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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8   August/September 2018 unmanned systems inside J uly is always a big month in avia- tion because the Paris Air Show and Farnborough alternate each year in July. It was Farnborough's turn this year. Normally, the big news from the show is something to do with manned aircraft—a huge airliner sale, a new fighter design or a breakthrough in avionics. There was a lot of competition for top news at Farnborough this year—the Brits announced a new stealth fighter design (The "Tempest"), Richard Branson announced he'll take his kids on his first space tourist f light and Boeing announced more than $100 billion in aircraft orders. "THE BIGS" STEP UP However, I think the biggest news this year is that "The Bigs" f inally stepped into the commercial market for large unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in a big way. General Atomics f lew its "civil certifiable" MQ-9B SkyGuardian across the Atlantic from Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota to Royal Air Force Fairford in the UK in a 24-hour mis- sion and was the f irst UAS to operate in British airspace controlled via satel- lite communications. It landed with 16 hours of fuel remaining. Elbit Systems announced its civil certifiable Hermes 900 StarLiner that is fully compliant with NATO's Standardization Agreement (STANAG) 4671, qualifying it to be safely integrated into civilian airspace. The big- gest of The Bigs, Boeing/Insitu, got ahead of GA and Elbit at AUVSI's Xponential in May by announcing their ScanEagle3 civil certifiable UAS. What prompted this madness? What on earth does "civil certifiable" mean? Who comes up with these names??? by JAMES POSS, MAJ GEN (RET) USAF, CEO ISR IDEAS …AND–THEY'RE OFF! THE BIGS Photo courtesy of Insitu. INSITU (BOEING) ScanEagle 3 ELBIT Hermes 900 StarLiner GENERAL ATOMICS MQ-9B SkyGuardian The new ScanEagle3 takes off during a test. General Overview by James Poss, Maj Gen (RET) USAF

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