UAI selects Altavian's Nova small UAS for research projects

By Patrick C. Miller | February 12, 2015

The Unmanned Applications Institute (UAI) has acquired the Altavian Nova F6500 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) for use in research projects focused on precision agriculture, energy resources analysis, infrastructure inspection, geospatial mapping and data collection.

“With this acquisition, we’re going to be targeting opportunities with regional academic partners and public entities that can apply for COAs to do research,” said Doug McDonald, UAI director of special projects. “We hope to be at the tip of the spear with activities in collaboration Altavian and our academic partners.”

Altavian’s Nova UAS family is used for professional-grade data collection in geomatics, precision agriculture, infrastructure analysis, development, natural resource management, and conservation.  Altavian designs and produces integrated air platforms, payloads, and controls, providing services and support for its governmental, commercial and research-based customers.

The Nova F6500 is an all-electric UAV that provides precision 3D mapping and real-time thermal infrared and high-definition video capabilities. The system deploys with minimal logistics because of its waterproof, lightweight and hand-launchable design.

“We are looking forward to our collaboration with UAI to expand UAS and sensor research in the northern plains region,” said Altavian CEO John Perry. “North Dakota’s support of the drone industry is tremendous and we feel that our partnership is going to help both of our organizations become leaders in the field.”

Based in Grand Forks, North Dakota, UAI is a research and applications institute focusing on small UAS applications for civil and commercial use.

“Our selection of the Altavian Nova F6500 aircraft is based on the company’s strong safety record, training and advanced air and sensor technologies, which will facilitate innovative research and solutions for our academic partners and industries.” said UAI founder Tommy Kenville. 


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