Initially we set out to source a docking station, aircraft, and perhaps even adapt third party sensors...
...rather than develop our own specialized meteorological sensor. We would just build software to connect it all. Turns out that nothing out there could survive a single weekend at the kind of environments we were headed to. So we built it all A to Z. Here are a few of the challenges we faced and solved along the way.
Elimination of rotor affect on wind resource measurement
Patented in the USA & EU
Landing in heavy gusts
Must be perfect.
Vision and sensor based.
Aircraft control from anywhere
Over the internet, low latency, excellent quality.
Inspection of unpredictable assets
Turbines move in 3 axis. Vision and sensor based
Direct Free Flow Measurement
Windborne (R:) Accurate on board, customized wind resource measurement
Marine worthy docking station
Robust and salt water resistant
Large landing surface with small total footprint
To insure compatibility with offshore platforms
Adverse weather resistant aircraft
With a special focus on gust resistance
Proprietary real-time image processing algorithms
No flight zones
Dynamic and customized
Spatial awareness of moving assets
Return to the same spot on the asset irrespective of where it has shifted to spatially
Keep it cool
Robust and low maintenance climate control
Performance & Inspection data and analytics flow
Simple integration to SCADA and asset management platforms
Management of several aircraft operating on site simultaneously
Watch automation, in-flight.
The future of automation in wind is happening right now.