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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55 unmanned systems inside June/July 2017 ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. forming after multiple charge-discharge cycles and detect if one cell in a battery is beginning to fail so you can proactively deal with that before the drone crashes," Carlson said. "If you have 50 drones positioned along pipelines or railroad tracks, they're all going to have batteries going bad at dif- ferent times, and you may need to change them every couple of months. You can go to each individual site to check on the bat- teries in a highly inefficient manner, or you can much more consistently control how your entire f leet performs." As f leets of drones get deployed more often, "battery management is going to be- come a big issue," Carlson said. "Batteries are a huge cost center for customers. On Amazon, a six-pack of batteries for a DJI Matrice 600 drone costs about $700 to $800. If you're monitoring and managing dozens and dozens of batteries across an entire f leet of drones, if you don't optimize battery performance, it can really add up, depending on how often they f ly." In April, WiBotic announced it raised $2.5 million in new funding, which the company plans to use to boost their systems' power levels and battery intelligence features, and to increase sales and marketing activities, Carlson said. In addition, WiBotic recently moved into a new state-of-the-art engineer- ing facility in the University of Washington's CoMotion Labs incubator program head- quarters "which gives us a lot more testing capabilities," Carlson said. In May, WiBotic demonstrated a num- ber of prototypes for new products at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Xponential trade- show in Dallas. These included software in- tegration with the open-platform Pixhawk flight controller to help display the data their system collects "so mission planners can study what's going on with their batteries and optimize battery use," Carlson said. Zinc-Nickel Improving the batteries themselves is one way to ex- tend the mission time of unmanned vehicles. Now scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., and their colleagues developed breakthrough rechargeable zinc-based batteries PNT ResilieNce GPS Vulnerability Testing The threats are real. And increasing every day. if you are responsible for mission-critical PNT applications, let us help you evaluate your risk to jamming, spoofing, or any other threat. Our GPs/GNss simulation platform is the best way to harden GPs-based systems. Put us to the test. + 1 585.321.5800

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