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OSU Drone Makes Historic Flight

 

Ben Loh flies the unmanned aerial vehicle. Courtesy: Oklahoma State University

Ben Loh flies the unmanned aerial vehicle. Courtesy: Oklahoma State University

The pic above shows a drone developed by OSU grads and professors making an historic flight inside the U.S. Senate. (Kinda looks like the remote that Luke Skywalker used to train with in Star Wars!!)

The drone is called ATLAS or All Terrain Land and Air Sphere System. It was developed by Ben Loh, an Oklahoma State University graduate. This flight took place in a Senate hearing room on July 31st. It’s the first time an unmanned vehicle took flight inside the U.S. Senate. It was one of the main attractions during the Senate Aerospace Caucus.

Dyan Gibbens, CEO of Unmanned Cowboys. Courtesy: Oklahoma State University

Dyan Gibbens, CEO of Unmanned Cowboys. Courtesy: Oklahoma State University

Loh, Dyan Gibbons, and two other OSU professors started Unmanned Cowboys  in 2014. The company develops drones and “autonomous aerial vehicle technologies”.

ATLAS can fly, hover, roll on the ground, and take flight again. Loh and Gibbens say it works great inside buildings and that ATLAS is perfect for search and rescue situations.

During the caucus Gibbens briefed Senate staff about different ways drones can be used. She was also on a panel with other industry executives.

“We are grateful to Sen. Patty Murray’s office and the AIA for coordinating a drone flight in the Senate,” Gibbens said. “It was exhilarating to fly at the Aerospace Caucus and demonstrate ATLAS as a safe choice for indoor usage.”

Audience members inspect ATLAS. Courtesy: Oklahoma State University

Audience members inspect ATLAS. Courtesy: Oklahoma State University