The deadline for the Federal Aviation Administration’s UAS Integration Pilot Program is fast approaching and companies are making it a point to show their support. The UAS Integration Pilot Program opens up the floor for state, local, and tribal governments to partner with private sector entities in order to accelerate safe UAS integration.
Intel applauded the program early this month and published a blog post officially showing its support. Intel is committed to supporting the drone ecosystem and showcasing how drones can be used in productive and exciting ways, making amazing experiences possible, now and in the future. Intel brings a wide range of technology innovations from the data centers in the cloud to 5G communication platforms, computing on the edge, autonomous vehicles and artificial intelligence.
According to the post, the company is “excited to join others as the FAA UAS Integration Pilot Program is implemented in states and cities throughout the United States. As UAS technology applications take off, this program and the innovation of the parties involved have the potential to pave the way for American leadership”.
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Intel has already seen drones addressing a range of real-world problems by providing safe access to hard-to-reach locations. Some examples include our work in disaster recovery, asset inspection and even tracking polar bear populations in the Arctic. Intel is pushing the boundaries of drone technology with systems that could be valuable in a broader range of testing scenarios:
- Our ready-to-fly Intel® Aero drone software development platform is a fully assembled and fully functional quadcopter powered by the Intel® Aero Compute Board and equipped with Intel® RealSense™ depth sensing and vision capabilities. It is geared for developers, researchers and educators who desire a fast path to get applications airborne.
- Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) trials conducted alongside the FAA and NASA are helping to develop and test guidelines for collaborative communications and navigation (C&N) among unmanned aerial systems.
- Our Intel® Falcon™ 8+ System enables large and complex facilities to be inspected while in operation, helping capture accurate and precise data to better inform business decisions on asset maintenance. A recent inspection of a Scottish gas terminal resulted in more than 1,100 images and 12GB of valuable data, all with minimal interruption to normal operations.
- The Intel® Sirius Pro System is our fixed-wing UAV designed for endurance and coverage of large areas for applications such as city mapping, survey of large construction areas, agriculture and inspection.
- The Intel® Shooting Star™ drone fleet set the Guinness World Record in 2016 for the Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) airborne simultaneously. Only a single laptop and one pilot are needed to manage a flight by hundreds of beautifully choreographed drones in various light shows to date.
For more information please visit the Intel Website.