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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36  June/July 2019 unmanned systems inside Photos courtesy of Insitu and Collins Aerospace. Applications BUILDING BENCHMARKS Integrators and Operators Draw from Lessons Learned in Theater to Safely Soar in Commercial Space T he technology line between military and com- mercial UAS capabilities continues to blur—and that's by design, according to some of the top in- dustry developers. From lessons learned in combat about mapping and surveillance, endurance, broadcast and telecommuni- cation networks, the commercial and civil markets are realizing the value of operational reliability, redundancy and security. Advancements derived from DARPA's Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment (CODE)-enabled system for UAS swarming, in the Yuma desert, to MQ- 9B SkyGuardian's long endurance high-altitude f light airworthiness standards are indicative of solutions that could push the boundaries developed in theater to the commercial and civil space. The combined experience, interest and innovation of industry developers, integrators and operators is driv- ing the next UAS technological evolution and setting a foundation for airworthiness and operational standards for safe UAS activities in the national airspace. DRAWING PARALLELS In recent years, there have been a number of examples of military UAS solutions and capabilities put to use in commercial space, from the use of Martin UAV's Super Bat to stop poaching in Tanzania to Insitu help- ing fishermen in Alaska track schools of tuna. Insitu, a Bingen, Washington-based subsidiary of Boeing Defense, Space & Security, has used its more than one million UAV f light hours, largely f lown in defense-related operations, to become one of the indus- try's leading commercial UAV solution providers. In the space of seven years, the organization has performed marine mammal and ice surveys, surveyed pipelines, by Vicki Speed on DEFENSE COMMERCIAL NEXUS

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