Simple Flying - Abid Habib

01 April 2024

Among ground vehicles and aircraft, passengers at Fairbanks International Airport could soon see robotic dogs patrolling the airport grounds.

The Alaska Department of Transportation (DoT) is testing out a wildlife mitigation solution in Alaska, in the form of a robot that functions as the equivalent of a coyote or a fox even, to scare away potential birds and other larger wildlife in proximity to the airport runway. If successful, these might be implemented at airports countrywide to improve safety.

Recent reports from Anchorage Daily News (ADN) show that the DoT and the Public Facilities have been testing out a new robo-dog, christened Aurora, at the Alaskan city of Anchorage. The primary function of this robo-dog technology would be to eventually be deployed at Fairbanks International Airport (FAI), and act as a wildlife mitigation method by hazing any potential birds or wildlife in proximity to the airport's runways.

Aurora is designed and built by US-based Boston Dynamics, which is a robotics company, with expertise in building advanced robots with animal-like features.

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