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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17 unmanned systems inside June/July 2016 ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. and mapping missions can also be a challenge. "For high fidelity and high accuracy map- ping, you need the UAS to capture high-res, stable images. The aircraft has to hold its posi- tion reliably," said David Proulx, vice president of product and marketing for Aeryon Labs, which manufacturers the SkyRanger. "When you specify an auto grid pattern and the air- craft self-calculates the route of f light and the rate at which images are captured, is has to do so reliably and based on the coordinates you're trying to map. It has to hold its position in 3D space or you won't get the images you want." If the images don't overlap correctly because the positioning is off, it hurts the quality of the end product, Proulx said. While overlapping is- sues can be fixed during post processing, that takes time and costs extra money. Finally, it's important to have the right soft- ware to process the information the drone col- lects, Southard said. While some manufacturers offer a package including such software, it's not essential to buy the software from the hardware manufacturer. There's not one single package that will do everything, he said, and someone working in a construction zone will require dif- ferent software than someone flying over crops. "There's a lot of variety in the types of ap- plications," Southard said. "Having application specific software is going to be important." Resilient and Reliable Mapping drones must sometimes operate under difficult conditions, Proulx said, and they need to be rugged and reliable. An Aeryon Lab Sky- Ranger was used recently for a mapping mis- sion in Ecuador to help in an earthquake recov- ery effort. Aeryon partners with Global Medic to perform missions in emergency situations. "We mapped out landslides that blocked roads, rural areas and cities," said Rahul Singh, executive director of Global Medic. "The idea is to be able to provide the responding authorities with critical, comprehensive and analyzed in- AERYONLIVE AERYON LABS RECENTLY INTRO- DUCED AERYONLIVE, an integrated Software-as-a-Service platform de- signed to make enterprise unmanned aerial system deployments more scal- able and more effcient for SkyRanger customers. The video and telemetry feature delivers low-latency (less than 5 seconds glass-to-glass), live video streaming and real-time readout of criti- cal aspects of aircraft location and per- formance, enabling remote users to see what the aircraft is seeing in real time. NIGHT FLIGHTS INDUSTRIAL SKYWORKS uses AERYON LAB'S SKYRANGER TO PERFORM COMMERCIAL BUILDING ASSESSMENTS, including of hospital and manufacturing facilities. The SkyRanger picks up geo-referenced imagery and converts those images to 2D and 3D models. From there, a map of the fa ade is created and given to the engineers or the facility manager. This map provides a complete view of how the facility is performing. Industrial Skyworks recently received approval to fy the UAS at night in the United States, and was granted the same approval in Canada in 2014. To read more about their work and why this is important, check out the WEB EXCLUSIVE, Industrial Skyworks approved to fy SkyRanger at night, at insideunmannedsystems.com. Continued on page 20 "ONE OF THE BIG DIFFERENTIATORS (between entry-level and more advanced systems) is the fight time." Matt Bethel, director of technology at Merrick and Company

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