Wide range of drone applications on display during live flight demonstrations

Kicking off Commercial UAV Expo 2022, eight companies displayed their drones Tuesday morning in the hot Las Vegas sun for the annual outdoor flight demonstration, sponsored by Sundance Media Group.

Attendees had the chance to see a variety of drones, payloads and software solutions throughout the morning from these exciting companies. Lidar powerline scans, automated flight plans and 3D scans of a simulated accident scene are just a few of the features on display at the Henderson Equestrian Park.

“There’s really nothing quite like seeing these systems in action,” said Lee Corkhill, director of group events for Diversified Communications’ technology group. “Giving Expo attendees the chance to see the drones and actually interact with their colleagues is invaluable.”

Here is an overview of the demos:

Precision at the border: Frontier Precision was the first company to showcase its hardware at this event, combining its Alta X drone with Travel from YellowScan scanner, used for lidar surveys and other scanning projects. The Alta X was originally designed for cinematic purposes, which means in-flight vibration is kept to a minimum. This is especially important for lidar use cases, as are the long 50-minute flight times for the product.

Commaris: For the Commaris demonstration, the company showcased its Seeker drone, which can be used by public safety officials. The Seeker is equipped with a payload that functions as a satellite signal capable of locating cell phone numbers in the area, making it ideal for a search and rescue mission or police investigation. With the Seeker, officials can scan an entire area – say an isolated mountain where you might not expect to find many cell signals – or for a specific number and locate their person of interest with their UAV.

sky front: Most drones are powered by batteries, which can sometimes cause logistical problems and reduce the productivity of certain projects. Additionally, batteries are more difficult to transport because they cannot travel on an airliner, and lidar payloads also have much shorter flight times. During the demo, Skyfront representatives explained how they solve these problems by avoiding the need for battery power, instead relying on gasoline, which is converted into electrical energy. The result is longer flight times and fewer logistical headaches, and ultimately more time spent on actual surveying projects.

Robotic Altar: The company put its Dragonfish drone through its paces during the live demonstration. Featuring a tilt-rotor design, the Dragonfish has AI tracking capabilities and a wide variety of modular payload options.

Volatus Aerospace: For the demonstration, Volatus Aerospace demonstrated its remote piloting software by having a company official operate two small drones located at the Henderson Equestrian Park from the comfort of his home in Canada. Using the company’s system, the remote pilot was able to control the vehicles during takeoff, mission and landing. The demonstration showed how the Volatus system could help operations involving multiple drones and enable efficient monitoring and data management.

Wingtra: The Swiss company demonstrated the capabilities of its Wingtra One drone at the event. With its unique design, the drone takes off like a rocket, but flies like an airplane in cruise mode. Company officials highlighted the vehicles ease of use and its value in mapping operations.

Skydio: After a traffic accident, officials at the scene often want a 3D scan – or a digital twin – of the area before clearing the road and getting traffic back to normal. Often this can take hours, leading to long periods of congestion and logistical headaches. On Tuesday, Skydio demonstrated a way around these issues, analyzing a fake crash for those present. This analysis took less than 10 minutes. Skydio representatives explained that even a larger crash that would typically take over four hours could be done in less than 45 minutes using Skydio’s autonomous scanning flights and data processing software.

Ascension Aerosystems: Perhaps the most unique drones on display Tuesday were Ascent’s two vehicles. Their NX30 was small and quiet, with the ability to take off and land in the hand rather than on the ground. Company officials said the vehicle is ideal for public safety and inspection applications. Ascent also introduced Spirit, a 13-pound drone that comes in a modular fashion with multiple sections that can be customized with different payloads, whether it’s a camera or a lidar scanner, to meet needs. of the user.

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