MISTRAS’ Unmanned Systems Center of Excellence (COE
) is headquartered out of MISTRAS member company, AETOS Group (www.aetosgroup.com
). Equipped with unmanned aerial systems (UAS
), ground robotic crawlers, and submersible robotic technologies to provide nondestructive testing (NDT
) inspection solutions, AETOS delivers leading-edge services to the oil & gas, petrochemical, and civil infrastructure industries.
Staffed with certified API
inspectors and American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT
)-certified technicians, AETOS’ history as a leading provider of robotic inspection technologies complements MISTRAS’ status as a one source global provider of asset protection solutions. AETOS has helped introduce commercial UAS
technology as a safe industry standard to inspect indoor and outdoor operating equipment, identify flaws and defects, provide aerial views of crises and catastrophes, and support the remediation and repair of key assets.
AETOS’ robotic devices are capable of inspecting:
- Operating Flare Stacks
- Elevated Pipe Trays
- Open, Floating Roof, and Closed Tanks
- Cooling Towers/Distillation Columns
- Power lines
Importantly, many of AETOS’ UAS
technologies are capable of performing in-service inspections, allowing clients to continue generating revenue even while their assets are being assessed. Each UAS
and robotic inspection solution provides a comprehensive range of high-resolution imaging options, incorporating digital imaging and video recording devices, as well as infrared, ultraviolet, environmental, multi-spectral, and hyperspectral sensors. This provides operators with timely results to detect the early signs of failure and actionable data for the useful life extension of key operating assets.
In 2012, AETOS received the first and only airspace approval to use UAS
in the petrochemical industry, when they received clearance to research use of UAS
technology over a major chemical manufacturing facility. In 2015, AETOS was officially granted Federal Aviation Administration (FAA
) Section 333 approval, making the company among the first in the industry to receive approval to fly UAS
devices in the National Airspace and beyond FAA
jurisdiction with the approval of local governing bodies.