Inside Unmanned Systems

AUG 2015

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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21 unmanned systems inside September/October 2015 ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. launched Desert Hawk III can handle color, low- light and infrared sensors. New Users, New Uses Saunter Raven of Madison, S.D., plans to use the Indago to provide imagery to customers across the upper Midwest. The firm wants to offer services for precision agriculture, energy grid and tower inspection, and filming, photos and surveying as well as emergency response. Frontera of Golden Canyon, Ariz., expressed interest in the K-MAX, another Lockheed Mar- tin platform, and Northrop Grumman's Fire Scout. Though the current exemptions do not extend to UAS that weigh more than 55 lbs., the FAA has made it clear that it would be more flexible with the Section 333 process. The K-MAX is a heavy lift, rotary-wing air- craft said McConville that has gone from being manned-only to manned-maybe. "Of course it's a commercial aircraft that is used in the manned mode for heavy cargo type of operations and nonmilitary useā€”and has been for a long time," he said. We 'unmanned' K-MAX with our partner (Kaman Aerospace Corporation) for use by the United States Ma- rine Corps in Afghanistan." There, he said, the K-MAX moved four and a half million pounds of cargo, taking the equivalent of 900 cargo ve- hicles off the road. "They were able to be very fast in how they responded to the changing nature of the fi re," said, Jay McConville, director of business development at Lockheed Martin's unmanned inte- grated systems. Another critical element was the Indago's ability to fl y at night. "It's a very diffi cult operation, often not allowed, to fl y a manned aircraft above a fi re at night," said McConville. The Indago was able to launch and quickly get over the fi re quickly then use its infrared capability to fi nd, in very specifi c terms, the locations of the hotspots within the fi re, explained Mc- Conville. "That enabled the fi refi ghters to apply the suppressant in the area that was most effective." A day and night fi re fi ghting team, the small Indago can identify wildfi re hot spots while the cargo-carrying K-MAX can transport water to douse the fl ames.

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