Inside Unmanned Systems

JUN-JUL 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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26  June/July 2019 unmanned systems inside Bell's director of business development. Systems battle-proven in difficult environments with harsh climates have yielded knowledge for creating com- mercial solutions. "We're leveraging not only lessons learned but also the technology we've developed over Textron's 30 years of experience in UAS and are reusing what we can in the commercial space," Duncan said. "Everything comes with challenges, but we've been able to work with our sister companies so we don't replicate the errors the rest of the industry went through. We talk to each other about how to improve the customer experience or product de- velopment. We have an open forum to do so. Other companies may not have that luxury." Being frequent lead adopters for new technology gives companies such as AeroVironment the oppor- tunity to improve their capabilities, supply chain and intellectual properties for commercial customers, said Steve Gitlin, the Simi Valley, California com- pany's vice president and chief marketing officer. If a drone can successfully complete its mission dur- ing a military application, it likely will hold up just fine while f lying commercial missions, even under extreme weather conditions. "We understand the capabilities, we understand the logistics required to operate the systems effec- tively and we understand the risk involved," Duggan said. "We understand what the technology's limita- tions are and the integration aspect of how you pull all the pieces together to make a system work and operate effectively, meeting customer needs with a very high probability of success." THE FUTURE As BVLOS flights become more routine and the need for larger UAS with more capabilities grows, Teal's Finnegan sees potential for more defense companies to participate in the commercial market. But the jury Photos courtesy of L3, Bell Helicopter, Insitu, Kongsbert Geospatial and AeroVironment. COMPANY APPLICATIONS (SEED PROJECTS) CAPABILITIES Latitude Engineering (recently acquired by L3 Technologies) •  Railway inspection •  Medical-sample courier •  Early-stage research for power line inspection and atmospheric sampling •  Fixed-wing aircraft converts to vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) •  No need for launch and recovery equipment or a runway •  Endurance Bell Helicopter/ NASA, FAA, others •  Off shore-onshore movement for oil and gas •  Medical transport •  Disaster relief •  Demo to be completed mid-2020 •  Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) vehicles •  Working with Yamato, Japan's largest third-party logistics company Insitu •  Mining and gas •  High Accuracy Photogrammetry (HAP) capability •  ScanEagle provides ruggedness, meets vigorous safety standards •  Post processing eases data collection (not typical with defense clients) •  Wildfi re monitoring, disaster recovery •  ScanEagle fl ew at night during 2017 Eagle Creek fi re in Pacifi c Northwest •  Recent, accurate data to attack fi re next morning •  Interior department contract for wildfi re monitoring •  Defense modeling and training compensates for dust, dirt, infrastructure shortfalls Kongsberg Geospatial/IRIS UxS •  BVLOS air traffi c control operator display •  Last-mile delivery •  Wildfi re monitoring •  Search and rescue •  Inspection •  Ground operators control multiple drones, cutting cost per delivery •  Forthcoming local real-time airspace awareness display for unmanned traffi c management (UTM) Quantix drone/ AeroVironment Decision Support System (AV DSS) •  Precision Agriculture: Can scout 400-acre fi eld in about 45 minutes •  Advanced image processing and data analytics to quantify vegetative plant health •  Open pit mine daily imaging •  Wildfi re damage assessment •  Rapid maps of fl ood damage •  VTOL—Vertical take-off , horizontal fl ight, vertical landing •  Fully automated take-off , fl ight and landing •  Captures high-resolution true color and multispectral DEFENSE-TO-COMMERCIAL Defense companies are capitalizing on their UAVs' endurance, BVLOS ability and other attributes to move into commercial industries (for more applications, see "Market Map" on page 14). Applications L3 Bell Helicopter Insitu Kongsberg Geo. AeroVironment DEFENSE COMMERCIAL NEXUS Trends

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