Helipse from the Charente region of France are sending three airframes to Fukushima Dai-Ichi. They have been fitted with radiation monitoring sensors and will also broadcast live video of the damaged facility.
Laurent Grenier, 50, owner of the company will travel to Japan
“There, in Tokyo, I’ll set the engines, installing sensors and programming the flight of three aircraft. Each helicopter is equipped with a computer, a GPS, an inertial and a compass. The steering is automatic. The three models – two electric and gas – have a range from 30 minutes to one hour of flight. They can fly some thirty kilometers.
The degree of sophistication is such that devices can take off and land fully automatically, and this with an accuracy of few meters . How do they behave on the spot? We’ll see. ”
About Helipse from their website
In 2002, the decision was taken, to start an UAV helicopter development (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), in order to build a window of our knowledge to make.
The objective being to produce an UAV able to carry out there various missions or the use of an inhabited model would prove to be dangerous or too expensive.
The goal being to reach a flight entirely automated computer-assisted, in order to extend and to make safe the sphere of activities without these missions not being dependent on qualities or the training of a pilot. In clear to produce a controllable machine by any speaker after a few hours of formation
It is now thing made thanks to the development and the addition of a flight calculator.
The sophistication degree is such as it’s possible to take off and land in an entirely automatic mode, and this with a few meters precision.
The uses are numerous and our customers discover each day new applications.