Inside Unmanned Systems

FEB-MAR 2017

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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35 unmanned systems inside February/March 2017 ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. OTHER USES UAS also can be used to ASSESS PROBLEMS CAUSED BY DISASTER SITUATIONS, said Robin Murphy, director of the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR) at Texas A&M University. Her team fl ew fi xed- wing drones during the mudslides in Oso, Washington to get a better geospatial and hydrological sense of the disaster. They were worried about the responders getting fl ooded out as they were searching for victims, as well as how the fl ood would affect salmon season, which is an important part of that area's economy. The team was able to get the community the information they needed in seven hours so they could act—information they normally wouldn't have had for two to three days. Drones also could be USED TO MAKE FURTHER ASSESSMENTS after a disaster to see how an area is responding, Executive Director of the Lone Star UAS Center for Excellence Jerry Hendrix said. "Look at the Gulf of Mexico with the Deep Water Horizon disaster," Hendrix said. "Now as things are starting to recover, you could use UAS to fl y back into the waters and bays and assess wildlife and plant growth. Providing surveys and things of that nature from a recovery standpoint is another place where UAS could be used even more." part or buy a brand new drone. This helps en- sure they can f ly the drone when the next mis- sion comes up, safely surveying dangerous or out-of the-way areas they otherwise wouldn't be able to get to. "We're trying to get to the person faster. We need to speed the process up because we're try- ing to save a life," Bowie said. "We're trying to find them when they're still f loating down the river alive." Solar farm inspections are safer and faster with Septentrio. GeoTagZ eliminates the need for ground control points before launching the UAV with its infrared camera. The AsteRx-m UAS board integrated into your UAV captures actionable geospatial data to detect glass cracks, hot spots or faulty diodes to keep your solar farm fully operational. Find your area's hidden hotspots!

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