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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AIR NEW APPLICATIONS 38 unmanned systems inside June/July 2017 As the drone industry continues to evolve, researchers and manufacturers are constantly looking for more cost effective, effi cient ways to employ these systems in commercial applications—and that includes employing swarms. Companies like Intel are already using swarms to entertain audiences all over the world, but these systems have the potential to do so much more, from helping to save lives during search and rescue missions to fi ghting fi res. by Renee Knight Photos courtesy of Intel Corporation SWARMING THE SKIES C ountless organizations are turn- ing to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to save effort, money and lives. Agriculture, mining, utility, and energy companies are among the many commercial enterprises integrating drones into their operations, and they are continually looking for ways to get the most out of these new systems and the data they provide. Just imagine how much more UAS teams could achieve if they had the ability to deploy multiple systems at the same time. Drones fly- ing collaborative mapping missions, for exam- ple, could capture the required imagery much faster than a single drone crisscrossing the area on its own. Search and rescue (SAR) workers could use swarms to cover more ground, giving them a better chance of finding victims in time, while firefighters could deploy swarms to help track and extinguish wildfires more quickly. Researchers and manufacturers are looking into the benefits drone swarms may provide and how they can be safely and effectively implemented into commercial applications. Companies like Intel are already using swarms to provide entertainment, with hundreds of the company's Shooting Star drones lighting up the sky during large events like the Super Bowl half time show in February and the Coachella concert in April. Depending on the application, drones that f ly as part of swarms may or may not need to communicate. Intel's drones, for example, have pre-programmed f light paths and safeguards to ensure they don't collide; there's really no need for them to talk to each other at all. Other applications—for example large inspection projects that may require obstacle avoidance DRONES FLY To the Right: An Intel Shooting Star drone fl eet lights up the sky in an American fl ag formation and the Intel logo following the Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl LI Halftime Show on Sunday February 5.

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