The Aero - Ready to Fly Drone Launch by Intel
The brand new “Aero Ready to Fly”, which is a Quadcopter drone, is expected to be launched later this year. It was produced by the Semiconductor manufacturer Intel Corporation. It was designed as a platform for drone application developers. The announcement date was on August 16 during the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.
“Designed from the ground up to support drones,” the Aero platform is a UAV developer kit powered by Intel’s Atom processor and combining computing, storage, communications and data input/output “in a form factor the size of a standard playing card. When matched with the optional Vision Accessory Kit, developers will have opportunities to launch sophisticated drone applications,” Intel said.
This specific quadcopter platform supports the “plug and play” options. These include having a flight controller with open-source drone code PX4 software. It also has Intel’s “RealSense” camera for obstacle avoidance. The Map software development kit from AirMap, will be used for all of airspace mapping applications.
During the developer forum, the company showcased its Yuneec Typhoon helicopter, which was equipped with its RealSense depth-sensing camera technology. The new helicopter is available now for the price of $1,899.
The most recent drone-related announcement that was by Intel, was about the launch of the Aero quadcopter and is not only one but one of multiple announcements. Last August, the company announced that about $60 million would be invested into Hong Kong-based Yuneec. Ascending Technologies, a manufacturer of autopilot systems and milti-rotor drones based in Germany, was acquired by Hong Kong this past January. The company’s venture capital, Intel Capital, made investments in Airware of San Francisco. Airware is a designer of a commercial drone operating system. PrecisionHawk of Raleigh, N.C. is a drone manufacturer and aerial data provider.
The FAA announced that they had appointed Intel CEO Brian Krzanich as chairman of its new Drone Advisory Committee. This committee is a group consisting of C-level executives that represent the small unmanned aircraft industry and its users.
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