lunes, 22 de julio de 2013

The Global UAV Market 2013-2023 - A US$114.7 Billion Opportunity

UAVs have proved to be exceedingly useful during peacekeeping missions and the ongoing global war on terror in Afghanistan and Pakistan, finding applications across ISR and combat roles. Furthermore, enhanced capabilities in areas such as endurance, data processing, and communications have broadened ISR UAV use in both defense and intelligence roles. It is anticipated that 4,000 different unmanned aircraft platforms are in circulation on the global market.
In light of their enhanced endurance and lower maintenance costs, solar-powered UAVs are emerging as the latest revelation in the market, attracting investment from defense ministries across the globe. High endurance of solar-powered UAVs enhances their ability to provide real-time, high-quality surveillance data for large geographical areas, and for longer periods. HALE UAVs offer a low-cost consistent surveillance capability and are capable of producing and storing solar energy in their fuel cells which can then be used for night flying.
Almost all major countries now have their UCAV programs in place, some in isolation, and others in collaboration. Leading the way, in May 2013, the U.S. Navy underwent flight trials for the X-47B, a giant leap in the UCAV industry, as it was for the first time that an unmanned aircraft took off from an aircraft carrier. Though it is not due to go into production, the research and development is expected to spawn operational variants in the near future.

Spanning over 229 pages, 84 tables and 101 figures, “The Global UAV Market 2013-2023” report presents an in-depth assessment of the global UAV market till 2023.

In addition to covering the market size & drivers, industry trends, challenges, swot analysis, country analysis, major uav programs, competitive landscape and strategic insights the report also presents comprehensive forecasts for the market till 2023. The report covers 20 key industry players namely AAI Corporation, Aeronautics Ltd., AeroVironment, Alenia Aermacchi, BAE Systems, BlueBird Aero Systems, Boeing, Cassidian, Dassault Aviation SA, Denel Dynamics, Elbit Systems Ltd., EMT Ingenieurgesellschaft, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI),  Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), Northrop Grumman Corporation, Sagem, Selex ES, Singapore Technologies Aerospace and Saab.

miércoles, 17 de julio de 2013

Drone It Yourself turns random objects into RC quadrotors

Jasper van Loenen's Drone It Yourself project turns more or less anything into a quadrotor drone with addition of a few motors and a control unit. According to van Loenen, all the plastic parts, which include the clamps to attach the motors, can be 3D printed in ABS, with the appropriate files made available on van Loenen's website. (Read more)

martes, 16 de julio de 2013

FAA rules on domestic UAV flights

Current FAA regulations offer two avenues for approval for UAV operations: First, operators can apply for an experimental airworthiness certificate for private-sector civil aircraft to do research and development, training and flight demonstrations. The second avenue requires operators to obtain a Certificate of Authorization (COA) for public aircraft, which are those that are owned by the U.S. government or a state. (read more)

lunes, 8 de julio de 2013

India: UAV Netra para operaciones de rescate en Kedarnath

Los equipos de emergencia y salvamento personados en Kedarnath están haciendo uso de un UAV para ayudar a las autoridades a evaluar los daños y buscar personas atrapadas entre los escombros tras las inundaciones acontecidas en la región.
En palabras de un portavoz oficial, "Un UAV Netra y seis miembros de la National Disaster Response Force están desplegados sobre el territorio de Kedarnath. Debido al mal tiempo reinante, el UAV ayudará en las tareas de rescate proporcionando vistas aereas en directo de las zonas más dificilmente accesibles".