Autonomous Industrial Imaging and Mapping Drones Introduced

By Mike Ball / 19 Jan 2021
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Skyfish M4 drone

Skyfish has formally launched its new line of advanced autonomous work drone platforms, following an extended period of research and development during which the company launched successful pilot programs with industry-leading organizations. The company has also formed a partnership with Sony, leading to its drones supporting payloads such as the Sony Alpha series of A7 cameras.

The Skyfish M4 drone is specifically designed for photogrammetry and the creation of high-fidelity 3D reality models for engineering-grade inspection and measurement of critical infrastructure, such as cell towers, bridges, hydro electric dams, roadways, railways, power lines, wind turbines, oil rigs, gas refineries, and cooling towers.

The Skyfish M6 drone is designed to carry heavier payloads and to perform environment-aware robotic interactions. It can carry a payload of 12 lbs for over 30 minutes, and can also perform BVLOS (beyond visual line of sight) operations at distances of up to 5 miles away.

Both drones feature a long-endurance battery system and a unique ruggedized remote controller, and can support a variety of payloads, including electro-optical, thermal, methane detection, LiDAR, and custom systems.

Dr. Orest Pilskalns, CEO of Skyfish, commented: “We’ve designed a state-of-the-art drone system for inspecting and scanning cell towers, and with our partner, Bentley Systems, we produce the best 3D reality model results in the world today.”

“We’ve also developed an advanced autonomous drone technology stack. Skyfish manufactures our own onboard computer, remote controller, carbon composite airframes, battery charging system, RTK base station, flight planning and navigation software, 3D modeling, mapping, and data analytics software. We support industry standard sensors, cameras, RTK kits, and radios. And we have unique data processing, mapping, and 3D modeling capabilities. We are experts in the UAV industry and have the ingenuity and engineering talent to bring customers’ commercial drone requirements to life.”

Chris Moccia, CEO of Solusia, stated: “Having worked in the wireless infrastructure space for over 25 years and with many drone providers making 3D reality models, I can wholeheartedly say that Skyfish creates the best, most spectacular and precise reality model for cellular tower inspection and measurement in the industry. Skyfish has built a solution specifically for cell towers that is engineering grade and able be trusted for mount mapping and other engineering workflows that require highly precise aerial data.”

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Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact