Skyfire Consulting, the nation’s premier public safety drone consultancy, is announcing a partnership with Doosan Mobility Innovation and ReadyH2 to launch a long-range pipeline inspection project with a major U.S. pipeline operator at booth #25318 at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
This partnership and launch will utilize the DS30 hydrogen fuel cell-powered aircraft from Doosan Mobility Innovation, a subsidiary of South Korean conglomerate Doosan Group, along with ReadyH2’s new on-demand hydrogen refueling service, the coalition will set off on a six-month long project to establish inspection procedures along a major U.S. gas pipeline — both for emergency response and routine inspection.
Doosan’s DS30 aircraft uses an on-board hydrogen-powered generator to keep the platform aloft for more than two hours at a time and cover distances of nearly 50 miles.
“Distances like that are simply not possible on battery technology,” said Matt Sloane, CEO of Skyfire Consulting. “We’re honored and thrilled to use this cutting edge technology to address a very complex problem of transporting information and items long distances both quickly and efficiently, especially during emergencies and weather issues.”
In addition to testing the aircraft in various weather conditions, the group will simulate responding to emergencies of all kinds along the pipeline right-of-way, and develop real-time, actionable reporting functions to alert both pipeline operators and public safety agencies of a potential issue.
This group was recently responsible for completing a 43-mile “proof of concept” flight between St. Croix and St. Thomas, on behalf of the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Health. The drone carried simulation vials and demonstrated significant value for the UAV industry. A big part of both that test and the upcoming pipeline tests will be securing FAA permissions to operate the aircraft beyond visual line of sight.
“With our experience in the FAA’s IPP program, and through our discussions on these two projects, the FAA has been incredibly helpful in setting the roadmap for us to complete,” said Sloane. “We are breaking new ground here, and we look forward to a positive back and forth with both aviation and pipeline regulators.”
ReadyH2, along with with their parent company Fortress UAV, will be responsible for providing a ready supply of hydrogen gas for the project, and the network of other operators that adopt Doosan’s cutting-edge technology. As well, Fortress UAV, a prominent drone repair and preventative maintenance provider, has been named the premier U.S.-based Doosan Mobility Innovation (DMI) repair and technical support center for its hydrogen fuel-powered drone systems and will be providing technical support for all of Doosan’s U.S. customer and dealer base.
“ReadyH2 is excited and ready to fill this void for compressed hydrogen gas in the drone market,” said Brendon Mills, CEO of ReadyH2 and Fortress UAV. “We have conducted extensive research and invested substantial time and resources to implement and become an experienced and safe hydrogen supplier to the hydrogen drone market. Our offering is one step closer to the adoption of hydrogen fuel cell technology in the U.S.”
Doosan Mobility Innovations, a subsidiary of South Korean conglomerate Doosan Group, will officially launch its U.S. hydrogen fuel cell drone solutions and the DS30, Long Endurance HRF Drone during the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Doosan is the world’s first company to successfully mass-produce hydrogen-powered drones for commercial use and was awarded 2020 Best of Innovation Awards in the category of Drones and Unmanned Systems from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).
“We are very excited to announce our partnerships to prove long-endurance, hydrogen-powered drone achievements with Skyfire Consulting, ReadyH2, and Fortress UAV at CES 2020,” said Doosoon Lee, CEO of Doosan Mobility Innovation. “The long-term success of Doosan Group came from not only the innovative technology, but also strong customer relationships which have been built by sincere customer care and access of reliable solutions. Now Doosan Mobility Innovation is ready to provide excellent customer service and dependable solutions to U.S. industrial drone customers with our state-of-the-art hydrogen fuel cell technology and close collaboration with our U.S. partners.”
At Doosan’s CES booth #25318 on Tuesday, January 7th, the partners are hosting a series of speeches and presentations starting at 1:00 p.m. PST. Doosoon Lee, CEO of Doosan Mobility Innovation will be speaking with renowned drone expert Colin Guinn, who assisted on the creation of the DS30 drone. Following their presentation, Brendon Mills, CEO of ReadyH2 and Fortress UAV, and Matt Sloane, CEO of Skyfire Consulting, will also be speaking.
About Skyfire Consulting
Skyfire Consulting is the nation’s premier public safety and emergency response UAV consulting company, specializing in pilot training, FAA consulting, SOP development and on-site services for public safety, as well as special projects in emergency response. Skyfire is a division of Atlanta Drone Group, Inc., based in Decatur, Georgia.
About Doosan Mobility Innovation
Doosan’s fuel cell business is an exciting future growth engine, accounting for around 0.5 billion USD in revenue. Doosan Mobility Innovation (DMI) is a 100% invested company by Doosan Corporation, and focuses on the mobile applications of fuel cell technology. We’re heavily investing in UAV applications to enable reliable long-endurance flight, accelerating the growth of the UAV industry. For more information, please visit www.doosanmobility.com.
About Fortress UAV & ReadyH2
Fortress UAV and ReadyH2 are subsidiaries of Fortress Solutions, a high-quality electronic systems repair vendor since 2002. Created in 2017, Fortress Solutions is a premier drone repair and preventative maintenance provider for drone operators in the U.S. and Canada. Created in 2019, ReadyH2 fulfills a new need in the drone market as a compressed hydrogen gas distributor. Both Fortress UAV and ReadyH2 will immediately begin supporting DMI’s hydrogen fuel cell drone needs. More information regarding Fortress UAV’s repair services can be found at www.FortressUAV.com and more information regarding ReadyH2’s hydrogen gas distribution service can be found at www.ReadyH2.com.