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. 51 unmanned systems inside June/July 2017 local sporting events. Companies could use the shows to brand the night sky with their logo, or as a digital billboard to advertise their products. "I see a lot of potential with drone f leets," she said. "We can see the drone light shows going from 300 to 500 to even 1,000 or more. We see a future where we can f ly in different en- vironments, not just in an outside stadium but maybe even inside." Cheung also expects entertainment drones to become more durable in the future, have the ability to f ly for longer periods of time and to wow audiences with even more entertain- ing shows. And then there are the slightly more com- plex applications that require some type of communication among the drones, such as oil spill monitoring, infrastructure inspection and crop assessment. Swarms have their place in these industries as well, and Smith said companies could begin adopting them over the next few years. Of course, for swarms to become mainstream, they need to be easy to implement and use, and he expects these ini- tial solutions to come from one or more of the major players in the industry. "There's a spectrum of possibilities. The idea of robots cooperating with each other seems to be very compelling," Singh said. "What you get, ideally, are simpler systems that are able to team with each other. People are always teaming together. We're not in- dividual agents. We're always helping each other or have networks or hierarchies. If you have a team of robots that can talk and plan together, it will make them more efficient do- ing what they're already doing." "A SWARM OF DRONES can accomplish tasks together that would normally not be possible for a single drone. It really opens up so many possibilities on how these robots can improve the quality of our lives." Ian Smith, creator and host of the podcast Commercial Drones FM 0.1° Roll & Pitch 0.2° Heading 2 cm RTK » Immune to magnetic disturbances » L1/L2 GNSS receiver Ellipse-D Dual GNSS/INS Inertial Navigation System » Accurate heading even under low dynamics » Post-processing

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