Inside Unmanned Systems

JUN-JUL 2016

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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16 unmanned systems inside   June/July 2016 AIR HARDWARE Photos courtesy of Aeryon Labs WEB EXCLUSIVE An Aeryon Labs SkyRanger was used in search and rescue efforts as well as to map the most damaged areas after a 7.8 earthquake hit Ecuador's central coast in April. For more on this and the company's partnership with disaster response agency Global Medic, read Aeryon Labs fies UAS to assist in Ecuador earthquake aid program at tions found in higher-end platforms may rely on propriety software designed for use only with that company's products. There are, however, more à la cart options, he said. For example, you can choose less expensive hardware, license the software and process the data on a desktop workstation or in the cloud. That, however, "re- quires a greater level of sophistication in order to achieve comparable results," Singer said. Bethel agreed that it takes a higher level of user expertise to acquire the additional com- ponents to do tasks like f light navigation, trig- gering the camera and assigning GPS locations to each photo. These are things for which the less expensive systems have not historically had a complete turnkey solution, he said. Integrating the software needed to do the sort of complex f light plans required for surveying "WE FOUND THE HIGH-END SYSTEMS are becoming more sensor modularized." Matt Bethel, director of technology at Merrick and Company Industrial Skyworks has used the Aeryon Labs SkyRanger to perform commercial building assessments at night. The Aeryon Labs Scout performs a mission in Nepal.

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