Inside Unmanned Systems

AUG-SEP 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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51 unmanned systems inside August/September 2016 ugust/Septe August/September 2016 August/September 2016 be August/September 2016 0 August/September 2016 6 August/September 2016 ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. a higher level of actual data about crop health, water levels and chemical levels. The results do not have to be delivered in real time, however, because the crops are not moving. It's a static problem, Wells said, and the data analysis can be done after the f light. "But in the fishing industry it's not a static problem. So it's less about really robust data analysis and more about real-time data deliv- ery—so we turn out a lower level of analysis for a higher level of speed," Wells told Inside Unmanned Systems. Venture Capital Planck's technology has attracted both venture capital investment and a major industry partner. Planck won a spot in the Launchpad incu- bator program run by the Procopio law firm. Launchpad invests in the firms it selects—typ- ically $25,000 to $100,000—provides free of- fice space and access to a network of mentors, investors and advisors. This May Planck signed a deal with Parrot, selling Parrot a 23.2 percent interest in the firm for an undisclosed sum. Interestingly a translation of the Parrot press release men- tioning the deal describes Planck as "develop- ing drone surveillance solutions for the Navy." Planck put its infusion of money to work, completing a recent round of hiring and secur- ing testing infrastructure. "We're sort of maniacal about testing and validation and ensuring reliability, said Wells, who noted the company owns a boat test plat- form and has an indoor test facility. "For us reliability is really the name of the game and the way that you get to reliability is through rigorous testing." "IF YOU HAVE A MOVING SHIP DECK it would be very diffi cult to land as the ship heaves and rolls about on the surface of the ocean." Tim McLain, Planck technical advisor, professor of mechanical engineering at Brigham Young University, director of the Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems SEPTEMBER 12-15, 2016 TORONTO, CANADA MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN EATON CENTRE YOU 'R E IN V I T ED APPL ANIX AIRBORNE USER GROUP MEETING AND CONFERENCE REGISTER ONLINE TODAY! www.applanix.com/ UGM2016 Direct Georeferencing Workshop included 2 Days, over 10 sessions providing information on: GNSS and Inertial Sensors The Concepts of Photogrammetry Direct Georeferencing Applications in Airborne Mapping (Manned and Unmanned) Future Trends

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