Intel, Airbus demo drone inspection of passenger airliners

Staff Reporter

Karachi—A team from Intel and Airbus demonstrated an aircraft visual inspection with a modified AscTec Falcon 8 with Intel RealSense cameras. The demo took place during this week’s Farnborough International Airshow in England on an Airbus passenger airliner. “This collaboration and demo with Airbus showcases the advancements and innovation Intel brings to the drone industry,” said Anil Nanduri, vice president and general manager within Intel’s New Technology Group.
“We believe this prototype showcasing the Intel RealSense collision avoidance technology on the AscTec Falcon 8 will further enable our products and our industry, as well as others.” The AscTec Falcon 8, a market leader in professional aerial inspection and surveying, was flown using a flight control system managed by a human pilot. The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) followed a predetermined flight path systematically taking a series of fully-automated pictures.
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