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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33 June/July 2019  unmanned systems inside and have a ton of technology on the vehicles already": radar, cone deployment and retrieval equipment, among other features. "They were on board right away. Within a week, they sent me a truck for testing." Fred Bergstresser, Royal's government account man- ager, outlined the ATMA's commercial advantages. "The primary thing is, it takes the driver out of the crash vehicle and the attenuator saves the life of the mo- torist. Hitting a truck full of gravel or stone would kill the motorist. …[Now]…"they could basically get out of their car or truck and not be injured." Bergstresser offered examples. "Line-painting at 7 miles an hour, other operations up to 15, they're all slow- moving on a fast-moving highway. What we've done, with Kratos, is make the paint truck the lead truck and the attenuator the follower truck, the shadow vehicle, the impact protection vehicle." Until recently the sole suitable crash-absorber tech- nology was the Scorpion, a honeycombed, aluminum im- pact-resister made by TrafFix Devices, a San Clemente, California, company. It's now been joined by the Blade, from Verdegro of Holland, whose metal-cutting-into- metal premise stretches the crash impact over a couple of seconds. "We can use either one," Factor said. "Both passed the latest crash test." Prices vary per configuration, but, overall, a road- ready ATMA system can run $350,000, including tech, truck, attenuator and on-site training. ROLLING (OUT) PROTECTION Royal is based in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, and a mid-decade product demonstration received media coverage. Interestingly, though, the first contract came from the UK division of Colas, which bills itself as "the world leader in road construction." In 2017, that system—known in Europe as the AIPV (Autonomous Impact Protection Vehicle)—began rolling on the M-3 Motorway south of London. In this case, Royal retrofit- ted existing trucks. The Colorado Department of Transportation followed suit. "They're a very innovative group, receptive to tech- nology," Factor said. A turnkey system has since been ap- proved for statewide deployment, and 10 states have joined PROJECT WATCH Innovative Worldwide UAS Use Maximum speed 15 mph Lane accuracy +/- 4 in (max. relative to lead vehicle) Obstacle detection Redundant forward and side view Vehicle gap User-defi ned: 25 ft to 1,500 ft User interface Tablet PC w/graphical user interface System initialization Intuitive checklist Power 12 VDC, 30A fuse Communications Redundant, encrypted, frequency hopping Navigation GPS and GPS denied Active Safety System Automated vehicle internal/external, independent wireless E-stops HARDWARE HIGHLIGHT ATMA Technical Specifi cations Data courtesy Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Unmanned protection vehicle, safeguarding a road crew. Project Watch DEFENSE COMMERCIAL NEXUS

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