Agriculture Case Study

Oil and gas

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) offer the Oil and Gas industry new capabilities that reduce cost and operational risk while also improving efficiency. UAS can be used to measure and quantify oil spills, determine how the oil is moving in water and provide information and imagery to the command center. Infrared (IR) imaging can be extremely helpful to survey oil spills making it easier to see where the oil is spreading. This critical information increases the situational awareness of first responders to the incident, increasing safety and the ability to make better decisions in the clean-up planning efforts.

Another use of UAS is monitoring pipelines. IR imaging capabilities enable the unmanned aircraft to detect leaks that would otherwise not be visible. Additionally, specialized sensors can be used to detect emissions of gas leaks. Applications from asset security, ice monitoring and terrain mapping are just a few ways this highly effective technology can be utilized today.

AeroVironment's unmanned aircraft systems offer the oil & gas industry valuable capabilities that can reduce operational cost and risk, while improving efficiency.


Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) can provide firefighters with an eye in the sky to help them see where the fire is headed, hotspots behind the fire front and structures nearby that might be in danger. UAS can also provide communications relay between the field command center and fire fighters battling the fire in the field, providing actionable data for resourcing and support while greatly reducing the risk to life and property.

Fire fighting activities are often impaired due to thick smoke or darkness. Vision enhancement, such as infrared (IR) thermal imaging, increases responders situational awareness, enhancing safety and the ability to make informed decisions.

AeroVironment's UAS offer the fire industry valuable capabilities that can reduce operational cost and risk, while improving efficiency.

Maritime Operations

Disaster Relief

With the natural disaster of Japan and the ever increasing uprising in the middle east this system is a perfect and not to mention cost effective solution. With the fear of radiation we can have a platform loiter over the area sending real-time data without endangering life. The future of combat will be unmanned and I’m proud to have a US company at the forefront. – Roberson

Communications Relay

Providing broad and persistent communications when mission operators need it most.

A squad is patrolling an area far from base that is known for enemy activity. Ambushed! Pinned down by deadly enemy fire. Line-of-sight communications blocked by mountains. No reception and no means of contacting friendly forces. Life-saving help is needed.

Global Observer® carrying a communications relay payload can link the squad to distant base. Includes satellite-like capabilities to enable affordable, persistent and seamless communications relay capabilities where mission operators need it most. Global Observer can provide more bandwidth to interconnect and route data. Teams separated by topographical barriers and using legacy radio equipment with disparate radio frequencies and signal formats can use communications relay to communicate with each other and to distant command centers in real time.

Like nature itself, AV UAS has evolved the way we manage wars, crisis and events. From the African perspective of drought, remote oil spillage, volcanic eruptions, endangered animal species, civil unrest, pirates operations and growing terrorism can now be simultaneously managed and sustained real-time by one true flight. Makes a whole lot of sense! Wish I could one day work with such a brilliant team. – Ozoigbo

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