Aerospace and defense organizations advance unmanned avionics to amplify system safety, security, efficiency, and interoperability.
The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for years has been a focal point of the aerospace and defense community, as well as a bright spot in an otherwise bleak economic picture. The impressive growth and advancement of unmanned technologies show few signs of slowing, as militaries worldwide continue to adopt and adapt unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for a variety of missions.
Industry and public awareness for commercial applications of UAV technology has increased significantly in Canada and throughout North America. Initially the technology was primarily developed for military use, where the application requirements are different. Design considerations, principally addressing safety concerns, have been necessary for commercial systems. There are fundamentally two types of systems; fixed wing airplane style systems, and a rotary helicopter design. The choice of system is determined by the requirements of a specific application, and the field operating conditions.
In the July 2013, Volume 27, Number 7 issue of PM Network magazine (subscription required), Aeryon President, Dave Kroetsch, is featured in the article, Flying Solo. In the article, the writer, Clay Dillow, discusses the challenges faced by Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) manufacturers and Project Managers (PM) as UAS technologies mature and government/industry regulations are implemented.
On Tuesday, Kansas State University Salina hosted a flight demonstration of several different unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)* at the Great Plains Joint Training Center in Lindsborg. K-State is one of two four-year institutions in the country involved in the development of the unmanned aircraft.