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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ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. 25 December 2018/January 2019  unmanned systems inside The NCDOT is looking to get the public more involved in projects. FAST FACT North Carolina customers getting food delivery by drone will use a unique code sent to their mobile phone to access their meal. are the faster turn-around times. "We're looking at signif icant im- provements in lab turn-around time, which will help clinically," Ginn said. "While it can take several hours for samples to get to the lab using the cur- rent methods, drones can transport samples in just minutes." FIRST FLIGHTS The first drone delivery test f lights at WakeMed were conducted in late August, over people and within visual line of sight. Simulated medical pack- ages were transported from Raleigh Medical Park, located across from the WakeMed Raleigh Campus, to the main tower at the hospital. The three- minute f light over a busy road suc- cessfully demonstrated the efficien- cies of drone delivery. The safety case for f lying over people had to prove the reliability of the aircraft and that the chance of failure was low, Yap said. The f light pattern minimized the time spent over people to approximately 20-30 seconds. Take-off and land- ing areas were secure. In the event of a failure, a parachute would be de- North Carolina's IPP has been expanded to include using drones for infrastructure inspections.

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