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Early Look At Next UAS Magazine Issue

By Luke Geiver | February 04, 2016

We are wrapping up the next issue of the magazine this week. Our dual-issue theme focused on two areas:  the UAS system or platform, and a particular end-use application.

On the system and platform focus-side, Patrick Miller contacted multiple UAS camera and sensor makers to get their perspective on their place in the industry. The resulting story highlights the role of sensors and cameras in the overall transformation of the UAS industry. Miller spoke with sensor and camera developers or users of all shapes and sizes, from large UAV users operating for the U.S. Government, to small UAV operators performing powerline inspections. He also spoke with the manufacturers to reveal what it is they are doing to meet client demand. Several of the camera or sensor developers have only released sUAS capable products in the past two years. Already, they are onto new versions of their offerings. In some ways, his story shows that as the sensors and cameras progress, so too does the UAS industry. Here is the description of the story: As sensors and payloads have become smaller, lighter and more capable, UAS of all sizes—and their users—have benefited.

On the commercial end-use application focus-side, Ann Bailey examined UAVs in the engineering and surveying sector. By now, we don’t need to tell you that UAS apply well to that sector. With that in mind, we took a more detailed, complex look at how to tell the story. We started with this basic question given to  the sources in the story: do you use UAS as a tool in your existing engineering/surveying entity, or, do you perform engineering/surveying services as part of your UAS business.

After talking with several sources that could answer differently to that question, Bailey’s story not only ended up being impressively rich in insight, but also telling about how big UAS will be for all engineering and surveying projects in the future. It didn’t matter which side of the spectrum that her sources came from, they all seemingly offered the same perspective. The description (we call them headline deks) for her feature is this: Engineers, surveyors and UAS entities explain the real-life work case for UAVs from experience gained in the field.

The issue was mailed to its usual subscriber list (which is growing incredibly fast) and a targeted end-user audience of engineers and surveyors.

In our trends section, you’ll be amazed at how sUAV companies are tapping into proven technologies from the likes of 360 degree camera to the way a bird soars to make their UAVs more valuable than ever before.