Home / News / FAA Approves AeroVironment UAS to Survey BP Infrastructure at Alaska Oil Field

FAA Approves AeroVironment UAS to Survey BP Infrastructure at Alaska Oil Field

BP and AeroVironment have been authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration to use a commercial unmanned aircraft system to survey energy infrastructure in Alaska and determine areas that need maintenance and repair for the first FAA-approved commercial UAS project over land.

The FAA said Tuesday that the AeroVironment Puma AE will survey BP pipelines, equipment and roads at the Prudhoe Bay oil field in Alaska’s North Slope.

Puma AE was previously authorized to perform aerial operations only over Arctic waters before the FAA modified the restricted authorization to allow land surveillance.

According to AeroVironment, the survey contract with BP has a five-year period of performance and the first flight was completed Sunday.

The Puma UAS is equipped with Light Detection and Ranging, electro-optical and infrared sensors to gather imagery and other data that will be used to create 3D computerized models of the surveyed areas.

Check Also

Federal CIO Council Forms Federal Mobility Group

The Federal Chief Information Officer Council has announced a new group to serve as an information sharing channel for mobile technology activities across the federal government. The Federal Mobility Group would facilitate cross-agency information sharing on mobile policy, guidance, mobile device and service procurement and federal mobility program requirements, the Federal CIO Council said Wednesday.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *