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Unmanned Systems Technology - Issue 036

Highlights in this issue include an interview with Orbital UAV's CTO Geoff Cathcart and a closer look at the Aurrigo shuttle that kept the Wales Open golf tournament in operation. Our dossiers detail the Saab Sabertooth AUV acting as a permanent janitor for deep-sea infrastructure and the Hirth 3507-01M two-stroke engine. The focus articles dive into the subjects of IMUs and additive manufacturing. Our insight looks at UUVs and we report on the virtual Oceanology International show. Our digest features the hydrogen fuel-celled, VTOL-transitioning, Zepher Flight Labs Z1 UAV plus much more...

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Unmanned Systems Technology 036 February/March 2021

  • Intro - Closing a project doesn’t mean it was a failure – it should be seen as a learning process for engineers of the future
  • Platform one: Mission-critical info - New localisation software cuts power requirements, sensor helps multi-rotor UAVs keep flying if a motor fails, module unveiled that shuts off vehicle electrical systems in microseconds, and more
  • In conversation: Geoff Cathcart - Orbital UAV’s CTO explains how a progressive early education system influenced how he approaches problem-solving
  • Dossier: Saab Sabertooth - Acting as a type of permanent janitor for deep-sea infrastructure, this craft blurs the boundaries between an ROV and a AUV
  • Focus: IMUs - As accelerometer and gyro technologies advance, distinctions between them and what they can do are becoming less important
  • Insight: UUVs - If creature diversity is good for underwater ecosystems, then as engineers have realised, it’s good for UUV designs
  • Report: Oceanology International - The 2020 edition of this show had to be held virtually, but thanks to AI it still drew a lot of companies with plenty to announce
  • Digest: Flybotix ASIO - While not the first UAV to have a protective cage, this bi-copter does not need GNSS for navigation, which with its unusually long endurance makes it ideal for inspecting industrial assets
  • Dossier: Hirth 3507-01M - We chart the development of Hirth’s 3507 inline two-stroke workhorse, culminating in this latest version, which has been modified primarily to run on heavy fuels
  • In operation: Aurrigo shuttle - Yet another event affected by the Covid pandemic was the 2020 Wales Open golf tournament, but it still went ahead thanks to the deployment of this self-driving vehicle
  • Focus: Additive manufacturing - Unmanned systems designers take note – AM technology is becoming faster at producing components while developing the ability to make them from combinations of materials
  • Digest: Zepher Flight Labs Z1 - Hydrogen fuel cells make this VTOL-transitioning UAV quiet and give it long endurance, making it suitable for a range of military as well as commercial applications
  • PS: AriAscend UAV ID system - UAVs will soon have to be fitted with technology that broadcasts their identity and location. We look at one system for enabling that

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