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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27 June/July 2019  unmanned systems inside is still out on how economical their products will be compared to non-defense companies. "Prices are continuing to come down and are under pressure," he said. "It's a very dy- namic market, but at the same time these companies are coming out with new prod- ucts as well." Companies that view themselves as technol- ogy providers with solutions for civil, defense and commercial customers will continue to innovate. "We are strongly invested in the defense market and that is driving capability development that will translate directly to the commercial market," Altavian's Perry said, "whether a farmer is making better decisions because he has better data or infrastructure is better managed with timely geospatial data." One indicator of future commercial use is Bell Helicopter's Nexus, an electric hybrid air taxi concept. Bell has partnered with Uber, and customers may be able to book a ride via an app on their smart phone by 2025, Bell's Duncan said. The opportunities are "astronomical," L3's Duggan said. It just comes down to over- coming the challenges and finding a way to translate defense experience over to the commercial world. "I would anticipate we'll see defense con- tractors moving in that direction as the mar- ket continues to open up," he said. "It's a mat- ter of the companies wrapping their heads around the commercial business model and finding a way to provide a commercial ser- vice, a commercial model, that's competitive. That will continue to take time. But the size of the market is undeniable." Insitu Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and data analytics technologies can provide broad- area and enduring situational awareness, real-time high-fi delity imagery and daily actionable information for the mining industry. L3 holds the patent for the Hybrid Quadrator technology developed by L3 Latitude Engineering. It allows unmanned aircraft to lift vertically in confi ned areas using multirotor propulsion. HQ Technology combines thevertical takeoff and landing capabilities of a quadrotor and the effi ciency, speed and range of a traditional fi xed-wing aircraft.

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