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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51 June/July 2019  unmanned systems inside the committee working on that future standard, Engen said. CDL sees multi-domain systems as a growth area, said Engen. "I think this need will become sort of amplified. People will just simply need to bring it all from a common piece of software and won't want to deal with that many different controllers." CDL is also planning to offer VCSi as a local traffic manager for UTM systems. The soft- ware will bring in FA A-type data like aircraft location information, waypoints, information on other aircraft and data on non-cooperative traffic from radar or other sensing systems. This information would be combined to give a com- prehensive picture of activity in the area. " [It'll] allow a manager or a controller to sort of see how their drone or their vehicles are interacting," said Engen. The capability, he added, might be available as early as 2020. RUGGEDIZED PORTABLE Combat Proven (CP) Technologies puts every- thing it's learned building equipment for the U.S. Marines into its battle-tough drone control stations. The company has created hardware that is easier to use in bright sunlight, can with- stand most of Mother Nature's worst tantrums and is "future proof" for long stretches of time. The Irvine, California-based company got its start 23 years ago building a single-screen ver- sion of its current equipment that the Marines used as a test station for assessing the electronic systems on its light armored vehicle, the LAV-2. Though CP Technologies did not start out plan- ning to build drone control stations, its team saw an opportunity to address the problems UAS operators were having with off-the-shelf controllers like tablets and laptops. "They'd take a commercial display with a pro- cessor, stick it a Pelican case and then try to op- erate it out in the field—and a lot of the screens weren't direct-sunlight readable. They weren't ruggedized. They didn't survive for long. Laptops didn't have the processing power or the screen capability to be able to f ly a UAV," said Michael McCormack, CP Technologies' president and CEO. "And we realized that the processing power of [our] system allowed it to be utilized for more than just a test station." The system they created is as utilitarian as its name . The internal components are shock- 20Si 200Sr The smallest, lightest Mode S Transponders ALL-IN-ONE DESIGN INTEGRATED SBAS GPS/BARO COMPLETE RADAR AND ADS-B VISIBILITY EASY PLUG & PLAY INSTALL 76 grams 250W Transmit 200+ mile range 25 grams 20W Transmit 40 mile range RADAR CONTACT ESTABLISHED mounted to withstand vibration, temperature and humid- ity. The three-screen system is also completely sealed and can be used in rain or snow—pretty much any environment, said McCormack. "So, whether you're sitting out at a chemi- cal plant or you're sitting out in the middle of an oil field or a very harsh environment, you have this very ruggedized system Ground Systems DEFENSE COMMERCIAL NEXUS

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