Monday, May 29, 2017

Crash-landing software on Drones to reduce risk to people, property below

Washington: Developing new tech to prevent human casualties, NASA scientists came out with a software that will help drones automatically spot the best places to crash-land in the case of an emergency.

There is always the risk of unmanned aerial vehicles to develop mechanical snags, and thus cause significant risk to people and property below.

Patricia Glaab, an aerospace technologist at NASA Langley Research Centre in the US, and colleagues developed the crash-landing software for drones.

During eight test flights, the technology successfully spotted safer landing sites such as swamps or drainage ditches to crash instead of cars or people on the ground, Glaab said.

The software reportedly links onboard drone components like batteries and motors to monitor their health, reported.

The technology identifies when something on the drone goes wrong, and puts the aerial vehicle in a crash-landing mode. When triggered, the software checks a pre-installed database of nearby safe zones that it can then pilot itself towards, the report said.

Businesses increasingly use drones for things like inspecting rooftops or power lines, raising the risk of in- flight mechanical and software problems that could put people below in danger.

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