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experience and expertise to apply that to next-generation drone
technology, creating new business tools for data sensing and transport unlike anything available today," he adds.
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notes. "It is this technology that will enable
the API inspector to do more with their time
and save money," he says.
Additionally, large-scale construction
projects can benefit from the Airborg's
extended endurance, he adds. "When DataWing collects data for construction sites
that are greater than 200 acres, we have to
land the aircraft quite a bit and segment
the work due to the battery limitations on
flight time," Fargo explains. "With threeplus hours of flight time, these projects turn
around very quickly."
Due to their short range battery-powered
drones have to be operated "within lineof-sight. As the UAV services marketplace
grows, Fargo believes the Airborg will be a
"big player" when it comes to flying beyondline-of-sight (BLOS).
"Although the Federal Aviation Administration does not currently allow BLOS flying
without a waiver, it will not be long before
we see Airborg's flying above the millions of
miles of pipeline and utility right-of-ways
(ROWs) all across the country.
"The impact includes better data collection that leads to more informed operational
decisions," Fargo continues. "It ultimately
increases the safety factor on our nation's
very large and important utilities and energy infrastructure."
DataWing works with many UAV products
and manufacturers, but Fargo considers
Phan's team the best. "Top Flight Technologies is a very smart and customer-centric
group that fosters trust with everyone they
work with," he says. "We are extremely happy
to be a partner."
Polo notes that he considers many of the
current members and advisors of Top Flight
to be "early pioneers" in drone technology.
"We were working on developing drone
technologies when virtually no one was
looking at it," he says. "We saw the challenges early on and developed many of the
solutions surrounding how to make aviation
"Today, we're using a lot of our knowledge,
Top Flight is "most excited" about the Airborg 10K, Phan notes,
adding that there is no other device like it on the market. "Through a
customer engagement process, the Airborg is fast-adapted for a particular set of industry applications, and is manufactured in multiples
by our professional manufacturer for commercial or DOD use," he
explains. "The Airborg is now available for customer engagements."
The price of the Airborg is contingent upon the components,
redundancy level and application-specific onboard equipment to
collect information or transport cargo, as defined in the engagement
process, according to Polo.
"For example, the price can increase with the type of cameras,
sensors and configurations, such as a parachute, that are added,"
Polo explains. "We say they're 85 percent complete and the last 15
percent are the specific things customers add for their industry and
The Airborg will enable missions to be flown more frequently
and at a fraction of the cost of commercial manned helicopters and
fixed-wing aircraft. "It took over two years of intense effort and
hundreds of hours to take something that weighs about 200 pounds
and miniaturize it down to 20 pounds," Polo concludes. "The Airborg
generates the same power as a small helicopter or airplane."
capabilities helps clients make
more informed decisions.
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