Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Out To Lunch: Drones Over NOLA

Peter Ricchiuti, Craig Harvey and Charles Easterling.
Peter Ricchiuti, Craig Harvey and Charles Easterling.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

The vacuum created when NASA left the Michoud facility in New Orleans East has been filled by a range of new, innovative aero-space and robotic manufacturers. Among them, Crescent Unmanned Systems and NVision Solutions.

Charles Easterling, co-founder and CEO of Crescent Unmanned Sytems, came to lunch with his Google Glass. While you're doing whatever it is you do on a regular day, right off of the I-10 in New Orleans East Charles and Crescent Unmanned Systems are manufacturing one of the most advanced drones available.

A little further East along the I-10 at Stennis — now part of the New Orleans East NASA facility — Craig Harvey is Executive Vice President and COO of NVision Solutions, designing and manufacturing autonomous robots.

In the Pay It Forward segment of the show Peter Ricchiuti has Craig and Charles use their expertise to weigh in on start-up TRUE-See Systems, a digital healthcare company specializing in photos you won't see on Facebook and won't hear discussed over many lunches: wounds.

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