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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ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. 49 unmanned systems inside June/July 2017 intelligence that go well beyond what a single computer can do. But because they're simple, they'll have limited computing capabilities as individuals. There will be no algorithms to enable them to make split second decisions when they need to avoid an obstacle or have other problems they need to solve. That's why communication becomes important when per- forming inspection missions or other activities that might involve obstacles or changes to the f light plan. When these drones are f lying 50 miles off shore by themselves—to complete an oil rig inspection, for example—they won't be on a high bandwidth connection or have the abil- ity to access a Wi-Fi network, Chowdhury said. They'll only send a few kilobytes of data to each other at a time—so that data must be compact and relevant. A team at MIT developed a decentralized control algorithm for drone swarms last year. 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! "They need to be able to share small bits of optimized information to communicate. They can't send images or video," he said. "They're on an ad-hoc network built amongst them- selves and they're f lying several hundred me- ters away from each other. We have to make sure they're communicating small bits of

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