Drones and airports usually go together like oil and water, but you can’t say that about Atlanta’s Hartsfield–Jackson air hub which is world’s busiest airport. The city has formed a partnership with 3DR, Autodesk and engineering firm Atkins that has drones mapping Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport as part of a planned expansion.
The key to making it work was Site Scan, 3DR’s autonomous data capturing tech. The drones could capture 2D mosaics and 3D point scans while staying well away from the airliners – no mean feat when they’re flying between runways at the busiest airport in the world with over 100 million passengers per year.
If anything, the biggest challenge was getting the green light from extra-wary FAA regulators for the world’s busiest airport. Site Scan helped convince the FAA that the mapping drones wouldn’t fly into harm’s way, but the approval also demanded that the drone operators stay in constant contact with air traffic control and submit to controllers’ authority.
The effort should pay dividends before long. The maps and models will help with both demolishing old locations and the early designs for their replacements. Also, 3DR hopes that the lessons it learned in getting FAA clearance will help with other commercial drone outfits. It recently published some learning tools that could give other companies a helping hand, so projects like this may soon be run-of-the-mill.
About Atlanta International airport
Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, known locally as Atlanta Airport, Hartsfield, or Hartsfield–Jackson, is an international airport seven miles south of Atlanta’s central business district, in the U.S. state of Georgia.
It has been the world’s busiest airport by passenger traffic since 1998, and by number of landings and take-offs from 2005 to 2013, and in 2015. Hartsfield–Jackson held its ranking as the world’s busiest airport in 2012, both in passengers and number of flights, by accommodating for more than 260,000 passengers daily and 950119 flights.
Many of the nearly one million flights are domestic flights from within the United States, where Atlanta serves as a major hub for travel throughout the Southeastern United States. The airport has 207 domestic and international gates.
Source : EnGadget