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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48 unmanned systems inside February/March 2017 MARINE INNOVATION structure inspection," Vessells said in Fathom's entry video. "Many people don't realize that up to 85 percent of our world's oxygen comes from our marine plant life and these plants are dying at an alarming rate. Why? Because people simply don't know that it's happening, which leads to a serious lack of community involvement around the issue." The improved infrastructure inspection made possible by the Fathom One would also help reduce the environmentally damaging accidents, he said. David Lang, OpenROV co-founder, emphasized to the judges that insight into the world's oceans was vital—but less than 5 percent of the world's oceans had been explored. "Trident is so much more than an individual robot. Each one is a connected device, part of our larger community of exploration. By coordinating and connecting global citizen scientists, we're able to crowdsource research objectives and pro- vide a distributed platform for discovery. Our companion website, OpenExplorer, gives our users a way to tell their stories and document their expeditions." "People all around the world have questions about what's going on beneath the surface," Lang said, "and finally there's a tool to answer these questions." Starfi sh The original impetus for SheerTech's Starfish drone was far more per- sonal, though it too, was inspired by something that was lost—a child. The child's father, a friend of Starfish chief designer Geoff Sheerin, was powerless to do anything after his boy drowned. "He had to stand and watch divers showing up. He had to stand there for a half hour while divers showed up to try and find his son's body," Sheerin said. "I thought if he had something he could throw in the water, he might have been able to go in and even recover his son." Photos courtesy of OpenROV, Wikimedia by G. Mannaerts, Fathom and SheerTech SERIES 2 ROV KIT/ V2.8 OFFERED BY: OpenROV RUN TIME: 2–3 hours depending on use COST: $899 to $2,219 DEPTH: Up to 100m SIZE: 11.8" x 7.9" x 5.9", 5.7 lbs. SPEED: Maximum 1 m/sec (2 knots) TETHER: 100m standard. 300m available SENSOR: HD camera, can add sensors CONTROLLER: Chrome-based computer control, a gamepad controller can be added MORE: Live HD video. Open source with an active developer community. Comes with auxiliary wires for adding sensors, servos and lights. TRIDENT OFFERED BY: OpenROV RUN TIME: 3 to 4 hours COST: Preorder $1,199 DEPTH: Up to 100m SIZE: 3.4" x 8" x 16.1"; 7.3lbs. SPEED: 2 m/sec (4 knots) TETHER: 100m standard. 300m available SENSOR: HD Camera with low-light capabilities CONTROLLER: Game controller, joystick, keyboard, or touchscreen connected via a Wi-Fi capable buoy. MORE: Comes with a camera optimized for low-light, underwater photography. Brushless motors minimize problems caused by grit. The buoy is powered by the drone so it is not necessary to manage both batteries. Batteries plug into the wall for charging. The Trident can withstand polar temperatures and fi ts through the hole made by a 10" Jiffy drill. G E A R insight into the world's oceans was vital—but less than 5 percent of the world's oceans had been explored. scientists, we're able to crowdsource research objectives and pro- vide a distributed platform for discovery. Our companion website, 3.4" x 8" x 16.1"; 7.3lbs. The OpenROV kit is an open-source robot that invites innovation. This build is by the Explore Foundation.

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