- FAA UAS Symposium to be 100% Virtual
Will you be attending the virtual FAA UAS Symposium?
- FLIR Systems Micro UAS for Defense
A very cool new 33g device is hitting the U.S. Army’s arsenal soon coming from FLIR Systems. This micro dual rotor UAS called the Black Hornet 3 provides up to 25 minutes of flight time and real time video transmission.
The capabilities of a device like this are invaluable when considering surveillance and counter surveillance operations as well as strategic operations planning.
- Drones & 3D Printing: New Guerrilla Warfare Tools
Drones are reportedly being used by unknown militants in the Syria conflict to drop mortar rounds on troops from the United States and other forces. According to Business Insider and other news outlets, “a drone carrying a mortar dropped it near where they were sleeping.” Source: Business Insider.
Additionally, there are reports that some of the mechanisms being used to activate the payload delivery is 3D printed. We don’t talk much about 3D printing here, but there are significant technologies that are readily accessible for home manufacturing via 3D print. This technology has been used for everything from repairs around the house to full 3D printed guns.
The reality is that a home-built drone can be produced with 3D printed parts, and have customized mechanism engineered for delivering payload including explosives.
This introduces a severe complexity when assessing and implementing a drone detection system. Most drone detection systems identify the 70% of commercial off the shelf (COTS) drones that utilize WiFi signals (2.4 – 5.8 GHz). However, most home-built and hobby drones do not use these frequencies for communications, they leverage 400/900 MHz band communications.
As validated by a facility’s design basis threat, and if the risk of aerial delivered improvised explosives devices is real, the cost justification for the deployment of a more comprehensive drone detection system must include the assessment and analysis of multiple bands covering both COTS and home-built drone systems.
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- Wireless Surveys with sUAS
The commercial use of drones for engineering and design assessments can help to augment ground based survey team capabilities and reduce the need to rent or purchase lifts and bucket trucks. Gaining an elevated perspective with an unmanned aerial system can quickly improve your project’s success.
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Wireless point to point network solutions are becoming the go to backhaul design choice for municipalities, large campus environments, or any other entity wishing to connect disparate sites that are within line of sight. With today’s wireless point-to-point technologies, broadcast quality throughput can be achieved and be almost virtually identical in speed and reliability as running a fiber connection.
Without all the costs, labor, and materials of a physical connection, the wireless option requires a number of different design criteria:
- Line of sight
- Clear Fresnel zone
- Secure mounting location
When assessing a project site for the design and implementation of a wireless transmission system, often times the proposed mounting locations may be a tall light pole, an inaccessible rooftop, or a structure that has not yet been put in place.
To ensure that the proposed wireless solution will operate as being designed, consider the use of an unmanned aerial system (UAS). Quickly, efficiently, and with little cost, an accurate line of sight can be verified.
- Drone Detection Needs Assessment
UAS Vues, LLC recently completed a drone detection system needs assessment.
A drone detection system (DDS) is technology equipment that can detect, track, and identify unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in a facility’s vicinity.
These systems, when deployed by commercial or most law enforcement, are passive in nature, meaning they do not interact or interfere with the flight systems of the UAS. They do not inhibit the aircraft and merely pick up on either radio frequencies, sound, or radar reflections.
A drone detection system is an effective way to extend a facility’s perimeter protection limitations and increase a facility’s visibility to incoming threats.
Perimeter protection is an entirely separate post, but essentially the goal is to DETECT incoming threats as soon as possible and as far away as possible. This enables security forces to DETER and RESPONSE before an adversary has the opportunity to attack.
The needs assessment performed by UAS Vues, LLC helped a local government agency in Westchester determine the realistic threats, existing vulnerabilities, and the overall risk of unknown drone flights over and around their facility. Based on the risk, recommendations for a DDS were made, as well as a five-year total cost of ownership calculated.
This allowed the Owner to make an intelligent decision regarding the implementation of technology, rather than a knee-jerk response to a new or pending incident.
The Owner now has the knowledge and the justification for budget endorsements and deployment schedules.
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