Drone-as-a-Tool

Our solution is provided as Drone-as-a-Tool (DaaT). We equipped an industrial-grade drone (DJIM210) with lidar technology and machine learning algorithms to provide users with an out-of-the-box solution for automated aircraft inspections.  To make it as easy as possible, users receive a large box that includes all hardware and software items that are needed for a complete inspection of any aircraft. To make sure that equipment is always up-to-date and ready-to-fly, we deliver hard- and software including the maintenance, spare parts, and software upgrades. The drone autonomously scans and collects high resolution images of the aircraft structure. The images are then sent and processed in our image analysis software.

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Fast

Inspection in 60-90 minutes

Safe

No cherry pickers required

Easy

Fully automated process

Our Unique Proposition

  • Out-the-box solution

    Industrial quality hardware

    Includes all equipment for engineer

    Continuous software improvements

  • Proprietary software

    Automated inspection flight

    Active machine learning algorithms

    Automated reporting and easy sharing

    Fully integrated back-end for data storage

    Suggestive damage detection based on SRM

  • Flexibility of usage

    Suitable for indoor and outdoor inspections

    Hangar operations continue normally

    Works for all aircraft types

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What is in our package?

package consisting drone, camera, Isaac module and ipad

As part of our product, we will provide you with the following hardware and software: 

  1. Top-end inspection drone
  2. High-end camera & lens
  3. Our proprietary ISAAC module
  4. iPad Pro with our Mainblades Flight iOS app for inspections
  5. Our cloud environment Mainblades AI-Dent for data analysis
  6. Industrial quality batteries & charger station
  7. Robust flight safety case for transportation

Details of our hardware and software package

drone equipped with lidar sensor and ISAAC

We use the best industrial drones available on the market – appropriate to the exact situation and deployment, such as in indoor vs. outdoor – as the body for our brain: ISAAC. We integrate ISAAC, the droneand the payload sensor into the resulting tool that does what you want: an automated inspection of your aircraft. 

The DJI M210 is currently our default drone. We are now testing the use of the next-generation DJI drone: DJI M300 drone. 

  • Dimensions: 28.2×8.7×9.3 inch (716×220×236 mm)
  • Maximum take-off weight: 6.14 kg
  • Hovering accuracy: vertical: ±0.5, horizontal: ±1.5
  • Operating temperature: -4° to 113° F (-20° to 45° C)
ISAAC module with antenna

Meet our navigation module Intelligent Sensing And Automated Control, or short: ISAAC. This module serves as the “brain” when mounted on the drone (“the body”). ISAAC makes the drone capable of precision mapping and navigation around your aircraft. With our onboard ISAAC softwarewe can ensure an automated inspection with full coverage and provide an inspection report, integrated into your maintenance system. 

Updates to the software in terms of new features and improvements in the performance are automatically deployed via our CI/CD pipeline. This holds for all three software packages: onboard ISAAC, Mainblades Flight app, our backend & database in the server or cloud. 

We use Zenmuse X5S camera to take HD photos. Equipped with a Micro 4/3 sensor, the Zenmuse X5S has a dynamic range of 12.8 stops with muchimproved signal to noise ratio and color sensitivity than the X5R. It supports up to eight standard M4/3 lenses (including zoom lenses) with focal lengths ranging from 9mm-45mm(equivalent to 18mm-90mm on a 35mm camera), allowing more creative flexibility. The new CineCore 2.0 image processing system the Zenmuse X5S capable of capturing 5.2K 30fps CinemaDNG video and Apple ProRes video* as well as 4K 60fps using H.264 and 4K 30fpsusing H.265 (both at 100Mbps). Continuous DNG burst shooting at 20fps with 20.8MP images is also supported. The Zenmuse X5S was designed to keep pace with the rigors of high-end professional aerial imaging. 

Upgrades come in as changes to the hardware configuration. For example, another sensor for a different kind of inspection: structured light sensor for dent inspections.

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The lidar on our drone is the Ouster OS0-32, Ouster’s ultra wide field of view sensor

  • Range: 55 m

  • Vertical field of view: 90°

  • Points per second: 655.360

  • Precision: ± 1.5 – 5 cm

iPad Pro with the Mainblades Flight app

Support equipment on the ground for the engineer:

  • iPad Pro with the Mainblades Flight app
  • Battery charging station

How does our solution compare to the competition?

In case you would like to understand how our solution compares to the the competition, you can check out our comparison page.

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