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Army Researchers Develop Sensors for Small Drones


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An aerial drone has an encounter with power lines.

A novel sensor and software application was designed by the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory to keep unmanned aerial systems away from active power lines.

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Researchers at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory (ARL) have developed a novel sensor and software application to keep unmanned aerial systems (UASs) away from active power lines.

ARL's David Hull used a combination of field and three-dimensional sensors with low-power processing.

Drones can use these sensors to detect the location and Poynting vector of nearby power lines, in order to autonomously avoid or navigate alongside them.

Said Hull, "Commercialization of our power line detection methods could have a significant impact on the development of autonomous UASs that operate near power lines."

From U.S. Army Research Laboratory
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