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Near Earth Autonomy works with customers to provide flight-proven core technologies that realize their inspection and mobility needs. Applications include mapping a field, inspecting a building, or enabling an aircraft to navigate safely.

Core Technologies


Sensor Suites

Near Earth sensor packages perceive the world in 3D. They enable mapping and survey, localization and georegistration, and safety systems for piloted or autonomous aircraft.

Collision Detection and Avoidance

Our technology identifies and classifies hazards to piloted or autonomous aircraft, from the tallest trees to the smallest wires. Keep safe during all phases of flight -- takeoff, en route flight, and landing.

Landing Zone Assessment (geometric and semantic)

Our technology uses sensors to map the area around an aircraft, including underneath and behind. It will automatically recommend a landing area safely away from obstructions that are hazardous to the landing gear or tail, as well as avoiding hazardous terrain such as mud and water.

Motion Planning

Our algorithms work out detailed flight paths to allow us to achieve high-level mission goals, safely and efficiently. Hover taxi operations, flight within close quarters, exploration and mapping of expansive spaces such as underground mines are made possible through motion planning.

3D Mapping and Survey

Near Earth technology creates high fidelity 3D models of any environment -- indoors or outdoors, near or remote, with or without GPS.  With payloads ranging from 1200 grams to 50 kilograms, Near Earth can map the world at any scale.

GPS Denied Navigation  (with/without markers)

Near Earth technology uses sensors and terrain databases to localize an aircraft without the aid of GPS. Fly indoors, under a tree canopy, or underground.

Relative Navigation

​Our sensing technology allows precise flight control for relative navigation. This allows capabilities such as landing on a ship in rough seas, coordinating multiple air vehicles in close proximity, or automated vehicle docking operations.

Visual Pilot Aids

Our pilot aids create a 3D view of the area around an aircraft, allowing a pilot to identify and avoid hazards in blind spots as well as hazards that may be too small to be seen with the human eye.

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