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lion-dollar market because nothing is flying in that space yet and no
one knows about it."
The region has enormous potential for UAV applications in what
Top Flight calls "dull, dirty and dangerous" tasks, Polo adds, such as
point-to-point and ship-to-shore cargo transport, aerial inspections,
search-and-rescue and creation of emergency aerial communications networks. "They include redundant systems design, integrated
safety equipment, and allow onboard computing and data links in
flight," he says.
» The Airborg's hybrid power offers greater operational efficiency.
DataWing Global is Top Flight's service partner in aerial data acquisition and analysis. According to CEO Steven Fargo, Top Flight's
Airborg not only provides DataWing with better flexibility to handle
more challenging missions, but it also allows the company to provide added-value to its clients.
"With Top Flight's aircraft we now have more options for sensor
payloads, which will increase the industrial inspection offerings,"
Fargo explains. "Additionally, the Airborg will greatly improve our
operational efficiency because we do not have to rely on batteries; we
simply refill the gas tank and continue working for hours at a time."
'The Airborg generates
the same power as
a small helicopter
as communications thanks to the Inverse
"There's virtually nothing operating in
agile aerospace today," he says. "Today, people
report that it's a billion-dollar market for
battery drones; however we think it's a tril-
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Fargo notes that he believes clients in the oil and gas, utilities
and construction industries will "benefit greatly" from the Airborg.
"Large but dense areas of energy-based assets are perfect-use cases
today," he says. "There are quite a few visual-based inspections required by regulation and any time you collect large amounts of data
and present that in a manner that is useful to the client, then you
exponentially save the client time and money."
This data is also useful when shared across business units to
achieve a larger value-add effect, he notes, citing aboveground storage tanks as an example. "There are a number of American Piping
Inspections (API) required on varying intervals," Fargo says. "With
the Airborg 10K, an entire tank farm can be imaged in just a few
hours. The three dimensional and visual-based data is used to
accomplish many of the inspection requirements, thereby reducing
the need to visit the site on multiple occasions."
Those requirements could include volumetric information,
mapping data, measurement ability and HD-quality imagery, Fargo