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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ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. 49 October/November 2018  unmanned systems inside Nutzati said. "Moreover, the sensors are more sensitive and can be small- er when they are f lown closer to the ground, and our airships can get close to the ground." (The airships can f ly at altitudes of 400 to 800 feet, depending on atmospheric conditions.) The company also offers its airships for security applications. "China has its One Belt One Road program, where it will connect itself with Western Europe by rail for the first time in history, and also by sea with the eastern coast of central Africa," Nutzati said. "This is a massive infrastructural undertaking through a lot of unstable regions, where the potential for vandalism or sabotage is high. We could imagine airships pa- trolling and inspecting from China to Western Europe. We're talking about a market in the trillions." The airships can be configured for stealth, "such that they are not visible from the ground at night, and we have designed propellers that can be very quiet so that cannot be heard from the ground," Nutzati said. "There are also operational methodologies we can use to make sure we approach a scene without being detected. Mothership can also make its airships far more visible and audible. "When we went to the Philippines to find out how we could help out after typhoons, I pro- posed an airship with a megaphone and an LED display on its sides," Nutzati said. "You could fly it to a village, make noise on the megaphone, have it say, 'Hello people—if you are alive, come out of your homes,' and the camera could see if anyone is there. You could then display instructions on the LED screen, such as tuning in to a radio frequency for communications, and then drop packages from the airship such as small amounts of food, water, medicine and walkie-talkies." Nutzati cautioned that the airships "are not as quick to deploy as a DJI Phantom or other quadcopters. It re- quires a larger, more clear landing and takeoff pad than a drone would due to its size, and a substantial supply of helium." THE FUTURE OF MOTHERSHIP A f ter an initia l $25,000 invest- ment from Boost VC in San Mateo, PRECISE, RELIABLE WITH AN ATTITUDE septentrio.com/asterx-i The AsteRx-i family Best-in-class IMU enhanced GNSS

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