Madrid-based Alpha Unmanned Systems (AUS) has announced a new technology partnership with Planck Aerosystems of San Diego.
Planck Aerosystems is a drone technology company focused on use cases involving moving vehicles, such as workboats and trucks. Planck, which serves government agencies and industrial maritime operators, has selected the Alpha 800 from AUS as its preferred unmanned helicopter. The gasoline-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is particularly resistant to wind and rain and has a flight duration of 2.5 hours, says AUS.
“The Alpha 800 helicopter platform fits well with our technology. Its range and flight autonomy can map ocean spills, help with emergency rescues and be applied to many other uses,” states Josh Wells, CEO of Planck.
When the Alpha 800 helicopter gets close to a ship, thanks to updated GPS coordinates sent by Planck software, its camera detects the landing pad and automatically guides the autopilot to land the aircraft. The Planck technology also provides real-time situational awareness and object detection and tracking.
Eric Freeman, CEO of AUS, adds, “Planck’s technology enables our Alpha 800 helicopter UAV to land autonomously on moving vessels – making it easier to fly and land than ever before.”