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29 Apr 16. UAV Vision Signs American Partner. UAV Vision (Australia), a leader in the ISR payload market, has announced the commencement of a strategic partnership with Ascent Vision (Bozeman, MT) that will provide regional distribution, an expedited support network and integration engineering assistance of UAV Vision products within the Americas.
The strategic connection between UAV Vision’s Gyro-stabilized gimbals, such as the CM202, and Ascent Vision’s North American presence and technical capability, allows for clients to be exposed to a more agile sales and support presence.
For decades’ clients have had only a handful of choices for gimbal products in America. We are proud to create a new sensor option that includes innovative technology, user friendly features, world-class performance and the best value in the Aerial Sensing and Payloads marketplace. With unsurpassed customer support and service, our client base is growing fast and staying loyal-so the choice for sensor payloads just became easier.
For companies working under budget constraints, the added pressure of selecting a reliable and capable payload can be critical to the success and even the viability of the company.
The distribution partnership between UAV Vision and Ascent Vision allows for the increase in availability and support of the field-proven and matured UAV Vision product range.
CEO of Ascent Vision, Mr. Tim Sheehy and his team are “proud to be supporting the growth of UAV Vision into the America’s by providing a first-class engineering team and a dedicated customer support network. We have been close partners since 2014, however 2016 will be the flagship year for the Ascent Vision and UAV Vision team to expand into the American marketplace.”
The CM202 as well as the entire UAV Vision Range is available now in North and South America. The two companies also plan to offer additional international integration support and training packages. (Source: UAS VISION)
29 Apr 16. Bomb-Sniffing Drone Technology. Drones may soon have the capability to save thousands of lives each year by detecting terrorists’ improvised explosive devices and active land mines from long-ago wars thanks to innovative technology developed at UW-Madison.
The proven detection technology that also can detect chemical and nuclear weapons and drugs was successfully miniaturized and designed to fly on small unmanned aircraft by Fusion Technology Lab graduate students about five months ago, according to Jerry Kulcinski, an emeritus professor of nuclear engineering and the lab’s director.
“They did something that has never been done before,” Kulcinski said.
The centerpiece of the system is a fusion device that paints a target area with neutrons. Then sensors look for gamma rays or other particles with the signatures of specific materials such as explosives or a nuclear device. It’s the same technology used at security checkpoints to scan luggage and shipping containers in airports, but the breakthrough for the UW-Madison scientists was making the radiation source small enough to mount on a drone.
That added mobility makes the technology a potential game-changer: Military convoys could be alerted to roadside bombs. Rescuers could dig directly toward people buried by earthquake rubble. Valuable mineral deposits could be mapped.
Kulcinski, an internationally renowned scientist and longtime adviser for NASA, believes it’ll take about a year to get the system into the field — if they can find a company to buy it or fund it to completion.
“In a very practical manner, I think this can be a tremendous tool,” said Col. John W. Weidner, who helps manage the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. “From what I’ve read, its applications are only limited by the imagination of the user.”
Weidner, who is part of a t