Doodle Labs, a leading datalink provider for mobile robotics and connected teams, has teamed up with Freefly Systems Inc., an American corporation that designs and manufactures the world’s toughest drones, to showcase how their technology works together to serve disaster response and other public safety groups.
Earlier this year, Freefly announced a partnership to integrate Doodle Labs’ mesh radios into the Freefly Astro UAS platform. Last week in Anaheim, California, Doodle Labs showcased the Astro at Disasters Expo USA a conference and exhibition for disaster preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery specialists.
Astro is Freefly’s latest drone platform with high precision RTK/PPK, LTE cloud connectivity, tablet controller, smart batteries, onboard mission computer and more. The platform boasts an open ecosystem of modular payloads with quick release. Astro is designed, tested, flown, built, and supported by the Freefly team in Woodinville, WA.
Doodle Labs, who produce industrial-grade wireless networking solutions, are working with Freefly to provide its Mesh Rider Radio as the onboard datalink for Astro. Integrating Doodle Labs’ radios will secure long range, high-bandwidth mesh capabilities, a more reliable connection for the drone and new avenues to global deployment.
The Astro’s functional flexibility, combined with the long-range, high-bandwidth networking capabilities afforded by the Doodle Labs Mesh Rider Radio, makes it a natural fit to meet the demands of global disaster response groups for search and rescue missions, terrain mapping and scanning and network extension in difficult networking environments while responding to floods, wildfires, and earthquakes.
“We knew that partnering with Freefly meant not only contributing to the advancement of powerful UAV technology, but also supporting the public safety groups who rely upon this technology to safely respond to disasters and save lives,” said Amol Parikh, VP of Marketing for Doodle Labs. “It’s a point of pride to have a hand in supporting the vital work of disaster response groups.”
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