Israeli startup completes world’s first drone flight without GPS navigation


The Israeli company was the first in the world to fly a drone outside the operator’s line of sight and return to the launch site without using GPS navigation, but only due to computer vision technology and artificial intelligence systems. Traditionally, drones use GPS for orientation and flight control in the assigned flight level, not exceeding the allowed altitude for flight. Israeli startup Sightec has unveiled a GPS-avoidance technology that can aid navigation. NavSight software can be installed on any drone with a video camera on board. It allows the drone to see the surrounding area, similar to the pilot’s vision, and makes it possible to determine its location in real time. The new technology can be used in conjunction with existing systems for safe landing in emergency mode or return to the starting point in the event of a GPS navigation failure.

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