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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28 www.insideunmannedsystems.com  June/July 2019 unmanned systems inside Photos courtesy of SlantRange. SlantRange Positions Defense-to-Commercial Lessons by Abe Peck A multispectral sensor system innovator draws on its founders' defense-industry roots to deliver high-resolution, customizable agriculture data. PROJECT WATCH Innovative Worldwide UAS Use AG-PRECISION SUCCESS for D uring a decade at General Atomics, Mike Ritter was embedded in defense solutions. Beginning there as a project engineer, he rose to become director of electro-optic systems in the company's Aeronautical Systems division. His mission-system responsibilities en- compassed intelligence-collection assets at a company best known for such remotely piloted aircraft as the Predator and Reaper, and for high-end ground control and electro-optics capabilities. But in 2012, word from Washington set Ritter and a small circle of friends onto an entrepreneurial course. "The Obama administration an- nounced that there would be rules for drones in commercial airspace," he recalled. "We were kicking around some ideas—if they're going to create rules, [it was] time to get started." Today, SlantRange, where Ritter is CEO, uses spectral imaging sensors to deliver precise data that's customizable for crops and conditions and can correct readings in various lighting situations without Internet or the cloud. It's brand promise: "Immediate analytics, anywhere." FROM BETA TO BUSINESS When they began, Ritter and co-founder/General Atomics colleague Michael Milton "saw enormous opportunity" in bringing high- Project Watch "Ultimately, we're trying to enable the future of autonomous and sustainable agriculture. Closed-loop autonomous farming." Mike Ritter, CEO, SlantRange Using a SlantRange Multispectral 4P+ system to analyze a lettuce fi eld. DEFENSE COMMERCIAL NEXUS

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