On Sunday March 16, 2014, the CBS 60 Minutes program included a 13-minute segment, Drones Over America, that explored the growing commercial Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) industry, the value of the technology, the regulations and the concerns that the public and regulators have regarding privacy and safety of the systems in a variety of applications and environments.
The Aeryon Scout made a cameo appearance in the background of an interview hosted by Morley Safer, 60 Minutes with Missy Cummings, Professor, MIT and Duke University.
A mini quad coptor will be used by Sussex Police to help make Gatwick Airport and the area around it even safer. From this month officers are running a trial using a small unmanned aerial system (UAS) at and around the airport that will give them an eye in the sky to deal with potential incidents.
The system will be able to beam live high-quality pictures to officers on the ground, allowing them to more quickly assess locations and film incidents from above.
An officer will control the aircraft from the ground, in line of sight, using a portable console from up to 500 metres away. The trial of the Aeryon SkyRanger system is being funded by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) to test how effective it could be in policing.
In the February/March 2014 issue of Vanguard Magazine, Ian McDonald, VP Product & Marketing, Aeryon Labs, writes about how VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) sUAS are gaining more attention with Special Forces throughout the world for being able to provide immediate situational intelligence to ground forces and remote command – putting control of the monitoring and data collection directly into the hands of the people who need it.
In the article, Size matters - New Mission Capabilities through Small Unmanned Aerial Systems, McDonald discusses the roles and benefits, new trends and how sUAS evolution will naturally bring successive generations that fly faster, farther and longer than previously possible, with still higher flight performance.
The following is an excerpt from the article:
The Aeryon Scout was on display during a congressional hearing held at the William J. Hughes, FAA Technical Center on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. The hearing focused on the important the role the facility plays in modernizing aviation and the integration of unmanned aircraft into US national airspace.
To learn more about the hearing, read (and watch the video) Unmanned Aircraft focus of Congressional Hearing at FAA Tech Center.
Alaskans are accustomed to winter storms, but this one was a doozy: it shut down all sea traffic and left the town of Nome without sufficient fuel to make it through the winter. A fuel tanker was dispatched from Vladivostok, Russia, to provide relief to the isolated community, but thick sheets of ice stood between the ship and Nome's 3,500 residents. As the tanker wound its way through the treacherous waters of the Bering Sea, a Coast Guard icebreaker led the way, guided by a tiny flying robot small enough to fit into a backpack. The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)—better known as a drone—was relaying 3D maps of the ice conditions to the two ships, as well as to researchers at the University of Alaska, so they could look for ridges in the ice that might rupture a hull.