AUVSI XPONENTIAL 22, which is without doubt one of the greatest, most influential drone occasions on the market, is in full swing this week. There are tons of speeches to hearken to, courses to attend, networking occasions to have interaction in — and an enormous expo corridor to browse.
The expo corridor is extra related than ever this yr as a result of — after two years of no drone conferences for a lot of — that is the primary time that many individuals have gotten to see recent drone merchandise that had been launched over the previous couple years.
And for a lot of merchandise themselves, it’s the primary time they’ve been on huge show.
The Drone Woman checked out the largest product reveals at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 22, and listed here are just a few of those that stand out.
FLIR’s Hadron 640R digital camera system
Teledyne FLIR has launched a brand new drone payload for integrators, referred to as the Hadron 640R digital camera system. Teledyne FLIR says that is its most superior, twin uncooled thermal-visible digital camera but. With it, you’ll get a 640 x 512 decision Boson longwave infrared (LWIR) thermal digital camera that may see by way of whole darkness, smoke, most fog, glare, offering temperature measurements for each pixel within the scene.
And it doesn’t work with drones, but in addition integrates with most kinds of unmanned floor automobiles (UGV), robotic platforms, and rising AI-ready purposes the place battery life and run time are mission important.
Iris Automation’s ground-based surveillance system, Casia G
Iris Automation, which is without doubt one of the greatest gamers in making merchandise with Past Visible Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone flights in thoughts, is utilizing AUVSI XPONENTIAL 22 to make its Casia G commercially out there.
Casia G is the ground-based model of its current detect and keep away from (DAA) surveillance answer, and it makes use of he similar patented AI and pc imaginative and prescient expertise as Iris Automation’s onboard options. With it, you may get a full optical, 360° diploma sight view designed to detect, alert and allow operators to keep away from each co-operative and non- cooperative plane for protected past visible line of sight (BVLOS) flight.
Casia G creates a fringe of sanitized, monitored airspace for UAVs to carry out work safely, with out extra payload. It’s supreme for operations in fastened or momentary areas, supporting drone within the field operations and augmenting or changing human visible observers. BVLOS flight for uncrewed techniques has been difficult attributable to proper of means issues, particularly the shortcoming for uncrewed plane to efficiently see and keep away from different plane.
Fairly merely, human operators can’t see all the things, however this piece of expertise can.
“Casia G sees all the sky, with uniform likelihood and determination, 10 occasions per second, with out distractions or breaks,” Jon Damush, CEO of Iris Automation stated in a ready assertion. “It is a answer for airspace consciousness that covers a big majority of small UAS use circumstances, however at a worth level that’s economically viable and with out advanced integration.”
And given its business availability, it might result in extra viable BVLOS flights, which is without doubt one of the hottest subjects within the drone trade proper now. In actual fact, Casia G has already obtained a BVLOS waiver on behalf of the Metropolis of Reno in Nevada.
Drone Logbook’s integration with Skyfish drones
Skyfish, which is an American made survey-grade engineering drone maker, now permits for mission information monitoring on its M4 and M6 drone platforms by way of a partnership with DroneLogbook.
DroneLogbook is a set of operations software program designed to permit customers to plan missions (test airspace), handle fleets & personnel, observe upkeep & inspections and supply detailed reporting.
And now pilots of Skyfish M4 and M6 drones can extra simply maintain observe of kit efficiency, upkeep schedules, and all data to adjust to FAA laws. That’s as a result of Skyfish Mission Management software program is now in a position to mechanically cloud synchronize flight telemetry information to DroneLogbook servers as quickly because the pilot lands their Skyfish drone. The profit? Enhance ROI for the top person, decreasing information processing time, streamlining compliance reporting, and simplifying planning and drone inspection.
The Skyfish drones are on show at Sales space #2511, the place you may see how they perform with Drone Logbook.
A FlytBase docking station for the DJI M300
Two drone firms, FlytBase and Hextronics, teamed as much as construct a Drone Dock for the DJI M300 drone, which shall be displayed at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 22.
FlytBase has been working since 2016 to construct software program options for automating and scaling drone operations. Hextronics isn’t removed from the convention’s 2022 location. Based mostly in Miami, it builds drone stations designed to scale back operation prices, lengthen battery life and optimize their flights. Collectively, the 2 have constructed a flowery drone dock referred to as the Atlas 300, designed particularly for one of the crucial standard enterprise drones, the DJI M300.
The Atlas 300 dock is mainly a robotic battery swapping mechanism. Designed for rugged environments, it could possibly home as much as eight batteries, with a lifespan of greater than 2,000 cycles. It’s designed to accommodate quite a lot of payloads, together with LIDAR, thermal and mapping cameras, parachutes, and different sensors.
The dock is even air-conditioned and climate-controlled. And because it’s weatherproof, it could possibly theoretically be utilized in even extremely excessive environments. It’s bought a downtime of lower than 4 minutes. And it’s bought an uptime of as much as 55 minutes.
When you’re heading to AUVSI XPONENTIAL 22, count on to see a stay demonstration of the HexATLAS 300 (you’ll discover it at sales space #2737).
A docking station for the DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise (and different smaller drones)
By the best way, if a smaller drone is extra your type, these firms final yr created a brand new docking station for smaller drones too. It’s referred to as the World Superior, and — just like the drones it’s designed to help — is small and light-weight itself.
The battery-swapping drone dock, which launched in Might 2021 is waterproof and appropriate with off-the-shelf drones such because the DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Sequence. It may well cost as much as 6 DJI batteries concurrently, with a swap time of lower than 90 seconds to make sure minimal downtime, and theoretically enable for twenty-four/7 operations.
A HexTruck (which higher integrates drones with pickup vehicles)
Excellent news for pickup truck drivers: there’s a package that turns your truck right into a drone station.
Hextronics revealed what it calls a HexTruck again on Oct. 28, 2021, however that is the primary time many have seen it in-person given the shortage of occasions final yr. The HexTruck is without doubt one of the first kits to permit for the tight integration of drone stations inside a pickup truck. Park your truck, and the drone can use it as a base for automated cellular deployments.
The HexTruck features a truck-bed mount and retractable cowl, prolonged antennas for dependable WiFi and GPS connections, a DC/AC inverter, and an remoted battery pack. For now, it’s appropriate with each the World Superior and Atlas 300 drone docks.
What’s AUVSI XPONENTIAL 22?
AUVSI XPONENTIAL ’22 is the newest model of an annual convention placed on by the Affiliation for Uncrewed Car Methods Worldwide, which is a big lobbying group for robotics industries together with drones.
This yr’s convention is being held on the Orange County Conference Heart in Orlando, Florida, and is scheduled to run from April 25-28. Tickets bought on website vary in worth from $169 to $1,199, relying on the extent of entry you need (simply XPO Corridor to VIP Cross) and whether or not or not you’re an AUVSI member. New occasions this yr embody a Regulation-Tech Join Workshop and a KO Kickoff Social gathering at TopGolf.