Inside Unmanned Systems

APR-MAY 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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63 April/May 2018 unmanned systems inside isting rules, Rappsilber said. "Imagine you have a very dense city with many houses, cars and streets," he said. "You don't have any space to f ly safely, and when you are there with a he- licopter you are not allowed to be in a holding position because you have no space to do au- torotation landings. "With normal drones, if there is a failure, they will fall to earth like a stone, but we can operate because of our high safety factor." Thanks to its double-hull design and low payload weight, if the ALtAIR is damaged, for example if some- body shoots a hole in it, it will take half an hour to an hour to actually sink to the ground. "It's more like a toy," Rappsilber said, "it's like a big balloon, it's an extremely safe product." A startup project within Airbus Defence & Space, ALtAIR achieved f light just seven months after the first ideas were put on paper, Rappsilber said. REAL-TIME MONITORING Occupying a stand just next to Airbus was Ottawa-based Kongsberg Geospatial. We spoke to Capture Manager & Technical Solutions Specialist Colin Willey, who explained one of his company's key offerings. We have a baseline geospatial and digital map capability that is integrated in all our par- ent company Kongsberg Gruppen products in the defense market in and around Norway. That's called our TerraLens Core. But we also build application layers using the same technol- ogy for other customers, and that's a product we call IRIS." IRIS is a drone-centric, command and con- trol system, with ground station capability that monitors drones in real time. "This allows you to look at your drones along a f light path and see how they interact with the environment— other aircraft, no-go zones, terrain. So we sell this to drone manufacturers, to people who are using drones, to security, to military. Anybody who has a need to view their drones in real-time can use it." Willey said typical clients include anyone who needs to get a camera on a situation and make real-time decisions. "Similar to what Airbus is doing right over there, our clients can be people who are monitor- ing crowds and special-event scenarios, football games or even G20 summits, with video cameras and real-time VIP dignitary monitoring. It can be people delivering medical supplies to remote areas, pipeline monitoring service pro- viders, search and rescue for sure. It's especially useful when you might need to get a drone up quickly, without time to set a f light path. With IRIS you see the drone with the terrain and all envi- ronment elements in detail, as you f ly." Current partners, Willey said, in- clude the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Norwegian utilities compa- nies, and even a pizza delivery service. "We've got a pilot project right now with a company called Flirty, out of Reno, Nevada. They are working with Domino's to test the effectiveness of using drones to deliver pizzas," he said. "They are really looking at the whole process of getting the pizza into the drone, finding a path to take, the ob- stacles, finding out where to land. You need to have exceptional maps to be able to do this." Anyone hungry? DRONES CRASH THE PARTY IN MUNICH Hovering over crowds, delivering goods in ur- ban environments or speeding to save some- one's life with medical supplies, all of these ac- tivities imply a set of rules on how and where one can f ly. Speaking on just that subject at the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit, an event that was going on just down the road from Nuremberg (apparently, one drone event at a time is not enough for the German federal state of Bavaria), was Dominic Hayes, manager of Galileo and "IT'S NOT JUST A JAMMER. IT'S A PORTABLE, COUNTER- UAV SYSTEM, EQUIPPED WITH A JAMMER BUT ALSO A RECEIVING PART. IT HAS AN RF DETECTOR FOR PICKING UP THE DRONE SIGNAL, EITHER THE REMOTE CONTROL OR THE VIDEO DOWNLINK. IT GIVES OUT AN ALERT, SO IT VIBRATES, AND WE GET SOME INFORMATION VIA HEADPHONES. THEN YOU CAN SWITCH ON THE JAMMER." Johannes Petz Sales Director for Hensholdt

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