Inside Unmanned Systems

AUG-SEP 2018

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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13 August/September 2018 unmanned systems inside 20Si 200Sr The smallest, lightest Mode S Transponders ALL-IN-ONE DESIGN INTEGRATED SBAS GPS/BARO COMPLETE RADAR AND ADS-B VISIBILITY EASY PLUG & PLAY INSTALL 76 grams 250W Transmit 200+ mile range 25 grams 20W Transmit 40 mile range RADAR CONTACT ESTABLISHED tough sell to the Army and Marines. They never really trusted aircraft or pilots that weren't based right next to their ground troops. This approach might work best, especially in the early days of BLOS while customers are still learning how to best employ high altitude large drones. THE BIGS' MARKET But what can drones do from controlled airspace? Although the UAS in Controlled Airspace ARC hasn't reported out yet, it will probably recommend that drones launch and then spiral up from the surface into Class A airspace using either onboard sense and avoid equipment like General Atomics' Due Regard Radar or ground based sense and avoid radars like SRC's LSTAR. Once they reach Class A airspace at 10,000 feet, the drones would f ly under instrument f light rules using navigation devices for manned aircraft like ADS-B to maintain safe separation. Class A air- space may sound like it's too high to col- lect the kind of high-resolution imagery available to small drones f lying under Part 107 rules at below 400 feet, but op- tics can easily compensate for longer dis- tances. Indeed, most military drone sen- sors are designed to operate above 10,000 feet to keep the drone out of ground fire range. Although delivering packages door to door from 10,000 feet will never be vi- able, delivering both short and long-range cargo will eventually be much cheaper us- ing large drones versus manned aircraft. Organ, vaccine and blood transport are other missions that large drones which spiral up and down into Class A airspace can accomplish. I'm probably missing dozens of new missions from my list, but that's not the impor tant development hereā€”the im- portant thing is that large, experienced aerospace companies have decided it's safe to make commercial drones because they are confident we are on the verge of enabling rules from the FA A and other world aviation authorities. The Bigs may not always move fast, but they do move carefully. And these careful companies now think it's time to move fast!

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