AeroVironment Inc., an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) developer for military and commercial applications, has launched a new integrated commercial information solution, featuring the Quantix drone and Decision Support System (DSS). The technologies allow users to gain actionable insights that can improve operational efficiencies, minimize risk and increase profitability. The solution will be commercially available in spring 2017.
Quantix is a drone featuring simple, automated flight with an operator-in-the-loop, and a hybrid design that allows the aircraft to launch vertically and transition into horizontal flight, maximizing aerodynamic efficiency and range.
“AeroVironment’s Commercial Information Solutions business integrates remote sensing and surveying with cloud-based data analytics to help customers in multiple industries increase the efficiency of their operations,” says Wahid Nawabi, AeroVironment chief executive and president. “Quantix and AV DSS provide our customers the first truly one-stop, full-service decision-support-system so they can make smarter, quicker decisions that will help increase their revenue and reduce uncertainty and risk.”
First, to plan a mission, the operator traces their finger over a map displayed on the tablet controller screen to identify an area of interest. Second, the system guides the operator through a simple, automated pre-flight check to ensure a safe, reliable mission. Third, the operator presses the “fly” button and Quantix does the rest, including performing a detailed built-in test procedure, optimizing its flight path for maximum coverage, launching, and then landing vertically when its mission is complete after scanning hundreds of acres with its color and multispectral sensors.
Quantix is designed to combine the advantages of vertical liftoff, for safe launch and soft landing, and horizontal flight to acquire data quickly and easily. It also includes “land now” and “return home” command safety features for complete control.
AeroVironment’s DSS uses advanced research and algorithms to produce high-resolution datasets and analysis of agriculture fields and vineyards, bridges, railroad tracks, pipelines, and roads. It has easy-to-use mobile interfaces with secure cloud-based data storage. Developed with proprietary algorithms, the AV DSS is the foundation for data processing, integrating data streams from multiple types of sensors and data collection tools, and capable of securely storing large amounts of image data for historical trend analysis.
About AeroVironment Inc.
AeroVironment provides customers with more actionable intelligence so they can proceed with certainty. Based in California, AeroVironment is a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), tactical missile systems and electric vehicle charging and test systems, and serves militaries, government agencies, businesses and consumers.