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27 Jul 17. Nett Warrior Streams Real-Time Drone Video to Soldiers. The U.S. Army is developing technology to allow dismounted soldiers to look at real time nearby air and ground drone feeds on a hand held, smartphone like ruggedized device. The project uses a small, portable device called Nett Warrior, used by soldiers in combat to view intelligence and force-tracking data. It is a smartphone based device for advanced navigation, friendly-force tracking, command and control communications and other sensor-fed information for soldiers. Army weapons developers and scientists have now given Nett Warrior an ability to view full-motion drone video from the device itself. The project, led by the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, or NSRDEC, has integrated technical components with Nett Warrior software to add the new features.
The technology, demonstrated in exercises at Fort Benning, Ga., is now being prepared for operational service, Army statements said. During the demonstration, Nett Warrior also functioned as a full-motion video server that rebroadcast video streams to other soldiers in a squad, Army developers said.
Nett Warrior was able to receive video feeds from a small ground robot called Dragon Runner 20 and a small, hand-launched aerial drone called the Raven, according to the Army. (Source: UAS VISION/ Defense Systems)
27 Jul 17. Evans Incorporated Takes Organizations to New Heights with Launch of PropelUAS. Evans Incorporated (Evans) announces today that it has launched a new division, PropelUAS, which is changing the game and forging the future of UAS Program implementation process and technology. PropelUAS’ team of unmanned systems, air traffic control, aviation training, human factors, airports, and aviation strategy experts form an innovative, full-spectrum experience, from ‘Idea’ to ‘Operations’ (IDEA-OPS™). This gives organizations the capability to navigate often complex and overwhelming regulatory channels with a ‘what’s allowed where, what’s not, and where exceptions can be made,’ to its ‘been there, done that’ approach.
PropelUAS differentiates itself from key competitors in the UAS space in its ability to operate as an innovative ‘translator’ across the UAS program implementation process, to navigate key ever-changing regulatory and technology landscape considerations and maximize outcomes within a larger operational context. PropelUAS leverages the latest tools and determines the correct platform, sensor, or software for the job to ensure organizational integration to maximize the bottom line. This creates ROI – Real Operational Impact™ to derive top benefits and value from their UAS programs overall. Its ability to compress public and private sector questions about aviation regulation, compliance, standards, and impacts to ‘near-zero’ and in real-time – saves clients time and money to get programs started as much as 20% faster than a competitor without this knowledge, and getting them back more quickly to focusing on their core business.
Targeting key organizations within a number of industries, including PropelUAS, drives unmatched expertise and value to advance the UAS industry and technology as a whole, focusing on four chief service offerings:
• Safety; and
• Risk Mitigation.
As Law Enforcement is among the top target markets for early roll-out of its expertise and services, PropelUAS officially launched this week at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA)’s annual expo in Reno, NV. PropelUAS’ Andy Osantowske will conduct a technical briefing on the conference center floor titled, “UAS Regulatory Paths of Law Enforcement Organizations,” on July 27, 2017, from 1:00-1:45pm PDT. Other target industries for focus following the initial launch include Emergency Management, First R