AT&T’s new Flying COW drone to be all-weather disaster insurance

The drone was built by AT&T in public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), which has contracted with AT&T to provide a nationwide public safety network for first responders.

AT&T’s Extreme – Weather Drone (Courtesy of AT&T)

SOURCE:  RCRWireless NEWS

DATE: June 1, 2018

AT&T has designed an all-weather drone to keep its wireless network “flying” in a disaster. The all-weather Flying COW drone — designed by AT&T with help from manufacturers and first responders — will be one of two types of drones that AT&T will offer for its Network Disaster Recovery (NDR) system.

AT&T designed the “Extreme-Weather Drone” to be able to fly through rain or snow and handle tropical wind gusts up to 50 mph. It can handle extreme temperatures (both hot and below freezing).

“This is an octocopter drone – a multi-rotor. Four arms with eight rotors on it,” Art Pregler, AT&T’s unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) program director, told RCR Wireless News.

The all-weather Flying COW drone was designed by AT&T working with manufacturers. The drone was built by AT&T in public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), which has contracted with AT&T to provide a nationwide public safety network for first responders.

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