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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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69 unmanned systems inside September/October 2015 ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. Draganfl yer X4-ES • Mfr: Draganf y Innovations • Type: Quadroter • Size: 34.25 inches (width) 34.25 inches (length) 42 inches (top diamteter) 11. 5 inches (height) • Weight: 3.7 lbs • Flight Time: up to 20 minutes • Launch: Vertical take off • Recovery: Vertical landing • Other: ultraportable folding CF frame, digital video and quick release Draganfl yer Guardian • Mfr: Draganf y Innovations • Type: Quadrotor • Size: Width: 59.5cm (23.5in) Length: 59.5cm (23.5in) Top diameter: 72.5cm (28.5in) Height: 25.5cm (10in) • Weight: 2.3 lbs • Flight Time: up to 10 minutes • Launch: Vertical takeoff • Recovery: Vertical landing • Other: Carbon f ber airframe, custom handheld control, digital video and quick release Aeryon SkyRanger • Mfr: Aeryon • Type: Quadrotor • Size: Deployed, 40 in diameter, 9.3 in height • Weight: 5.3 lbs • Flight Time: Up to 50 minutes • Launch: Vertical takeoff • Recovery: Vertical landing • Other: Can operate in rain, snow and high winds up to 55 mph GEAR enforcement agencies face when it comes to incorporating UAS. Many people still have a negative view of what they call "drones," and think law enforcement wants to use them for surveillance, or plan to fly the large military Predator drones they've seen on TV. Agencies need to educate the public on the benefits of UAS, Miller said, and be prepared to not only answer their questions, but to also start a conversation. Agencies must show the public why they're spending money on UAS, and reassure them it isn't about invading their privacy—it's about pro- viding better services and increasing safety at a reduced cost. But in some cases, it's not just the public that needs convinc- ing. It's also the agencies, said David Proulx, Aeryon VP product Mesa County Sherriff's Off ce Quartermaster Ben Miller at the command center. The department uses the Draganf yer X4-ES for accident and crime scene investigations.

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