(JUNEAU, Alaska) – The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) and Frontier Precision are testing a DJI M30 drone and DJI Dock, which have benefits for reducing avalanche hazards to roadways, among other applications.
The test, conducted in partnership with DJI, demonstrated the capabilities of the DJI M30 Docking Station. The docking station allows the drone to automatically launch and land from a fixed location. It also provides the drone with the ability to recharge its batteries and swap payloads, making it an ideal solution for long term and frequently reoccurring operations in remote and challenging environments.
"We are thrilled to have partnered with Frontier Precision and DJI on this test of UAS integration," said Ryan Marlow, UAS Coordinator for Statewide Aviation. "This innovative new solution has the potential to revolutionize the way we conduct long-term drone operations, particularly in Alaska’s more remote areas."
During the test, the drones captured high-resolution aerial imagery of an area in Juneau known for frequent avalanches, which will be used to support the DOT&PF's efforts to improve safety and conduct avalanche hazard reduction in the area. The DJI M30 Docking Station allowed the drones to cover a large area quickly and efficiently, without the need for multiple launches and landings.
The test's success shows that unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) can contribute significantly to enhancing safety across Alaska by providing advanced monitoring and inspection capabilities.
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 237 airports, 9 ferries serving 35 communities along 3,500 marine miles, over 5,600 miles of highway and 839 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to “Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”
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