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The UAV launches straight up from the deck of the USS Midway, its operator carefully maneuvering it in front of the ship’s air traffic control tower. Along its predetermined flight path, the UAV captures lidar measurements and IR imagery for a few minutes before descending back to its landing pad.
Dan Jennings, of the Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Pacific, operates a commercial off-the-shelf UAV outfitted with a corrosion/anomaly detection sensor payload and processing scheme. He’s aboard the USS Midway Museum in San Diego during a demonstration of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Global TechSolutions Topside Drone project. Courtesy of Bobby Cummings, U.S. Navy.
Topside Drone is a product of a corrosion/anomaly…