drones to detect power lines from a distance, allowing drones to become power line inspection systems. This invention describes integrated electromagnetic field sensors that provide the necessary sensing measurements, as well as the software used to model the location of the power line.

The technology was developed by Army scientists to detect energized power lines in the vicinity of an aircraft. Under the terms of the agreement, Manifold Robotics will develop and commercialize this new technology for drone applications.

Notably, power line detection technology was first launched as an initial project funded by the National Security Innovation Network, to facilitate the transfer and transition of dual-use defense technology. The postdoctoral project, led by Jeffrey Laut (CEO at Manifold Robotics) and under the direction of Professor Maurizio Porfiri, was incubated in the Dynamic Systems Laboratory of New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering, where the plan was to validate the technology and create a viable go-to-market strategy. Power lines are a collision hazard for unmanned aircraft, causing severe accidents. “We are very pleased to have Manifold Robotics as a licensee. The commercialization of our power line detection methods could have a significant impact on the development of autonomous UAS that operate near power lines, ”said David Hull, team leader and principal inventor at the US Army Research Laboratory.

Accidents caused by drones colliding with power lines are very common and for the most part this ends up destroying the aircraft, but in other cases, these accidents cause the explosion of transformers causing blackouts in certain locations. Given the number of these accidents that is increasing, without a doubt the commercialization of this technology is not only an improvement, but a necessity in the technology market, especially now that drones are beginning to have so many uses in different industries.

This will overcome the factors that limit the effectiveness of drones in the vicinity of power lines and unleash their full potential for autonomous inspection of power lines, as well as beyond the line of sight.

“We’re delighted to be working with ARL and expect that the Army technology will help us rapidly facilitate many autonomous drone applications, particularly those for power utilities and commercial operations,” said Jeff Laut, CEO at Manifold Robotics.

With remote power line detection sensors, installed in all types of autonomous drones, a new field of opportunities opens up for this technology, allowing companies and individuals to add more drones to their work tools every day, which simplify work, always in a safe way.

 

Original article post by: Manifold Robotics
https://www.manifoldrobotics.com/post/manifold-robotics-licenses-army-research-lab-technology-for-use-of-drones-near-power-lines

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Mars 2020, NASA launched Ingenuity to space

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter was launched to Mars, successfully. It is a technology demonstrator of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which will evaluate whether it is feasible to fly on Mars safely, it will also provide a detailed mapping of the area that would provide future mission controllers with more information. It will also provide aerial images with approximately ten times the resolution of orbital images, showing features that may be hidden or excluded by mobile cameras.

Ingenuity was named for a college student called Vaneeza Rupani, who said: “The ingenuity and brilliance of people working hard to overcome the challenges of interplanetary travel are what allow us all to experience the wonders of space exploration, Ingenuity is what allows people to accomplish amazing things.”

In February 2021, NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover and NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter (shown in an artist's concept) will be the agency's two newest explorers on Mars. Both were named by students as part of an essay contest. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/  Full image and caption
In February 2021, NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover and NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter (shown in an artist’s concept) will be the agency’s two newest explorers on Mars. Both were named by students as part of an essay contest. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech / Full image and caption

What’s the mission of Ingenuity?

Ingenuity, is a robotic helicopter that is part of the Mars 2020 mission. It will serve as a technological demonstration to explore interesting objectives to study on Mars, and to plan the best route for the mission entrusted mainly to the Perseverance rover that will be placed on the planet, and future rovers on Mars.

Ingenuity is the first helicopter designed to fly in space, it underwent extensive flight dynamics and environmental tests, and in August 2019 was mounted on the underside of the Perseverance rover, where it constantly recharges batteries.

The helicopter uses counter-rotating coaxial rotors approximately 1.1m in diameter. Its payload consists of a high resolution camera with the objective pointing downwards to inspect the ground and thus detect where it is moving and be able to land safely later. Ingenuity mass is just under 1.8 kg.

When NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter attempts its first test flight on the Red Planet, the agency's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover will be close by, as seen in this artist's concept. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech Full image and caption
When NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter attempts its first test flight on the Red Planet, the agency’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover will be close by, as seen in this artist’s concept. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech / Full image and caption

 

Ingenuity was turned on in space for the first time last month, inside the Perseverance. “This was a big milestone, as it was our first opportunity to turn on Ingenuity and give its electronics a test drive, since we launched on July 30. Since everything went by the book, we’ll perform the same activity about every two weeks to maintain an acceptable state of charge”- Tim Canham, the operations lead for Mars Helicopter at NASA’s.

Perseverance is scheduled to land on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021. Then Ingenuity will descend to the Mars surface and take test flights. It will perform up to a maximum of five flights each of them will last approximately 3 minutes, reaching heights that range between 3 and 10 meters above the ground, being able to cover distances of approximately 300 meters per flight. It will be autonomous and will communicate with the Perseverance rover directly after each landing.

If it goes well, not only will it take a new perspective of Mars, it’s going to open new opportunities to explore the space.

 

An artist's concept of NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter flying through the Red Planet's skies. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech Full image and caption
An artist’s concept of NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter flying through the Red Planet’s skies. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech / Full image and caption

 

Original article published by SPACE.COM 

https://www.space.com/nasa-powers-up-ingenuity-mars-helicopter.html

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Drones and COVID-19: Technology against the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has arrived at a time where technology is the key in all aspects of life, with great advances in robotics, drones have become very useful for medical and control purposes, the current relationship of drones and COVID-19 is increasingly narrow, as drones offer a wide range of opportunities against the pandemic.

Drone applications vs COVID-19

Drones are being used in the pandemic under two main reasons, one is the control and monitoring of the population, the second is the medical application.

Countries such as Spain, Germany, Russia, among others, use drones to fly over tourist areas or  with high passage of people, to warn the population about the use of face masks and social distance. In turn, drones have become part of the police forces of almost all over the world, they are used to obtain aerial shots of people violating the rules to prevent the spread of the virus. This drone pourpose also reduces the level of exposure for police officers, while keeping the public informed and controlling the spread.

Drones are becoming very important in all sectors, as they are a way of fulfilling social distancing, saving many people who need to do their work.

One of the recently discovered applications of drones and COVID-19 is their use to deliver medical equipment, medicines, samples and other supplies, avoiding contact with infected people and protecting medical staff in a place, another benefit is that these drone deliveries are much faster.

 

Aplicaciones de Eureka Dynamics-Drone vs COVID-19
Aplicaciones de drones vs COVID-19

 

Another use of drones is topographic, the world has had to build field hospitals, and even entire hospitals to be able to attend all people that need it, however construction is a job that needs many people, to use drones to construction can save many of them.

The demand for drones in the world has increased, their applications have been an easy way out to prevent the spread of the virus, they have been used even in journalism, where it is better to send a drone to record than a person, but beyond professional applications is the need for people to communicate. Cases have been seen of people using their drone to bring gifts to family members or even to visit a loved one.

Without a doubt, in the current situation, drones and COVID-19 go hand by hand.

 

Original article published by DRONEII

https://www.droneii.com/drones-and-the-coronavirus-from-crisis-to-opportunity

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