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. 65 October/November 2018  unmanned systems inside could be applied in real-world situa- tions. It was certainly well-received. We heard a lot of them say 'wow, I didn't even know you could do this with a UAV.'" NOT JUST RADIATION DETECTION Both FlyCam UAV systems can carry a variety of sensors, making them well suited for many different applications, not just radiation detection. About a year-and-a-half ago, for example, the New York State Police contacted Donaldson because they needed a system with a heavier lift capabil- ity—making the Zoe, which can hold a 14.3 pound payload, an optimal so- lution. Donaldson and Barnett deliv- ered the system and provided train- ing for 10 pilots in September, just a few weeks after the Urban Shield demonstrations. The police department was already deploying smaller drone platforms when they reached out to FlyCam UAV, Donaldson said, but wanted a drone that could lift and drop various pay- loads. With FlyCam UAV's drop system, officers can use the Zoe to get medical supplies, blankets or water to victims, ammunition to SWAT team members and cell phones to barricaded suspects, among other things. The drop system is made out of carbon fiber and has three stations, giving it the ability to deliver three individual packages all at once or separately. The drop system can be used on both the Zoe and the Noe. "The Zoe is popular because it can lif t almost tw ice its ow n weight," Donaldson said. "It's portable and scalable, so it's easy for police officers and firefighters to transport. And its all-weather and high wind capability means it's never grounded." THE COMPANY FlyCam UAV doesn't provide solutions that are one-size fits all, Donaldson said. Like with Goldstein who was looking for a way to f ly radar detec- tion devices to reduce risk for humans as well as to save time, and the New York State Police who needed a heavy lift system with drop capability, the company works with clients to come up with solutions that fit their needs. "We don't just give you a box to as- semble. We pick the best parts and components to develop a solution," Barnett said. "We under promise and over deliver on all custom builds. In the end, we want what we sell our custom- ers to do the job they need it to do. The models are scalable and will be around for a while with continuous upgrades. Customers won't be left in the lurch with outdated gear. It will always be supported." In the August/September issue of Inside Unmanned Systems, the manufacturer of the Neo octocopter distributed by FlyCam UAV was incorrectly identifi ed. The drone is manufactured by Acecore Technologies, which is located in the Netherlands. MORE ON DRONERAD DroneRad is an aerial radiation and chemical detection sensor system that can be mounted on the Zoe and the Neo, both manufactured by Acecore Technologies in the Netherlands. US Nuclear Corp provides the sensors, which are used for detecting airborne radiation as well as to locate the radioactive materials Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Neutron. DroneRad also can collect fi lter samples for chlorine, biological particulates, and aerosols such as anthrax and nerve gas. It can be used to collect this information in a variety of areas, including on the ground, in buildings and in vehicles. FOR MORE ON HOW drones are used to determine the location of radiation so humans don't have to, read "Drones Detect Radiation" at RELATED STORIES ONLINE

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