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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17 December 2018/January 2019  unmanned systems inside "I'm seeing an awful lot of interest," he said. "There's outreach to be an explosion. If it doesn't happen this year it will be next year. The applications are unlimited and there's quite a bit of excitement about the technology." MVCC is even working with the nearby Syracuse City School District through the Syracuse Pathways to Technology (P-TECH) program, which Judycki describes as a "direct pipeline" to MVCC's RPAS program that gives students a head start on their degree. As MVCC's program expands and the technology be- hind drones evolves, the team will continually make up- dates to the curriculum to ensure students receive the best education and hands-on training possible. They'll infuse as much new technology into the program as they can, Judycki said, and will continue to keep up with the latest advancements in this growing new job market. "It's a great emerging technology, and I tell everybody one of these days we're going to be f lying these things back and forth to work," he said. "They certainly make life very easy and they're a hot topic with pretty much everybody we talk to. We try to stay on the leading edge, and that's what led us to Microdrones. We have yet to find anything that comes close to the quality, durability and of course the performance of what we have with the md-4 1000." one payload, snap in another and we're off to another application," he said. "That's the best part about it. It's easy to program and easy to f ly. The learning curve is very short with this copter." Different sensors can be swapped in and out of the system in less than f ive minutes, Judycki said. The f irst package the students use allows them to create accurate high-resolution maps, and the second incor- porates LiDAR for accurate 3-D mapping. Students have created "some really high-tech maps" for local colleges and a variety of agencies, Judycki said, in- cluding f ire depar tments, police depar tments and Homeland Security. "We can shoot the high-res map with the first package then switch to LiDAR to create a 3-D point cloud," he said. "We can then take the first map and throw it over the point cloud to get a nice 3-D model." MVCC is located in a rural area, which means there are plenty of ranches and farms for the drone to f ly over, Judycki said. The third package, which features a MicaSense multispectral camera, can provide local farm- ers with valuable information about crop health. The fi- nal package is used for surveillance and inspection, and comes with a thermal camera that features high-power zoom capabilities. Not only does Microdrones make it easy to change out payloads on the md-4 1000, the company also offers a level of support Judycki hasn't found anywhere else. "Our team is absolutely positively ecstatic about the great support Microdrones offers," he said. "I've bought a lot of different aircraft from different vendors and most of the time they sell you stuff then say 'bye, don't bother me.' Microdrones has gone way above and beyond with their support and are great to deal with. They're always just a phone call away. They also provide excellent training." The Future The school's RPAS program is in its third year and al- ready has one class of graduates. That class consisted of about 15 students, but that is a number Judycki expects to grow as deploying drones for commercial applications becomes more and more popular, opening up a variety of job opportunities. md-4 1000 features •  Up to 45 minutes of flight time, depending on conditions and payload •  The durability to withstand harsh environments, including strong winds, magnetic fields, high temperatures, voltage and humidity •  The ability to carry a payload of up to 2.7 lbs. •  The ability to carry a variety of sensors that can be quickly and easily swapped out when it's time to switch applications The system is also available with direct georeferencing (DG), a technology that provides cost savings and enables access when images must be georeferenced in challenging locations.

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