XPONENTIAL 2017 – the UST Round-Up

Published: 15 May 2017

More than 7,000 attendees and over 600 exhibitors attended XPONENTIAL 2017, the annual AUVSI trade show last week, held in Dallas. It was a busy week, with exciting announcements from many of the companies in attendance – here’s our round-up:

Inertial Sense introduced the the μINS, a miniature GPS-aided inertial navigation system designed to provide high-quality direction, position, and velocity data for drones and robotic applications. Read more…

UAV Vision CM123 3-Axis GimbalUAV Vision launched a miniature 3-axis gyro-stabilised gimbal designed for commercial and ISR applications. Read more…

Pulse Aerospace released two new VTOL UAS: the petroleum-powered Radius 65, and the electric Vapor 15. Developed for military and industrial customers, the Radius 65 can operate for up to five hours in cruise and hover missions; while the Vapor 15 targets ISR and mapping missions. Read more…

Nicomatic released new 90° High Power solder contacts, available for the CMM 220 and 320 series of connectors. Read more…

Ophir Optics Group introduced “LightIR”, a compact, continuous zoom, infrared (IR) thermal imaging lens for cooled detectors in UAVs. Read more…

AeroVironment Snipe UASAeroVironment unveiled the new Snipe Nano Quad, a miniature and field-rugged VTOL UAS designed to support close-range ISR missions. Read more…

Elistair unveiled the Ligh-T 2 tethered drone station, featuring waterproofing, a 60 Mbs secured datalink and a new compatibility with the DJI Inspire 1. Read more…

Airbus announced its latest start-up – Airbus Aerial – focused on developing imagery services for commercial applications. These services will offer actionable data and analysis of information provided by drones, satellites, high altitude aircraft and other sources.  Read more…

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) confirmed details of a new patent for technology that allows the control system of unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) to locate and control UAS, using both on-ground and in-sky perception sensors. Read more…

Septentrio AsteRx-m2 UAS GNSS receiverSeptentrio introduced two new OEM GNSS receiver boards: the AsteRx-m2 and AsteRx-m2 UAS. The credit-card sized boards offer all-in-view multi-frequency, multi-constellation tracking and centimetre-level RTK position accuracy. Read more…

Trig Avionics showcased the TT26, a new multi-mission UAS avionics solution featuring a certified Mode S transponder, ADS-B Out (TSO C166-B), certified GPS (TSO C-145) and a certified altitude encoder. Read more…

Swift Navigation announced a new ruggedized dual-frequency RTK GNSS receiver. “Duro” offers centimeter-accurate positioning and was developed in conjunction with Carnegie Robotics. Read more…

Rapid Composites Bullray UASRapid Composites unveiled “Bullray”, a rugged, fully autonomous, waterproof and man-portable VTOL UAS. Read more…

Phoenix International introduced the Phalanx II rugged, small form factor Network Attached Storage (NAS) data storage system for UAVs, UUVs and airborne ISR applications. Read more…

HAZON Solutions released “HAZON DMS”, secure, cloud-based drone management software allowing UAV operators to safely and efficiently track and manage their drone fleet, pilots and workflow. Read more…

3W-International introduced its new 3W-180 SRE Hybrid Wankel engine, which can be fuelled by petrol or kerosene. It is particularly well-suited for UAVs due to the power-to-weight ratio. Read more…