Inside Unmanned Systems

DEC 2017 - JAN 2018

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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ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. 25 unmanned systems inside December 2017/January 2018 only test radar, but also remote identi- fication systems, such as transponders like ADS-B, and blended detect-and- avoid technologies that include ground- based and on-board systems. "The corridor is that fundamental first step," Gibson said. "You can iso- late from manned aircraft and have minimal impact on the community below you to develop reliable data and learn how we can integrate ground- based sense and avoid and all the piec- es in the solution set. Ultimately, we want to fully integrate with manned aircraft and meet the airspace require- ments of traditional aviation so there's never any conf lict. The long term goal is for us not to talk about this a decade from now like we do today because it's more accepted and more prevalent in our everyday lives." The push to further UAS technology and its operating parameters always has been about the economic potential of these systems, Brinker said, and the ability to f ly BVLOS is a big factor in realizing that potential. Advancing UTM technology is criti- cal to safely achieving BVLOS opera- tions, Gibson said, and getting there will take collaboration between folks with backgrounds in traditional avia- tion who know the safety requirements and who tend to be risk averse, and the engineers who are developing the vari- ous software and technologies. "It's not really a light switch that you'll hit one day and BVLOS will be available," Gibson said, noting there are companies, such as BNSF Railway, already f lying BVLOS missions. "The routine BVLOS f lights will probably start with utilities and then the pub- lic arena, meaning governmental en- tities, within five years—and it will continue to increase over time." Testing in North Dakota Init ia l ly, BV L OS t e st ing at t he Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site began because of a customer need, Executive Director Nick Flom said. General Atomics was looking for airspace to train pilots to f ly its Predator drone, and the Grand Sky UAS Business Park, which was made possible through an Enhanced- 0.1° Roll & Pitch 0.2° Heading 2 cm RTK » Immune to magnetic disturbances » L1/L2 GNSS receiver Ellipse-D Dual GNSS/INS Inertial Navigation Systems » Accurate heading even under low dynamics » Post-processing

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