What are the uses of UAS systems?
UAS technology possesses the ability to significantly expand our ability to fulfill many mission requirements safer, with less cost, and less environmental impact than he traditional method. Just a few such missions include:
- Agricultural drones – Drones are used to inspect farmland and crops to assist in the more precise and conservative allocation of water, fertilizer, pesticide and other cultivation methods to maximize crop production. Drones can also be used to locate sick or injured livestock to help ranchers deploy veterinary care.
- Defensive drones — Equipped with non-lethal weapons such as tear gas or sound cannons, these drones are used to provide crowd control or to prevent piracy or vandalism in remote areas, preserving law enforcement resources.
- Delivery drones — Originally developed for the military to deliver goods to ground troops, these drones are equipped with a delivery system and are able to remotely drop items or gently place items in a desired target area. Some big shipping companies like DHL and Amazon have begun to implement these types of deliveries to minimize shipping times, overhead costs, and dangerous driving conditions.
- Forestry – UAVs are often used to monitor for early warning of wildfire activity, and to assess situations for firefighting planning.
- Geology – Geological surveys are greatly assisted by drones, which can cover vast spaces and carry scanning and photographic equipment to collect information from afar.
- Hydrology – Drones are used to monitor water situations to prevent potential floods and to help with the management and decision making process for dams and water infrastructure.
- Mineralogy/mining – UAVs can help determine the presence of minerals, and assisting the management of mining operations with visual and scanner inspections, aided by drones.
- Monitoring drones — Equipped with both standard and infrared cameras as well as sensitive weather instrumentation, these drones are used to monitor a variety of areas. For example, drones equipped with these cameras and instruments are used to help prevent street crimes. These drones are also used for reconnaissance missions as well as other military functions.
- Photography/videography drones — These drones are becoming more popular in the movie industry to provide sweeping vistas and location footage. Prior to drone technology, aerial photos and videos had to be taken from an airplane or helicopter, and this process was very expensive. Now that commercial drones have become available, photographers and videographers of all kinds can get those stunning shots without the big budget.
- Volcanic activity – Volcanic areas that are unsafe for people or even on-the-ground equipment are accessible by drone.
- Wildlife monitoring – Onboard cameras and scanners can be used to monitor the presence and numbers of specific wildlife less intrusively than human teams or on-the-ground equipment.
What Types of UAS Consulting Does the Tech Center Offer?
We have extensive experience with aviation safety programs. Our consultants innovated some of the risk management and compliance standards for UAS operations.
With an extensive network of contacts across the UAS industry, we can help make connections and establish supply chains and problem-solving protocols for companies starting UAS and UAV programs.
We can act as a third party (or connect you with a third party) to observe and monitor deployment of UAS systems in the field to confirm compliance with your established policy and ensure established inventory controls are practiced.
Coordinate UAS airspace requirements. Work with customers and FAA representatives to develop and implement procedures for requesting and scheduling airspace and land access for training and operational missions. Compile and submit requests for FAA Certificates of Authorization (COA).
Develop, prepare, review, and evaluate technical contract specifications using ISO 9001 QMS processes for UAS and other aviation procurements. Coordinate technical specification efforts with other subject matter experts.