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:
Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) provide immediate situational intelligence to ground forces and to remote command – the very order of this statement reveals the roles and applications to which these systems are uniquely suited. In contrast to large unmanned aerial systems, sUAS shorten and reverse the data chain – they place advanced ISR capabilities directly in the hands of the soldier, squad, or platoon who needs it most, while securely networked with C4ISR. Early generations of sUAS substantially changed the modern soldier – what comes next is poised to transform modern armed forces.
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.
The CBC Radio program, The Current, features an episode - Drone Journalism: Is Canada ready? During this 27-minute discussion, Anna Maria Tremonti speaks with Canadian journalists about the advancements, benefits, regulations and challenges surrounding the adoption of unmanned aerial system (UAS) technology as a tool to cover news stories throughout the world. The Aeryon Scout™ is highlighted in the program (at approx. 18:48 minutes) as being a UAS that can be used easily by a single operator.
The Aeryon Scout is featured in the article "Drones. Peace, Fire, Shipping, and…Traffic Jams?!" . This article highlights how UAV technology can be used in a variety of applications - public safety, utility assessment/inspections, disaster & emergency response, as well as search & rescue.
Read the full story to find out more.
Since Amazon announced its intention to use drones for local deliveries in the not-so-distant future, the world has been abuzz (no pun intended) with talk of the unmanned aircraft. But while many Americans are discussing drones as if they’re still science fiction, here in Canada, they’re more like science fact.