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United States : MicaPlex Tenant Censys Technologies Adds Jobs While Advancing UAS Technology.

Censys Technologies Corporation, a high-tech startup firm in Embry-Riddles John Mica Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex (MicaPlex), has added seven jobs over the past year, and it also recently achieved an important milestone in the development of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) technology. Founded by Embry-Riddle alumni Trevor Perrott, Payal Chaudhari and John Lobdell, Censys Technologies joined the MicaPlex the centerpiece of Embry-Riddles Research Park as an incubator tenant in early 2017. Since then, Perrott reported, the company has added five Embry-Riddle interns, a chief financial officer, a full-time salesperson, and has become the first company to graduate from incubation to tenant partner at the MicaPlex.

At the same time, Censys Technologies client Untamed Aero Solutions, headed up by current Embry-Riddle masters student Ryan Langlois, was recently awarded a special FAR Part 107 waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly a Censys-built drone beyond the operators visual line of sight (BVLOS). As of January 2018, the FAA had issued only 13 BVLOS waivers, and the eighth was granted to the Untamed Aero Solutions / Censys Technologies partnership. Perrott said that Untamed Aero Solutions will use Censys Technologies Striped Manta drone to complete an agricultural survey of sugarcane fields south of Floridas Lake Okeechobee. Specifically, Langlois and his team will capture multi-spectral images to help assess the health of the sugarcane crop and give local farmers recommendations to boost their yields.

The Untamed Aero Solutions project demonstrates that Censys Technologies is fulfilling its original business plan to improve agricultural and energy infrastructure inspections using UAS technology. Aerial inspections of farmland and infrastructure such as oil pipelines offer efficiency, Perrott explained. Yet, traditional UAS called quadcopters can only fly relatively short distances within the operators line of sight. Manned aircraft and satellites can fly farther but they cost more, and there is a sacrifice of image resolution and relevance in many cases, he said. To offer a better solution, Censys Technologies is developing long-range, high-efficiency UAS that can fly beyond the operators line of sight.

Currently, the company has been flight-testing drones that are tracked using automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast, or ADS-B technology, which will be an increasingly critical means of avoiding collisions, particularly once beyond visual line-of-sight drones become more commonplace. The company is testing its Sentaero and Striped Manta UAS platforms as well as a third product, the AeroScout, created for client company, Aerial Applications, a Pennsylvania-based provider of rapid drone-based maps and a MicaPlex tenant. Aerial Applications defined performance requirements for the new best-in-class mapping UAS, and partnered with Censys to co-create the AeroScout. Were in a sales-growth phase, and Censys Technologies is now interconnected with several other firms that have ties to Embry-Riddles UAS programs, Perrott said. Its an exciting time.

Embry-Riddle Worldwide Assistant Professor of Aeronautics Brent Terwilliger, program chair for the Master of Science in Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Engineering (Online) said that Censys Technologies efforts have been impressive: This is a great example of applying collective knowledge and experience, shaped by their time at Embry-Riddle, to develop an innovative and much-needed solution in the UAS space. They have already leveraged connections across our campuses to help support an Embry-Riddle Worldwide graduate student, Ryan Langlois, in the development of his own FAA-approved beyond-visual line of sight UAS operation. Their collaborative nature showcases that spirit of enterprise and industriousness that drives successful technological advancement.

Dr. Stephanie Miller, the universitys director of tech transfer and research park initiatives said of Censys Technologies efforts: Its great to see our graduates pushing the boundaries of UAS technology and creating job growth in Volusia County at the same time. Terwilliger noted that Embry-Riddle launched the first Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Operations program in the nation, in 2011. Today, he added, were the single largest UAS educator in the world, with more than 1,500 students enrolled in our UAS programs.

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Date:Feb 19, 2018
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