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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Page 64 of 83 800-628-0885 +1-703-256-8900 Woman-Owned Small Business 65 August/September 2018 unmanned systems inside ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. made it virtually impossible to design a plan to get rid of this nuclear waste. Humans naturally could not enter these lethally radioactive reactors, so efforts to look for this missing fuel relied on robots. However, for years, robots had failed in this mission— blocked by debris or disabled by radia- tion that ruined their electronics. In 2017, researchers f inally dis- covered the fuel using a submers- i ble r ob o t c r e a t e d by To s h i b a Corporation and Japan's International R e se a rc h In s t it ut e for Nuc le a r Decommissioning. Named the Mini- Manbo, or "little sunfish," the under- water remotely operated vehicle (ROV) was roughly 13 centimeters wide, 30 centimeters long and 2 kilograms in weight, with electronics hardened against up to 200 sieverts of radiation. (A dose of one sievert is enough to cause radiation sickness in a human.) The robot used five tiny propellers to hover and glide through the water pumped into the Fukushima's Unit 3 reactor building to cool it down after the disaster. The ROV was just small enough to fit through the roughly 5.5- inch hole leading into the unit's pri- mary containment vessel. Equipped with front- and rear-fac- ing cameras and LED lights, the robot delivered a video feed to its operators. Powered and remotely controlled via wire, it took three days for the robot's operators to navigate it through the Unit 3 reactor building to the reactor itself. There, it transmitted video of a hole at the bottom of the reactor, and the melted uranium fuel on the f loor beneath it. The researchers later had similar successes at Fukushima's other two ruined reactors. Japan is now "developing systems like RadPiper to enter internal spac- es like piping," Rimando said. "Our work with RadPiper could help sup- port later decontamination efforts at Fukushima." RADPIPER " Y S E ANYWHERE FROM $10 MILLION TO $50 MILLION PER FACILITY." Rodrigo Rimando, director of technology development, U.S. Department of Energy, Offi ce of Environmental Management Precise positioning & navigation for unmanned systems Hemisphere GNSS Eclipse ™ 300 Series with ATLAS ™ Correction VectorNav VN-300 MEMS Inertial Navigation OxTS xNAV550 and xOEM INS NovAtel 700 Series OEM Receivers Tactical grade IMU – 0.05° roll/pitch Dual GNSS receivers, dual antennas 2 cm real-time position accuracy No magnetometers Post-processing software included No ITAR restrictions Advanced interference detection and mitigation L-band functionality SPAN® GNSS+INS functionality Multi-constellation, multi-frequency TerraStar™ ready No ITAR restrictions Low power, high precision Multi-frequency, multi-GNSS Small form factor L-band (and QZSS ready) Scalable Eclipse ™ RTK DGPS and SBAS with COAST™ No ITAR restrictions Coupled position, velocity & attitude estimates 2 GPS receivers, 2 antennas Miniature, lightweight Output rates up to 400 Hz Dynamic accuracy: 0.3° heading, 0.1° pitch & roll No ITAR restrictions WE CARRY THEM ALL ! Delivering unmanned and autonomous solutions for over a decade WE CARRY THEM ALL ! Delivering unmanned and autonomous solutions for over a decade 800-628-0885 +1-703-256-8900 Woman-Owned Small Business

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