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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6   August/September 2018 unmanned systems inside Windows Into Opportunity EDITORIAL OPINION Photos courtesy of Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, FlyCam UAV, VTO Labs and Intel. T his special issue is dedicated to new opportu- nities—new applications, new markets, new technology and the prospect for new, industry- enabling regulations. In the U.S. those new regulations are most like- ly to spring from the Integration Pilot Program (IPP), a creative collaboration comprising the fed- eral government, the commercial sector and local communities. The goal is to move the ball forward for all the players but there is one objective that is more important than the rest—getting the safety data needed to write enabling federal regulations for missions involving beyond-line-of-sight f lights and operations over people. We look in-depth at the plans of four of the 10 teams and at a surprise change in the IPP program (page 16). New rules are also on the horizon for the European Union. With the specifics like altitude limits already mapped out, the EU UAS regula- tions are set to be adopted this year. The end goal is harmonized rules for the entire European com- mercial drone market (page 76). New markets are the subject of the General Overview column, which looks at the entry of three large firms into the commercial market for large drones—unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) that could be used to f ly long distances to inspect rail lines or carry cargo more cheaply (page 8). The government market continues to open up and drone and sensor f irms can demonstrate their equipment as a step in being considered for upcoming purchases by components of the Department of Homeland Security (page 82). Those with development-stage ideas can en- ter a government-sponsored competition to find ways to safely deal, w ithout explosives, w ith chemical and biological weapons (page 4). The U.S. and UK have put up nearly $650,000 to fund multiple development projects—and ad- ditional money may be available for successful systems. Unmanned systems prov iders need only have part of the answer, like the ability to deliver a solution, to enter. Handling problems safely is also at the heart of how unmanned systems are now being de- ployed to monitor, track and remediate nuclear accidents. Our coverage (page 46 and 56) looks at these systems, in particular aerial systems that operate underground and robots that can be used to find deposits of waste hidden in pipes of de- commissioned facilities. Finally, we look at two innovative technologies. The first is a new database of "forensic images" created to help law enforcement copy the data drives of drones used in crimes (page 66). The second is a wind-powered UAS design inspired by the wandering albatross and sailboats. This dual-domain craft can use the wind to both f ly and sail, enabling it to potentially travel extraor- dinary distances for regular, wide ranging ocean monitoring (page 70).

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