State-of-the-art, unmanned aerial, surface and underwater drones were on full display at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology on Coconut Island. This was part of the third Maritime Awareness Network of Teaming Autonomous Systems (MANTAS) event in October 2018 by the UH Applied Research Laboratory, or ARL. In one demonstration, an ARL drone pilot flew a $250,000 LiDAR payload developed by Denver-based tech company ASTRALite, around Coconut Island. Their hybrid technology measures both topography and bathymetry, the underwater equivalent of topography. During the flights, ASTRALite used their sensor to inspect coral reefs and underwater infrastructure such as bridge pilings that surround the island.
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