Unmanned Systems Technology Magazine

Issue 002

Published: March 2015
Highlights in this issue include a coversation with Graham Smethurst, insights into marine UUVs, security and safety sytems. A report from the Commercial UAV Show and dossiers on the Scion SA-400, the Danielson Trident 100 TD2 and the Mira Mace. As well as focus articles covering vision sensors and additive manufacturing.
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  • Intro - Interest in swarming unmanned systems is growing, as the benefits of having them work in harmony become clearer
  • Platform one: Mission-critical info - High-altitude internet base station UAV unveiled, details of a flexible and high-efficiency solar sheet, a real-time tool for handling complex imagery that runs on a standard web browser, new swarming algorithms, and much more…
  • In conversation: Graham Smethurst - BMW’s head of its autonomous vehicle programme explains the challenges that lie ahead and how to overcome them
  • Dossier: Scion SA-400 - Ian Bamsey investigates an optionally piloted helicopter which, unmanned, can fly sideways at 46 knots and land on a ship at sea
  • UST online - Full details on the easy way to find new suppliers and stay up to date with the latest technological developments
  • Report: Commercial UAV Show - Ian Bamsey and Nick Flaherty highlight some of the new technology on show at this trade fair launch
  • Focus: Vision sensors - Developments in imaging technology are paving the way for more integrated onboard vision, as Nick Flaherty explains
  • Dossier: Danielson Trident 100 TD2 - Ian Bamsey investigates this state-of-the-art French turbodiesel that’s been created specifically for UAV use
  • Insight: Security and safety systems - How to ensure an unmanned system is secure and safe
  • Dossier: MIRA MACE - The UK’s MIRA automotive research institute is trialling unmanned ground vehicles for the military. What lessons are being learnt?
  • Focus: Additive manufacturing - Making components using an additive process is ideal for the unmanned systems industry. David Cooper explains why
  • Insight: Marine UUVs - Torpedo-shaped autonomous underwater vehicles are taking over the oceans. Nick Flaherty examines some new developments
  • PS: Wankel engines - The rotary engine has found a niche in unmanned systems
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