Inside Unmanned Systems

OCT-NOV 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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49 unmanned systems inside October/November 2017 ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. head 10 hours a day and a helicopter f lying 10 hours a day. If we can do that with a drone or drones to localize and tell the helicopter here's where they are, it could increase safety and ef- ficiency and probably reduce our costs." Storm Prediction Adam Houston, associate professor of at- mospher ic science at the Universit y of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been working with Frew and his team for more than 10 years. He's interested in using drones and drone swarms to observe the atmosphere and ul- timately improve severe weather forecast- ing. Through a National Robotics Initiative project that Frew leads, the universities are investigating how drones can enhance atmo- spheric modeling. One of the goals is to de- termine the best location to f ly UAS, either in or near the supercell thunderstorms that have the potential to produce tornados, to collect the data necessary to improve these models and ultimately forecasting. Studying the environment in and around tornados w ith a f lock of drones w ill help forecasters understand spatially what is happening, Frew said, giving them multiple measurements at the same time at different locations. "The more aircraft you have the more data you can get and the more area you can cover— and therefore the more likely you are to im- prove predictions of these storms," Houston said. "Flying a bunch of aircraft is one thing, but f lying in a coordinated way is essential. You need to be able to f ly a footprint in the path of the storm or in the storm that most optimally covers the region that needs to be FOR MORE on how drones are used in search and rescue efforts, read Drones and First Responders: Help from Above at RELATED STORIES ONLINE Visit us - Booth #527 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 Systems » Accurate heading even under low dynamics » Post-processing

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