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GREEN MARINE • Technology km/h for 50 minutes to ? ve kilometres chroniclers as saying. “Before this, we sions from vessels.” manufacturer’s note says. And Enge and away. They can handle 70 km/h winds did not have the opportunity to inspect One thing is certain: Enge was “ex- the NMA will also use a point-and-click and, during sulfur inspections, will “ide- vessels that are sailing, but now we’re tremely pleased” with the navigation and XRF pistol that scans fuel and can deter- ally” be followed by a support craft, au- the ? rst in the world to systematically use ? ight control of the Sky Rangers from mine sulfur content within 30 seconds — tonomous or not. drones for this type of work. The drone the KV Tor’s deck, with its camera con- or about as long as the Sky Ranger has to

But as with all drones, it’s payload, will therefore ensure that we make more trols. “The touch screen system allows remain in the exhaust stream of a ship’s payload, payload. The 2.5 kilogram effective the way we inspect sulfur emis- the execution of dynamic ? ight plans,” a funnel.

drone can carry a 2.5 kg camera and sen- sor payload. The NAS sulfur sniffer is tiny, but only needs to suck in a minis- cule air sample to replicate the analysis trained surveyors have always done in

NMA labs. “We can change out the sensor, and you can check for other gaseous ele- ments as well,” said Enge, who admits, “We’re still working on the software for this one.” Indeed, the new drones the

NMA will procure come with Aeryon

Labs secure Application Development

Kit and Payload Development Kit “to enable rapid third-party software inte- grations and payload developments”, and that’s exactly what happened.

When the Sky Ranger was introduced in 2015, TrellisWare Technologies, Da- tron, Aeryon Labs and Black Diamond

Advanced Technologies reportedly pre- sented the SkyRanger to the US Marine

Corp with a TSM radio that enabled real-time streaming and thermal imaging over a mobile ad-hoc network, or MA-

NET. It’s not known whether any of this technology is being used in Norway.

Super drones

Drone sales for maritime applications have been a big hit in Norway, although structure integrity missions have been the main draw. Since 2015, Stavanger- area out? t, Nordic Unmanned, struck a distribution deal with Lockheed Martin for their Indago VTOL drones.

Since then, Nordic Unmanned has earned contracts pulling hydro power pi- lot lines and dropping objects for electric grid operators as well as surveys for the national railroad. Kongsberg Maritime

Broadband Radio, a satellite-indepen-

MODERN CLASS FOR dent system, is at least aboard the Indago drones, one of two types tested, since a

SMARTER OPERATIONS deal exists between Nordic Unmanned and Kongsberg. The MBR also streams real-time surveillance video in real-time

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drones are understood to be R70’s that can operate from -30 degrees Celsius to 50

C. They’re intuitive enough that the sur-

Learn more at veyor need not be an engineer, although they will receive training from NAS and, or Nordic Unmanned and FLIR. “This drone is the ? rst of its kind that’s being combined and integrated as a ? n- ished package,” NAS operations leader,

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