Inside Unmanned Systems

OCT-NOV 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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32  October/November 2018 unmanned systems inside WEBINAR RECAP » DUAL CHANNEL RTK » DUAL CHANNEL RTK FOR UAS: STATE OF THE ART & SCIENCE IN CAPABILITIES AND BENEFITS B ecause of this, the improved accuracies offered through dual channel RTK are beginning to have a greater impact on the industry and users in a variety of industries need to be aware of the benefits. That's why this recent webinar— sponsored by Trimble, Inside Unmanned Systems and Inside GNSS—took a deep dive into how best to take advantage of the latest in the art and science of Dual Channel RTK tech- nology and how to best integrate guidance navigation and control systems for a wide variety of UAS platforms. THE THOUGHT LEADERS Following an introduction from Joe Carey, Director, Strategic Initiatives, Trimble Integrated Technology, on the benefit of precision GNSS in the context of unmanned systems, the expert panelists took over the webinar and virtual workshop, which took place on September 11 and is now available on-demand. James Poss, Maj Gen (Ret.) USAF, the CEO of ISR Ideas and the founder and former Executive Director of the A lliance for System Safet y of UA S through Re sea rch E xc el lenc e (A S SU R E), ser ved a s mod- erator for the webinar, which included Stuart Riley, Director of Engineering, Trimble; Howard W. Loewen, the ow ner, founder and Chief Executive Of f icer of MicroPilot Inc.; and Jay Tilley, President and CTO of Visual Intelligence. Before the webinar, registered attendees shared a vari- ety of topics when asked what they were hoping to learn, including: how to improve positioning, UAS certification requirements, prospects of post-processed versus real- time multi-frequency RTK, the integration of 3-D imag- ing with RTK to support precision landing, acquisition times and precision, autopilot f light planning and 3-D imaging/mapping, enhanced by dual channel RTK, GNSS enhancements for demanding UAS applications (e.g. de- livery in urban environments), high precision imagery and LiDAR-enabled UAS for GIS analysis, and details on an- tenna systems, ground control, applications such as sur- veying and aerial mapping, and potential applications of dual channel RTK in topography and agriculture. The higher accuracy available today is enabling more and more applications to take advantage of what unmanned aerial systems (UAS) can accomplish, and the technology is going to continue to push the value of what UAS systems can achieve. sponsored by TRIMBLE

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