An Intel-branded drone is here: Intel Corp. has announced the Intel Falcon 8+ unmanned aircraft system (UAS), what the company says is an advanced, ready-to-fly drone for professional UAS service providers in North America.
According to Intel, the new octocopter – suited for industrial inspections, surveying and mapping – is powered by Ascending Technologies’ AscTec Trinity technology, an autopilot with three redundant inertial measurement units that compensate for external disturbances such as electromagnetic fields or strong winds. In addition, the autopilot “provides detailed images down to millimeter accuracy and gives valuable structural analysis that helps users detect and prevent further damage to infrastructure,” Intel says in a blog.
Intel acquired Germany-based Ascending Technologies earlier this year. The companies have also teamed up to develop collision-avoidance technology and algorithms for UAS by incorporating Intel’s RealSense cameras with the AscTec Trinity autopilot system. Intel also became Ascending Technologies’ first external investor and a minority shareholder.
Intel says the Falcon 8+ is similar to its predecessor, Ascending Technologies’ AscTec Falcon 8, which is on the market in Europe. The new Falcon 8+ UAS comprises the AscTec Falcon 8 aircraft, the Intel Cockpit ground control station and Intel Powerpack smart batteries.
“Drones are an important computing platform for the future, and Intel is positioning itself at the forefront of this opportunity to provide the compute, sensor, communications and cloud integration for the growing drone ecosystem,” the company adds in the blog.
Intel notes that the Falcon 8 and Falcon 8+ have not yet been authorized as required by the Federal Communications Commission; thus, they may not yet be offered for sale or lease.
The full blog can be found here.