We have already talked to you on other occasions about how 5G connectivity, when it reaches its full potential, is going to transform various aspects of industry and technology. Its combination with drones has made them become fundamental tools that are evolving at a dizzying rate.
At the last Mobile World Congress, companies such as Samsung, Cisco and Aeromedia, and Orange presented models that offered high-quality video transmission that allowed to remotely monitor the drone’s environment and control it when obstacles appear or other situations where the automaton control fails.
A new step: autonomous drones
The integration of UAVs in the 5G communication standard will bring great advances for these devices. In the first place, the use of 5G networks to operate (command and control) these unmanned spacecraft will allow flights beyond the line of sight between the aircraft and its controller, even incorporating some autonomous flight capabilities.
Autonomous drones are a technology that is still in a growth phase, but with tremendous potential for application in various industries. One of them is it use in agriculture, either for land recognition, soil analysis and crop monitoring, among other uses. But they can also be used in infrastructure, transportation, security, entertainment, health, telecommunications and mining, among several other areas.
More than four years, exactly 1273 days, this underwater drone has been investigating the depths of more than 22,000 km of ocean. His journey started from Cape Cod (Massachusetts, USA) to Ireland. Later he passed through the Canary Islands (Spain) to later go to the Virgin Islands. During its total journey it made more than 5,000 measurements and it has been the longest autonomous journey that has been made in the Atlantic Ocean.
Several countries have already used part of their data to be able to apply it to the meteorological field and make forecasts with respect to the climate.
Its structure is curious and simple, it has a ball that inflates when it has to rise to the surface to make communications. Its interiors are roughly divided into two parts, the computational and the scientific (with the sensors), and after receiving instructions, both are prepared according to the mission.
Ghost 4, the combat drone
The combat industry is undoubtedly advancing to a scenario where human intervention is less and less. Hence, Anduril has created this drone with 100 minutes of autonomy and designed for military purposes. Its dimensions are 2.5 meters long and a propeller with a diameter of 2.2 meters. The interesting thing about its size is that it can be folded to be transported in a backpack, and it has enough resistance to withstand the exposure of elements such as sand or seawater.
Ghost offers real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities and thanks to Artificial Intelligence it is capable of executing 32 trillion operations per second.
From Anduril they explain that “Ghost offers intelligence in real time, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities” in order for operators to make more informed decisions. The drone is completely autonomous, as it is controlled by the Lattice platform and “the operator requires minimal training”. It is responsible for supporting the computer vision systems that the device uses to identify, classify and track objects.
Although the white paper is a promising start for the European Union, it still leaves many doors open for consultation and improvement. So much so that until May 19 there is a consultation system open to add improvements, comments, etc.