26 Apr 11. New Unmanned Systems Feature Area at DSEi Reflects Growth in Market The 13.5m wing span Diamond Sensing Dominator UAV will be on show in the Robotics and Unmanned Systems Showcase, at DSEi. The market for Unmanned Systems (US) is set to show steady growth over the next ten years with total values for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) increasing annually from just over $3 billion in 2011 to more than $5.5bn in 2019. This growth is reflected in the new feature area, the Robotics and Unmanned Systems Showcase, at DSEi – Europe’s leading event for land, sea and air defence and security solutions and equipment, which takes place at ExCeL London from 13 – 16 September 2011. Supported by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the Robotics and Unmanned Systems Showcase is a dedicated arena that will be used for demonstrations of unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) and UAVs during the show. A football pitch-sized area, located in one corner of the North Hall, has been set aside for the demonstration and viewing arena, while AUVSI will help provide the intellectual content for the series of showcases. Featured in the new area will be displays from Insitu which will be showing the ScanEagle; this can stay on station for more than 24 hours and its systems include over 45,000 hours of combat experience. A ScanEagle was used to assist the US Navy when Captain Phillips of U.S. cargo ship Maersk Alabama was kidnapped and held hostage for ransom by pirates off the coast of Somalia last year. The Dominator from Diamond Airborne Sensing, based on the fully certified Diamond DA42 commercial aircraft, which has logged more than 360,000 flight hours, will also feature in the area. The Dominator is powered by two AE300 turbo diesel engines, and is fully equipped for flight at all weather conditions. The Dominator UAV has flown over 80,000 hours.
Other leading suppliers participating include: DST Control with its light-weight, high performance gyro-stabilised electro-optical systems with both EO and IR capabilities; Robosynthesis, a UK specialist developer of proprietary extreme-modular robotics systems; Velodyne with its LIDAR sensor; Sprung Instant Structures, which makes deployable UAV hangars; and Sky-Watch’s Huginn X1 which can be used for visual reconnaissance in disaster areas, fence patrol, indoor inspection. The UAV is based on an advanced plug-n-play system that utilises GPS, waypoint navigation, IR laser and sonar and is capable of providing detailed images and high definition video. Huginn X1 is the first of its kind to use a multi-platform system that enables the user to change airframe and upgrade the system without adjusting the autopilot.
Close by Magna Parva will be showing a number of unmanned systems innovations including CEUS, its Centre of Excellence for Unmanned Air, Land, Marine and Space Systems which delivers holistic cost-effective solutions to complex systems engineering, operational and support problems and includes a Schiebel Camcopter UAV. Included on the stand will be R3, a UAV low mass release mechanism that enables far greater capability for UAV payload carrying and release and Hyperion, an innovative ground scanning Counter IED solution.
A programme of demonstrations will be staged throughout the show which will focus on integrating the deployment of unmanned systems and involve different suppliers working together. Demonstrations will include: a night (lights out) scenario showcasing IR and all-weather operation; a security demo featuring hostage situations; and response to emergencies such as CBRNE. More conventional scenarios of route clearance and patrols, C-IED, compound clearance and perimeter security will also be featured.
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