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An Element Of UAS To Remember

By Luke Geiver | October 16, 2014

The UAS industry will not settle for being average. We see that every day when we read about testing efforts at any of the six U.S. Federal Aviation Administration selected sites that are not only validating operational procedures, but making systems that can or do work today better for tomorrow’s operations. And, as testing continues, innovative implementation continues.

This week’s newsletter highlights how a UAV firm has begun working with a fuel cell provider to improve the endurance of a small UAV. In other news, a UAV manufacturer has also announced it will partner with a solar powered strip maker to give UAVs, again, a longer endurance capability. A software developer has been used to cut the time needed for integrating new parts, sensors or other UAV design elements of a Minnesota-firm looking to get its newly designed UAV in front of the agriculture community sooner. And, this week our team has been sharing a video of an inventor’s effort to design a wearable UAV roughly the size of a wrist band capable of deployment by removing the band and lofting it into the air for the purpose of aerial imagery, or, the coolest possible way to take a selfie.

This element of the UAS industry—the one that shows constant innovation and technological improvements—is one I hope we all remember when talking about the industry with those looking to enter it. By the time UAVs are truly commercially viable, it is perplexing to think about how advanced the systems, physical offerings, data capture services and nearly everything else regarding UAS will truly be. Until then, our team will continue to tell the stories that matter and show the trajectory of the industry and how decisions are being made. As proof, take a look at this magazine