Flyby Robotics founder Jason H. Lu remarked, “Our mission is to restore America’s industrial UAV fleet by building a drone that pilots love.”
“My family came to the United States as political refugees from China,” Lu remarked. Most people are unaware that in Chinese mainland, all private interests eventually serve the CCP. Political committees run by the CCP exist in all major corporations. Its government is totalitarian. Therefore, I am all too aware of how risky it is for our vital businesses in the US to rely on DJI drones. Our operators are in a difficult situation where we need to switch from Chinese-manufactured drones but also need superior options made in the US to complete the task at a reasonable cost.
Lu’s Los Angeles-based business strives to incorporate the most recent technology developments into its systems while keeping in mind the requirements of commercial drone pilots in order to produce these superior possibilities. Lu added, “At Flyby Robotics, we’ve assembled an incredible team of engineers from Yale research, NASA JPL, and Anduril to design UAV systems for problem areas that we regard as underserved in the US. We have people in-house that have built machine learning applications and top-tier user experiences on mission-critical systems, in addition to our expertise in vehicle design and control.
The ability for commercial drone pilots to add components necessary to their specialized activities is a key component of his company’s approach to product development. In order to accomplish this, the UAV platform from Flyby Robotics is built with the capability of mounting payloads on both the bottom and top of the vehicle.
We want to make it simple for drone operators to operate more sophisticated AI features and combine a range of different sensors, according to Lu. We provide pilots with six easily accessible ports for sensor interface and offer integrations with top sensors like the Gremsy series, Sony A7Rs, and FLIR radiometric thermals.
Another crucial element of Flyby Robotics’ technique is exceptional processing capability. For computationally demanding tasks, our drones have a GPU with a real-time processing speed of 50 trillion operations per second. This enables us to provide cutting-edge AI features like precise LiDAR-based obstacle avoidance that can detect even tiny wires and autonomous flight in situations where GPS is unavailable or it is completely dark. Additionally, it enables operators to carry out real-time AI imaging duties on board our drones, such as managing vegetation encroachment over railroads or counting animals for wildlife preservation. On the Flyby F-11, you can accomplish whatever you can think of and program, according to Lu.
Flyby Robotics is able to take use of the many opportunities given by machine learning thanks to this focus on processing power. “One thing that we frequently overlook when thinking of intelligent machines is that a system’s intelligence is actually downstream of its computational capability,” Lu remarked. “Recent improvements in GPU computing allow us to perform 100x more complex operations than we could even three years ago. AI resources have never been this accessible. “50 trillion operations per second of computational power have never been put onto a commercial drone before.
By putting these resources to use, Flyby Robotics’ commercial drone customers have seen an improvement in performance and capabilities. Lu said, “We’re witnessing enormous benefits in lowering tiredness and cognitive strain for pilots, who frequently fly for extended periods of time in demanding conditions. We are enabling real-time data processing to deliver time-sensitive insights from acquired imagery, and we are unleashing new multi-drone operational capabilities that substantially speed up inspection activities.
“Flyby Robotics can continue to meet the needs of commercial drone operators by utilizing these new developments and methods for developing drone systems. Pilots are already aware of their particular needs, Lu said. Our responsibility is to assist in making features and capabilities available.
Lu claims that Flyby Robotics is actively working with partners on development projects across a variety of industries. We’re already working with people in the construction, oil and gas, and government use cases that take advantage of our high on-board computational capabilities to perform things that were previously not possible on other platforms, he said, adding that we can’t divulge too much at this time. “Get in touch with us if you’re working on something with drones and would like to join.”