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. 47 December 2018/January 2019  unmanned systems inside more likely to be a prosumer system that can be used for tasks such as roof inspec- tions according to Teal. The construction and energy markets , however, have as- pects—like a need for safety, automated operations and easier integration of data into existing operations—that suggest a greater desire for higher-end UAS. "A couple of things can make the dif- ference in choosing more capable hard- ware," Finnegan told Inside Unmanned Systems. "First , let's say you're dealing in an oil or gas situation. You're very concerned about safety. You want to make sure that there're no dangers and so you want the most reliable possible system ". For a lot of the higher value systems, he said, there also may just be a desire for ease of use, for data interpretation or for superior integration into existing workf lows that you don't necessarily find with a prosumer system. HALE THE FUTURE One of the newer areas of prom- ise for commercial UAS is the com- munications enabled by low-cost, Hig h A lt it ude L ong E ndu ra nc e (HALE) aircraft. BAE Systems and AeroVironment are working on such systems and Airbus is already improv- ing on its existing Zephyr system. "Airbus is clearly in the lead and is willing to invest in the concept," ac- cording to Teal. "Airbus management believes that it can bring the market to fruition by showing a willingness to develop the system and even operate a f leet of the aircraft. That will bring down the price enough to make them feasible to operate." Airbus is hoping to sell its system to end users like Google and Facebook who have already expressed an interest in using HALE UAS to provide internet services to areas without such connec- tivity. Teal forecasts an initial market of U.S. $25 million for HALE in 2020 will grow t o U.S. $1 billion by 2027. "Low-cost HALE is going to be very important—the solar powered sys- tems—because those have the poten- tial to change the economics for not just things like low cost internet to remote areas but also things like homeland se- curity surveillance," said Finnegan." January 28-29, 2019 Hyatt Regency • Reston, Virginia The conference will discuss the opportunities and challenges (technical, commercial, ethical, and legal) associated with developing fully autonomous systems that are cognizant and trustworthy for safety critical applications. Technical Program Organizers: • General Chair: Prof. Zak Kassas, University of California, Irvine • Program Chair: Dr. Robert Leishman, Air Force Institute of Technology ION's Cognizant Autonomous Systems FOR Safety Critical Applications (CASSCA) Conference

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