Inside Unmanned Systems

OCT-NOV 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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October/November 2016 unmanned systems inside 23 analysis tools that turn raw findings into information the in- dustry can use to make solid decisions on where to allocate their resources. "The next step is integrating into their GIS systems and maintenance systems so the process is more seamless," Metzler said. "We don't just send an electronic report but one that populates into the systems they already have. They can access the data as we're collecting it and make an as- sessment as to what needs to be done in real time as op- posed to a few hours later." The Future Rail companies need to gather a great deal of information to properly maintain their tracks, Evans said, and while drones certainly can help, they won't replace all the tools they use today. "All those current methodologies they use for collecting data will still exist, but with a drone they can cover more ground more quickly," Evans said. "With the right sensors, they can find out more about the track environment than they currently can with ground based sensing alone." And as rail companies begin to see firsthand the benefits drones can bring to line of sight inspections, more will start accepting drones as a viable tool, Metzler said, making them open to a host of other solutions—including solutions no one has even thought up yet. The industry is still learning about UAS and what the tech- nology can do, Trevino said, and BNSF is focused on determin- ing, in cooperation with the FAA, how to safely incorporate UAS as another tool. The fact railroads want to deploy UAS into a well-defined space should help make this a little easier, and lends itself to creating f light patterns that can be clearly identified and communicated to other aircraft in the area. BNSF is optimistic about the possibilities UAS offer, Tre- vino said, giving them another way to monitor changes as well as the information they need to make repairs before small issues turn into big problems. "We see an almost limitless opportunity with UAS," Lessig said. "Clearly there's a lot of cool factor to the unmanned mar- ket today, but very quickly that cool factor will be replaced by a clear understanding of what drives value. At that point we believe UAS will become an integral part of the way rail does business. Once the traditional low-hanging-fruit missions are covered the ongoing opportunity is truly limitless—and that's where things will get really interesting as the rail industry comes up with creative applications." ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. A miniature IMU Weight: 0,12 lbs (55g) Volume: 2,0 cu. in. (35cm 3 ) • When size, performance and robustness matter Available now – contact us to discuss your application … TO BE EVEN BETTER! Photo: Eskil Rønningsbakken Certain missions demand unsurpassed precision, stability and reliability. Having perfect control and fully understanding the smallest detail is what it takes to be a world leader. With this in mind, we developed the Inertial Measurement Unit STIM300, a small, utra-high performance, non-GPS aided IMU: • ITAR free • Small size, low weight and low cost • Insensitive to magnetic fi elds • Low gyro bias instability (0.5°/h) • Low gyro noise (0.15°/√h) • Excellent accelerometer bias instability (0.05mg) • 3 inclinometers for accurate leveling STIM300 is the smallest and highest performing, commercially available IMU in its category, worldwide!

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