UAF and Alyeska team up to use UAS technology

FAIRBANKS- The University will test using unmanned aerial sehicles (UAS) to monitor the Trans–Alaska Pipeline. Alyeska typically sends people to inspect the pipe, but remote controlled aircraft could enhance their ability to gather information. The UAS can provide high resolution and infrared images to help far–off engineers see if there are underground leaks or problems with property boundaries. The new collaboration is being funded by the Federal Department of Transportation and has several positive implications such as selling the research to other pipeline companies around the world.