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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36 unmanned systems inside   August/September 2018 AIR IPP TENNESSEE way, it will pause, Brockman said, and contact the communications cen- ter for permission to proceed before crossing. The tower will be able to see the unmanned aircraft in that it will look different from a manned aircraft on its radar. "Our plan, Brockman said, "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 to the com- munication center and starts to fly that fence line. When it sees something that is different from the baseline—the base- line will constantly be updated—it then alarms and sends a signal back with a high-resolution photo of what the prob- lem is. Once released by the com center it continues f lying and dispatch either sends somebody or logs in and says there's not a breakdown (in the fence)." Deterioration of a runway's surface can cause problems and items on the run- way, like a bolt dropped from a mainte- nance vehicle, can be dangerous if they get sucked into the engines of a plane. UAS will be able to see more than their human counterparts, Brockman said. "A drone-f lying a foot off the pavement taking high-resolution im- ages and comparing it to a base(line)— will pick up the slightest imperfection there is. It will also record changes in topography, additional cracks. I just became better at maintaining my run- way. I just became safer by identifying even the smallest particles of FOD (for- eign object debris)." Drones will only inspect the runways when there is sufficient time between f lights. Exactly what that means, how- ever, has to be determined. Intel, one of the IPP team's mem- bers, plans to use its Falcon 8+ for runway inspection—but the runway is two miles long and it's not clear how many passes will be needed, said Karim Tadros, the firm's director of business development and product management. "So you'll send the drone down and back, Tadros said, that's a four-mile path for a drone. And depending on what speed you have to travel, so that you ensure adequate resolution, may- be we have to look at our fixed wing drone, the Intel Sirius Pro." AIR TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT AiRXOS, a venture of GE, will be the UAS Service Supplier (USS) for the IPP team. USS providers are part of the overall UAS traffic management (UTM) system being developed by NASA. They will manage local drone operations and keep UAS from inter- So you'll send the drone down and back, that's a four-mile path for a drone. And depending on what speed you have to travel, so that you ensure adequate resolution, maybe we have to look at our fixed wing drone." Karim Tadros, director business development and product management, Intel " Photo courtesy of Intel. Intel's Falcon 8+ drone has the ability to stay a preset distance from the object being inspected. RUNWAY INSPECTION The Tennessee team is the only one based at an airport. The capability to integrate into the airport's control systems is essential for both the fence- checking use case and for a related task—inspecting the runways and taxiways damage and debris.

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