By Mella McEwen, MRT.com/Midland Reporter-Telegram | Nov. 19, 2022
Inspecting oil and gas sites in a cost-effective manner is advancing along with the use of drone technology.
American Robotics not only showcased its drone-in-a-box at the Hart Energy Executive Oil Conference but highlighted the fact that its Scout System is autonomous – allowed by the Federal Aviation Administration to operate without a human pilot.
“It changes the economics of human deployment,” said Jason Cornell, vice president, product. It allows the company’s clients to more efficiently deploy their pumpers who would otherwise spend their time driving to lease sites or operators who have to be on site operating inspection drones, he explained.
Being autonomous, Cornell said the drone is capable of monitoring its airspace for other aircraft and taking evasive action.
Source: Houston Chronicle