NASA taps Kyoto startup to make maps of the wind for drones

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration is turning to a Japanese startup for help in creating maps of the wind that will make it safer for drones and air taxis to take to the skies around the world. MetroWeather Co. makes compact, low-cost lidar sensors that can be used to detect hazards like wind shear, allowing unmanned aerial vehicles to operate in urban environments, Chief Executive Officer Junichi Furumoto said in an interview. The Kyoto-based company will work with TruWeather Solutions Inc. in the U.S. as part of NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research grant program. Autonomous drones and flying cars, long a science fiction staple, are slowly edging toward reality. The four-rotor machines known as quadcopters are already being used for photography, inspections and mapping. Amazon.com Inc., Alphabet Inc. and United Parcel Service Inc. are exploring their use for deliveries, while a number of startups and aerospace incumbents are working on electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing vehicles that can carry people.

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Cut sustainability reporting prep from 3 weeks to 3 hours

Every year, as a part of Stena AB annual report, Stena Bulk assembles an expansive Sustainability Report that tracks emissions and vessel efficiency across its entire fleet. It goes out not only to company management, but also regulators and international agencies. You and your teams may have just finished assembling a similar one. If so, then you’ll know that each report depends on thousands of points of individual data, with almost every one found in a separate document or format. It means endless hours and weeks of late nights  combing through PDFs, Excel sheets, and emails. For years, this process has been a fixture of life in the office, but thankfully, it doesn’t have to be that way. With Orbit’s machine learning and reporting capabilities, it’s possible to reduce the time you and your teams spend assembling reports to a fraction of what it is now. In fact, using Orbit Stena Bulk significantly decreased the time they spent generating Sustainability Reports.

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