GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER
One example which illustrates our approach comes courtesy of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Located in Greenbelt, Maryland, the center's administration wanted to improve physical security at the site as well as adding a new capacity to respond quickly to immediate threats.
Drones seemed like a potential solution to these issues, but making an informed decision required a careful assessment of the various regulatory, financial and technical issues surrounding the concept.
As an unbiased third party, we performed an independent assessment based on the current state of the industry and developed a specific set of recommendations. These became the basis for the center's action plan moving forward and, once the program was up and running, we provided insights as to how to review it and make adjustments to achieve optimal outcomes.
In 2016, Patrick Sherman of the Roswell Flight Test Crew was invited to Shenzhen, China, by MicroMultiCopter Technology to evaluate their industrial drones — including prototypes powered by hydrogen fuel cells, which promise to dramatically increase the flying time that can be achieved using multirotor platforms.
In this video, Sherman tours the MicroMultiCopter factory to see how its products are made.