Shaun Coghlan, Sr. Product Manager, highlights Aeryon sUAS for the INTERGEO 2014 audience. He also discusses with Sanjay Gangal the growth in the market and that many more GIS professionals, worldwide, are starting to adopt UAS technology.
Recently at UAS 2014, industry leaders highlighted the diverse uses for unmanned aerial vehicles over a wide variety of applications. The following article summarizes the topics featured, including discussions that described how public safety organizations in the UK are using the Aeryon SkyRanger to support the work that they do.
The following is an excerpt from the article:
As the search continues for missing University of Virginia student, Hannah Graham, police were granted an Emergency COA for the Aeryon SkyRanger sUAS to get a closer aerial view of the search area, not possible with police helicopters.
Pendleton, OR – The Pendleton Unmanned Aircraft Systems Range (PUR) achieved Initial Operating Capability on September 30 2014, successfully operating an Aeryon Scout system in accordance with a Federal Aviation Administration Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA), within the University of Alaska, Fairbanks’ Pan Pacific UAS Test Range Complex (PPUTRC). The flights took place at Hill Ranches, about 5 miles northeast of the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport.
The event highlighted the type of aeronautical research which the Pendleton UAS Range is chartered to perform under agreements with the FAA and PPUTRC, by verifying the Scout’s ability to support first responders in identifying and locating residual hot spots of rangeland wildfires. The crew performed two short capability flights this morning. “These first flights are testimony to the tremendous cooperation and support of the City of Pendleton, OR, the Pan Pacific UAS Test Range Complex, the FAA, Aeryon Labs and Hill Ranches” said John Stevens, Pendleton UAS Range Manager. “We’re very excited to continue to develop this, and other relationships in the UAS industry, in order to further the FAA goal of UAS integration into the National Airspace System”.
Small UAVs are opening up a plethora of opportunities for security personnel across the globe. However, choosing the right kind of UAV could be a daunting task for many.
Throughout the world, policing organisations are challenged with balancing the collection of thorough and lasting evidence, creating accurate 3D scene reconstructions for crime and traffic departments, rapidly clearing roads and highways, performing high-risk ERT scenarios, or conducting search and rescue operations — while keeping costs within budget.