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New tech backs up drone navigation systems denied GPS feeds

The increasing number of aircraft operating aloft carries a correspondingly higher risk of crashes – especially when navigation systems encounter problems. One company is now offering small, affordable backup tech that can help drones that lose GPS feeds understand where they are, and continue flying safely on.

Israeli company Asio Technologies is making its NavGuard unit available to the expanding businesses operating uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV) services. Originally developed for military craft denied global navigational satellite system guidance (GNSS), the application is now being extended for use on enterprise drones that lose GPS feeds and would otherwise have to fly on blind. Simply put, the tech jumps into the communications void and uses the drone’s own video camera to analyze footage being taken. That is then autonomously compared to previously loaded image maps of planned overflight terrain to determine where the craft is, and allow it to…

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Source: dronedj.com