Remote services provider adds unmanned systems expertise

Alaska-based Fairweather LLC, which provides a variety of support services in remote regions of Alaska, reported yesterday that it has acquired majority ownership of VDOS (Virtual Data Operations Support), a provider of manned and unmanned remote sensing and data collection services.

Fairweather provides marine science, medical, aviation, meteorological and expediting support to Alaska’s natural resource industry. The new partnership will allow the company to gather improved scientific data for the Arctic oil and gas industry through live streaming high-definition video, infrared, LIDAR and multispectral sensors. VDOS will continue to be run by founder Brian Whiteside.

“The new Fairweather/VDOS partnership will offer a new, unique approach to remote sensing in the Arctic,” Sherron Perry, CEO of Fairweather, said in a statement. “We are focused on providing our clients with highly-targeted scientific data acquisition solutions and products, not just massive amounts of data.”

Fairweather reports growing demand in the region for remote sensing, which unmanned systems are ideally suited to provide. The new company will focus its efforts on deploying scientific teams and providing technical support to multiple clients in the environmental and energy sectors with a focus on reduced risk and improved safety.

[ photo courtesy of VDOS ]