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ULC Robotics, Inc. and Los Gatos Research Partner to Test New Aerial Gas Leak Detection Sensor at Stanford University Event

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New UAS-based Sensor Tested at Mobile Methane Monitoring Challenge

ULC Robotics, a global leader in innovation and technology development in the energy and utility markets, and Los Gatos Research (LGR) participated in the Mobile Methane Monitoring Challenge hosted by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and Stanford University’s Natural Gas Initiative. ULC Robotics and LGR deployed their patented UAV-based sensor to identify the source of controlled methane leaks. The data obtained by the UAV and sensor will be compared to eleven other ground- and aerial-based technologies.

NBC News Features ULC’s Vertical Take-Off and Landing Fixed Wing Unmanned Aerial System

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Our vertical take off and landing fixed wing UAS was featured as part of an NBC News segment on the multi-billion dollar growth in the robotics industry. We developed this unmanned aerial system from the ground-up to accommodate a range of utility applications including long range inspection of electric and gas right-of-ways.

Watch the segment here: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/on-air/as-seen-on/A-Look-Into-the-Rising-Robotics-Industry-in-Bay-Area_Bay-Area-448378963.html

 

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ULC Aerial Services Team Conducts UAV Demonstration Flights for Pennsylvania Gas Utility

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Gas transmission pipelines can run through almost any type of terrain. While some terrain is fairly easy to navigate, the process for inspecting pipelines in difficult to access areas is time-consuming, costly and can pose a safety threat to utility workers.

ULC’s Aerial Services team recently visited a Pennsylvania gas utility to conduct a series of unmanned aerial inspection flights to visually inspect gas pipelines located in hard-to-access areas and demonstrate the capabilities of the company’s H1000 Hexacopter UAV.

The customer identified four gas pipeline right-of-ways (ROWs) that needed to be inspected with two primary concerns. First, the pipelines which are located on the side of a mountain range and one at a river crossing needed to be visually assessed for vegetation management and encroachment. Secondly, the utility was concerned with the safety aspect of inspections for utility personnel.

Utility-Specific Fixed-Wing VTOL Drone Takes Flight

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ULC Robotics’ VTOL UAV for Commercial Applications in the Utility Industry Successfully Completes Flight Testing

Hauppauge, NY August 9, 2017 – ULC Robotics, Inc. is advancing the state-of-the-art in commercial utility industry aerial inspection after successfully flight testing a newly developed vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle last week. As a leading robotics, energy services and research and development company focused on the energy and utility industries, ULC Robotics’ commercial-grade VTOL fixed-wing UAV was specifically developed to meet the inspection needs of electric and gas utilities.

The UAV was designed and built from the ground up by ULC’s Aerial Services and engineering teams.  As a result, it is a powerful and versatile platform with a 10-foot wingspan and a sensor payload capacity of 10 pounds for conducting fully-autonomous aerial inspections and assessments of a variety of utility structures and properties, including electrical transmission lines, gas transmission pipelines, and right of ways.

FAA Issues Section 333 Exemption to ULC Robotics, Inc. for Commercial UAV Operations

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ULC Robotics, Inc. Fulfills FAA Compliance Standards to Perform Inspections and Surveys for the Energy and Utility Industries with Commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., March 30, 2016– ULC Robotics, Inc. (ULC), a leading robotics, energy services, and research and development company focused on the energy and utility industries, is proud to announce it has been granted the Section 333 Exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The exemption provides ULC with a general Certificate of Authorization to operate unmanned aerial systems (UAS) under 400 feet throughout the United States.

“Receiving the FAA Section 333 Exemption is an exciting development for our company and another cutting-edge innovative process we can deploy to benefit our clients and their customers,” said Gregory Penza, president and CEO of ULC Robotics. “ULC’s unmanned aerial inspection program is backed by our research and development and field operations teams, as well as a team of expert UAS consultants who will integrate professional-grade UAS with carefully selected sensors to ensure the highest quality inspections.”

ULC will utilize UAS to aid in the unmanned aerial inspection and surveys of difficult-to-access structures, monitor for gas leaks in distribution or transmission pipelines, inspect buildings and act as an emergency response assessment tool.

“Unmanned aerial systems offer a myriad of uses that utility industries and energy businesses can fully benefit from,” said Aubrey Anderson, head of the UAS program for ULC. “Using unmanned aerial inspections to monitor gas pipelines or electrical lines allows utilities to gather critical data, while reducing costs and keeping workers safe by eliminating the need to climb heights or navigate through hazardous terrain.”

Since September 2014, the FAA has issued more than 4,000 Section 333 Exemptions to businesses across the US. ULC is excited to be at the forefront of safely executing UAS operations and to bring innovative technology to the utility industry.

ULC plans to work with gas and electric utility customers and start demonstrations in June. In addition to electric and utility inspections, ULC’s UAS team has expressed their ability to expand UAS operations to other industries including construction, agriculture and commercial real estate.

For more information on ULC Robotics, Inc. and the company’s Unmanned Aerial Utility Inspection Services, please visit www.ulcrobotics.com.

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