Inside Unmanned Systems

DEC 2018 - JAN 2019

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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16  December 2018/January 2019 unmanned systems inside USER SHOWCASE Photos courtesy of Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) and Microdrones. L eaders at Mohawk Valley Communit y College (MVCC) are always looking for ways to keep the New York based engineering school on the leading edge, and to put their students in a position to land quality jobs after graduation. That's why they decided to add a two-year Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Program to their curriculum in 2015. Professor Bill Judycki, an elec- trical engineer and a licensed pi- lot, was tasked with developing and leading the program, which he said is one of only four in the countr y that allows students to design, build, test, program, f ly and apply RPAS technology. Students have access to a fabri- cation lab modeled after MIT's, a top-notch f light simulator room, GIS classes, and a variety of lo- cal companies and organizations that are working toward moving RPAS technology forward. Giving students the opportunity to f ly a drone in the field is one of the most important elements of the pro- gram, and for it to be successful, Judycki knew he needed to invest in a modular, reliable system that's easy for new operators to use. It didn't take long for him to select the Microdrones md-4 1000 as the program's solution. Not only is the company's U.S. office only 15 minutes from campus, the system comes with all the features Judycki wanted for his students, including easily swappable pay- loads, durability, long f light times and high accuracy. "Field work is extremely im- portant," Judycki said, "and I can't think of a better aircraft for my students to f ly than the md-4 1000." Why Microdrones W hen look ing for a d rone, Judycki wanted a solution the students could use for a variety of missions including mapping, surveillance and crop monitor- ing. He knew buying one system for every application would be too cumbersome, as well as lead to maintenance and integration headaches. "I have one platform that can perform multiple appli- cations, and with the modular approach I can snap out FIELD TESTED, FIELD PROVEN. A demonstration of the Microdrones md-4 1000 for new students (left) and Professor Bill Judycki working with the local sheriff's department (right). Students enrolled in Mohawk Valley Community College's two-year Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Program have the opportunity to fl y the Microdrones md-4 1000 as part of their studies, giving them valuable experience in the fi eld. by Renee Knight Learning to fly

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