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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10 unmanned systems inside June/July 2017 I just got back from AUVSI's Xponential show in Dallas and I'm worried America might be losing the commercial drone race. I've been going to Xponential nearly every year since 2008 and the change in vendors has been very interesting. Until 2015, Xponential had a ver y distinct military vibe—especially with UAS (un- manned aircraft systems). The main for- eign contingents were our closest allies— the FIVE EYES crowd (UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand), plus Israel. The shift became evident in Atlanta in 2015 and completely f lipped in 2016 in New Orleans where the militar y presence stepped aside and commercial drones took center stage. I'm not sure whether this was the military market stabilizing or anticipation of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FA A) Part 107 small UAS rules that turned the show commer- cial, but there was a definite switch. International Innovators There was a different vibe in Dallas. Twenty-nine countries had booths. Not just Canada showed up—all her provinces did. The most innovative ideas seemed to come from foreign companies. One Japanese company, Prodrone, developed and debuted three fascinating inventions: a drone with robotic arms that can grab anything and perch anywhere, a bridge inspection drone that f lies under a bridge like an upside-down hovercraft, and—my fav—self-contained drone engine nacelles you clamp to objects to turn them into drones. No kidding, they clamped four to a RULE MAKING: MUCH TOO SLOW LEGAL SYSTEM: A COMPLICATED PATCHWORK SECURITY: OBVIOUS ISSUES MISSED EXPORT MARKET: A LACK OF SUPPORT Photo courtesy of Prodrone Co., Ltd. WHY ARE WE FALLING BEHIND? by JAMES POSS, MAJ GEN (RET) USAF, CEO ISR IDEAS ARE WE LOSING THE DRONE RACE? General Overview by James Poss, Maj Gen (RET) USAF

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