Drones to help keep ships in shape » Drone Accelerator
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by on December 7, 2018
Can a small flying drone perform an accurate mechanical scan of a 500-foot naval destroyer?
The answer to that question is sought in a new collaboration between the Navy and a local company that specializes in using custom-built drones to collect engineering data.
The Naval Surface Warfare Center in Port Hueneme and Aerial Alchemy in Camarillo recently embarked on a project to research the use of unmanned aerial systems— commonly known as drones—in naval fleet maintenance.
Essentially, a remotely flown drone will fly around a Navy ship and use sensors to capture data that will be used to build a “digital twin,” which will help engineers redesign and repair parts of the vessel.
“It’s a digital representation of the analog ship,” said Chuck Spaulding, owner and founder of Aerial Alchemy. “It has to be incredibly accurate.”
The project targets a top concern for the Navy: keeping its fleet of ships—many of which are more than 20 years old— ready for combat.
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