27 Dec '15, 8am

FAA-Approved PRENAV Drone System Suited For Turbine Inspections

Silicon Valley start-up PRENAV and partner Hawk Aerial have been awarded Section 333 exemptions from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to commercially operate the PRENAV precision drone system for industrial inspections, including for wind turbines. Navigating along predefined, repeatable flight paths, PRENAV's drones take photographs from precise locations in close proximity to structures to build accurate, 3D reconstructions of industrial assets. The system consists of a drone, a guidance robot on the ground, and software to plan the mission and analyze the data. PRENAV says its drones are capable of autonomously navigating in complex, cluttered or GPS-denied environments. The two companies plan to use the system to perform close-proximity visual inspections of cell phone towers, wind turbines, bridges, oil tankers, industrial boilers and other large structures. ...

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