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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34 unmanned systems inside August/September 2018 AIR IPP TENNESSEE A dvances in technolog y, even those with world- changing potential, often take root first as a way to do chores—like the essential but time consuming job of checking fences. In the case of Tennessee's Memphis International Airport, that's a big job. The airport covers some 5,000 acres— almost all of which is circled by a 10- foot high, razor wire-topped security barrier. The Integration Pilot Program (IPP) team led by the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, will focus much of its initial efforts on working out how to use drones to check that fence as well as miles of runways and taxiways. "We have intrusion detection sys- tems built into our perimeter now, said Scott Brockman, the Authority's presi- dent and CEO, "but we also, under our federal aviation regulations, our part 139 certification, we have to physically have somebody visually inspect those Photos courtesy of Intel and the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority. (fences) X number times a day. That takes a vehicle. It takes an individual. It takes a lot of time to drive that line." CHECKING THE FENCE To handle the repetitive process more efficiently, Brockman's team is work- ing to develop the safety case for au- tomated, drone-based security fence monitoring. This includes protocols and processes for beyond-visual-line- of-sight operations plus, potentially, operations over people and f lights during the day or at night. That night- time element is important because Memphis is a global hub for FedEx and the world's busiest airport between 10 pm and 5:00 am. The goal is to have an unmanned aircraf t system (UA S)—preloaded with a baseline of what it expects to see and topographical details like ground elevations—circle the perim- eter on a preset schedule. When the drone comes within 20 feet of a run- by Dee Ann Divis Tennessee's IPP team will hammer out the details of using drones for facility and plane inspection including how to safely operate unmanned aircraft on the grounds of one of the world's busiest airports. Close Up: DRONE INSPECTION FROM FENCES TO TAIL FINS Our plan is to work on a system—hardware and software, docking stations charging stations—where that drone automatically— when its time comes—lifts off , logs in and starts sending out signals." Scott Brockman, president and CEO, Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority 80-100 /day 150-160 /night The number of FedEx fl ights every day at Tennessee's Memphis International Airport " FedEx, which has a global hub at Memphis International Airport, will test using drones to inspect its planes and track equipment on its ramps. P P IP Integration Pilot Program Team Follow-Ups

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