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AUG 2015

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24 unmanned systems inside   September/October 2015 AIR TECHNOLOGY AND MARKETS The K-MAX already has been used for logging and Lockheed is proposing a new role—firefight- ing (See Indago, K-MAX Effective Against Wild- fires). Duke Energy Business Services, a multina- tional utility company that serves some 23 mil- lion people in the United States plans to use at least four defense cross-over UAS to help it moni- tor and maintain its infrastructure. The Charlotte, N.C., firm, which serves cus- tomers across six states, was approved to f ly UAS to aid in the construction, operation and repair of its utility infrastructure as well sup- port its maintenance. Duke anticipates doing inspections of its spoilers, stacks and solar ar- rays as well as monitoring vegetation and pow- er lines. To do all of this the company plans to operate 16 different unmanned aircraft includ- ing the Indago and AeroVironment's Puma, Shrike and Qube. Photo courtesy of AeroVironment (top) and Lockheed Martin (bottom). TOP: A soldier launches an AeroVironment Puma. RIGHT: The Lockheed Martin Indago hovers near its operator.

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