Inside Unmanned Systems

JUN-JUL 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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23 June/July 2017 unmanned systems inside people out of the vehicle, it becomes about reallocation of labor to make better use of the workers on the farm. Rather than a guy running a tractor the whole time, he could be off fixing some- thing or doing something else that adds value to the farm." Other Applications While mining, security and agriculture seem to get the most at- tention, there are other areas that can benefit from implement- ing UGVs. The team at ARGO, for example, recently worked with a customer who needed to install solar panels on a field about the size of a golf course. To do that, they had to put screws in the ground to mount each panel. Typically, this task is done manually, which means someone surveys the area with a GPS locator. With that method, about 200 holes can be completed in a day. When they deployed a UGV, that number rose to 1,000. ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. " AUTONOMY ALLOWS MINERS TO GET MORE DONE WITH FEWER MACHINES, CONSUMING FEWER RESOURCES THROUGH THEIR CRADLE TO GRAVE LIFE CYCLE." Jim Hawkins, director of the Machine Design Center, Caterpillar ARGO's J5 platform features a drill system with RTK GPS, so it was able to map out several thousand holes and then au- tonomously drill them as it moved along its pre-determined path. The UGV was supervised to make sure it could safely tra- verse the terrain and that it didn't drill into hard rock surfaces. Forestell of Dozr also sees UGVs changing the way snow removal is handled. There are companies working on deploy- ing UGVs for precision planting, he said, which means the tractors will be able to map out the parameters of a field to avoid obstacles as they plant. That type of technology would also play well in the snow removal industry. "One of the biggest problems in the snow removal industry is human error," Forestell said. "And it's difficult to get people to do the job because of the long hours and because they have to be on call. It's also fairly dangerous, and the technology that's becoming available in these tractors would be a perfect application. The snow plow attachment would just go on the tractor. The job would become much safer and faster." Jeremy Bos, assistant professor at Michigan Technical University, uses the Clearpath Jackal and Husky UGVs as teaching tools. He sees UGVs being deployed to monitor • ITAR free • Small size, low weight, power and cost • Insensitive to magnetic fi elds • Low gyro bias instability (0.3°/h) • Low gyro noise (0.15°/√h) • Low startup time (0.7 s) • Excellent performance under vibration and shock • Fully calibrated and customer confi gur able to the specifi c application • Weight 55 grams, volume <, power 1.5 W STIM210 is fi eld proven in Missile systems, Target acquisition systems, Airborne surveillance, DIRCM, Remote Weapon Systems, Launch vehicles, Military Land navigators and Satellites. STIM210 is a small, lightweight Three Axis Gyro Module for accurate pointing and stabilization, fl ight control and guidance applications. • When size, performance and robustness matter 1:1 scale TACTICAL GRADE GYRO

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