Aselsan, AeroVironment and Altoy Defence Industries and Aviation Inc. Collaborate on Unmanned Aircraft System Information Services for Oil and Gas Industry
ALTOY Defense Industries and Aviation Inc., a Turkish joint venture partially
owned by AeroVironment, AeroVironment Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a worldwide technology
solutions provider and leader in unmanned aircraft systems and ASELSAN Inc., Turkey's
leading defense electronics provider and the world's 67th largest defense company,
announced their collaboration to deliver end-to-end, comprehensive unmanned aircraft
system (UAS)-based information services supporting oil industry operations.
On June 8, 2014, AeroVironment and a global energy company
launched the first United States Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) approved, commercial unmanned aircraft operations over
American soil at the Prudhoe Bay oil field on Alaska's North
Slope. AeroVironment's Puma AE™ UAS, in combination with the
company's highly skilled system operators, advanced sensors and
cloud-based data processing and analytics, deliver high resolution
information, on-demand, to improve the safety and reliability of
Prudhoe Bay oilfield infrastructure and maintenance programs.
The AeroVironment, ALTOY and ASELSAN team will be deploying a custom
integrated LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensor provided by ASELSAN.
This will be coupled with Electro-Optics and IR sensors to support ongoing
oilfield operations. The sensor payloads produce imagery and data for
processing into 3D computerized models of roads, pads and pipelines and
other valuable information, including precision volumetric measurement
and topographic analysis of gravel pits at the North Slope field.
This first-of-its-kind solution is available for the following oil and gas missions:
- Infrastructure and maintenance inspection – bridge and road inspections and change detection
- Security – tracking intruders, perimeter security, personnel security and location monitoring
- Environmental and regulatory compliance – pipeline inspection, environmental and wildlife monitoring
- Emergency response – search and rescue, damage assessment and oil spill detection
- Surveying and GIS data – three dimensional modeling, topography, watershed analysis
The Companies also agreed to broaden their collaborative efforts even further to include a wider scale of UAS applications and to enter new domains such as transportation systems and electric vehicles.