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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6 unmanned systems inside February/March 2017 EDITORIAL OPINION Photos courtesy of (Top to Bottom) Aibotix, Fathom and Bjšrn S. E very organization needs good information—especially when in the midst of change. And change is roiling the unmanned industry as sure-bet markets falter, unexpected applications surge, firms join forces, technology changes, regulations take form, standards are drafted and the drama in Washington sows confusion. To help readers stay on top of what's happening in the industry, Inside Unmanned Systems is expanding both its print and digital coverage. This issue features the first Washington View, a new column on unmanned policy and politics by award winning correspondent Dee Ann Divis. These reports are in ad- dition to the insights provided by Mjr. Gen. James Poss (ret.), who draws on his decades of experience in both the military and civil drone sectors to write the General Overview column. In this issue, starting on page 24, Poss looks at what can be done to prevent adversaries from hacking, spoofing or otherwise using the American drone industry to spy on U.S. infrastructure. Beginning on page 36, Divis details a crucial political link with the nation's mayors that could help the new federal Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation succeed in its distinctly broad policy mandate. IUS continues its coverage of new drone applications with a story on page 8 about using drones to count sunf lowers as a metric to assess new seed varieties. We also describe how advances in image processing have been used to build a library of models, pictures and data so detailed it can be the foundation of restoration efforts should heritage sites like castles be damaged (page 16). We report in depth on the experience being gained by people using drones for search and rescue (page 28) and look at the growing use of drones to provide around-the-clock security (page 40). Renee Knight ex- plains, starting on page 56, the research underway at Virginia Tech into the kind of damage that can be caused by unmanned aircraft and how to lower the risk of injury. The story on page 44 describes a new class of economical and very capable ROVs (remotely operated vehicles—that is underwater drones) that promise to open the world's oceans and waterways to citizen scientists and explorers. This issue wraps up, as always, with an interview with one of the indus- try's top experts. In this installment of Five Good Questions (FGQ) Ken Alexander, Vice President of Research and Advanced Engineering at Ford Motor Company, talks about new services for drivers powered by connectiv- ity and the role he sees artificial intelligence playing in automation. Expanded Digital Coverage In addition to expanding its magazine coverage, Inside Unmanned Systems is expanding its e-newsletter to a biweekly schedule, giving you twice as much industry news. You can get a free subscription to the newsletter at You can also see all our back print issues at for an Era of Change More Information

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