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AERACCESS Middle East contract for Hawker Q800X

AERACCESS, the Defence UAS French Expert for missions in Harsh environment and indoor operations, announces a new major contract in the Middle-East.

AERACCESS has received a contract valued at 2M€ from an undisclosed Defence&Security government user in the Middle-East for the delivery of several units of the Hawker Q800X UAS. The ALL Weather patented Q800X is the ultimate solution for over the hill surveillance and reconnaissance. With multi-sensors payloads capabilities, the Q800X brings real-time support solutions, optimising tactical and field operations.

The HAWKER Q800X is a versatile and modular UAV for payloads upto 3 kg. It is designed to evolve in demanding meteorological environment (winds up to 80kph, heavy rain up to 10mm/h). With its encrypted AES 256 datalink and video transmission, the HAWKER Q800X is resistant to cyberattacks. It can also operate in GPS-denied environment in manual mode thanks to its intuitive operator interface and ruggedized control tablet.

« We are very pleased to have been selected on the basis of the full mastering of the complete system. This new major contract confirms the recognition of AERACCESS on the worldwide market as a leader in highlyperforming quadcopters mini and tactical drones for surveillance and reconnaissance. The multi-mission capabilities of the Q800X convinced the users in terms of operations and cost-effectiveness. » said Shehzaad Callachand, CEO of AERACCESS.

Recognized for its expertise in robotics and automated systems, AERACCESS has been successfully developing innovative and complete airborne technological solutions for complex missions in hostile or constrained environments, for both indoor and outdoor applications, for the last seven years.

AERACCESS designs and develops all its systems, vectors, ground stations, turrets and software and can adapt solutions to meet customer specifications which enables them to control the entire value chain. Founded in 2014, and after 3 years of R&D, the company quickly gained influence as a leading manufacturer in the Defence and Homeland Security market by providing solutions able to operate under challenging conditions and environments. The company has more than 80+ defence&security references worldwide, confirming the quality of the solutions brought to the market.

AERACCESS is exhibiting Milipol from the 19th to the 22nd of November in Paris (Parc des expositions – Villepinte). From the multi-mission Q800X to the Nano-Hawk, unique autonomous indoor intelligence drone, the full range of drones is presented to visitors. The « Marinised » version of the Q800, the HawkEye – individual operator drone – are also shown on booth R105 in Hall 5 of the show.

DJI M210 V2 RTK software for PPK processing

Klau Geomatics, industry leader in PPK and PPP applications for aerial mapping, has released a PPK post-processing solution for the new DJI M210 V2 RTK.

The M210, a very popular drone for mapping, now has similar RTK technology to the Phantom4 RTK, capturing photo timing and raw GNSS data. This, with an X7 camera and processing with KlauPPK software, is an effective drone for accurate mapping and inspection.

Klau Geomatics has now developed software to do PPK processing on the data from the M210 V2 RTK. This alleviates the need for an RTK radio link, with limitations in range and poorer results due to patchy or lost data. Surveyors can use their existing survey-grade base station or access CORS data and save the cost of purchasing the DJI RTK base station. Data logged on the DJI base station is also compatible for PPK processing.

PPK uses the complete data sets captured on the drone and at a base station, which could be 20 miles away, then processes this, forwards and backwards, to obtain the most reliable and accurate solution.

The KlauPPK software processes the flight trajectory applies the lever arm correction for each photo (taking into account the tilts of the UAV) and synchronizes the event timing with the photos. Users can output coordinates in any published coordinate system, apply geoid models and generate localized worksite coordinates.

“Mapping customers now have the option of using the high-quality KlauPPK hardware with their X7 on an M210 (or Inspire 2), or they can just buy the KlauPPK software if they have an M210 V2 RTK.

We create solutions for most user choices”, says Rob Klau, Director of Klau Geomatics.

The KlauPPK software for the M210 V2 RTK is US$3000 for a perpetual license and is available free to try. Click here for more details.

First SKELDAR V-200 platforms from Scanfil make way on to frontline ahead of mass production planned for 2020

Close on the heels of German Navy and Royal Canadian Navy contracts UMS SKELDAR gears up production volumes as part of world navy strategy roll out

19th November 2019: The first SKELDAR V-200 Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been manufactured and deployed by international outsource manufacturing contractor Scanfil. It is a milestone that represents a significant boost to production ahead of what is planned to be UMS SKELDAR’s biggest year yet in 2020.

Following major contract wins with the German Navy and Royal Canadian Navy, and important advancements to the flagship SKELDAR V-200 platform over the last 12 months, UMS SKELDAR has entered what (it says) is a critical phase of its growth. Axel Cavalli-Bjorkman, CEO of UMS SKELDAR, the joint venture between Saab and UMS AERO GROUP, explains: “2020 will be a very big year for us, and one where the hard work of the team from the last 18 months will pay off as we fulfil the company’s potential. With the ability to serial produce our pioneering SKELDAR V-200 platform and thanks to further contracts in the pipeline, we are on a high growth trajectory that will place us at the forefront of the global maritime UAV market.”

Cavalli-Bjorkman continues: “We have been extremely impressed by the professionalism and the rigorous standards achieved by the production team. This close relationship with Scanfil is a true partnership of expertise and importantly provides us with the required volume production at a time when our SKELDAR V-200 is being recognised for what it is; one of the best VTOL UAV platforms in its class in the market today.”

Steve Creutz, Managing Director of Scanfil Åtvidaberg, adds: “We are proud to be a partner of UMS SKELDAR at a time when the company is going from strength-to-strength. With our expertise in manufacturing processes, we aim to provide UMS SKELDAR with the depth it needs to fulfil more contracts in the future.”

It is envisaged that the first batches will be produced over the next few months. Alongside, UMS SKELDAR will continue to develop prototypes as it expands software operations, research and development and training solutions. Further ongoing advancements are also being made to the SKELDAR V-200, in line with the company’s declared mission to be at the cutting edge of the VTOL UAV market. The SKELDAR V-200 is unmatched in its ability to provide OPVs with an embedded, eye in the sky intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability to enhance their capacity to perform primary and secondary missions. With its pioneering heavy fuel engine that operates on Jet A-1, JP5 and JP8, alongside an ability to fly for over five hours with multiple payloads and extended time between overhauls (TBO), the SKELDAR V-200 is becoming the global navies’ VTOL UAV of choice.

For more information on UMS SKELDAR, including its world-leading platforms, click on http://umsskeldar.aero/.

Ascent Vision Technologies and U.S. Air Force Completes Latest Phase of X-MADIS Field Testing

Ascent Vision Technologies (AVT) recently completed the next phase of field testing with its counter UAS system, the eXpeditionary Mobile Air Defense Integrated System (X-MADIS), for the U.S. Air Force. The latest event was

conducted at an undisclosed location and focused on optimizing the system for the Air Force’s selected platforms. The testing continues to validate the performance characteristics of the X-MADIS for the Air Force’s programs and provides critical information for documenting operational procedures.

AVT was awarded the contract this summer after months of testing, trials and evaluation across multiple military services and operational spectrums. The contract, which exceeds $23 million, calls for multiple counter UAS systems (CUAS) to be delivered to the Air Force. The first X-MADIS system is scheduled to be delivered to the Air Force in December.

“Our X-MADIS units are in service around the world protecting combat forces, civilians and critical infrastructure, as well as some of the world’s most influential leaders,” said Lee Dingman, President at AVT. “We

are honoured that the U.S. Air Force selected the X-MADIS as their counter UAS solution to effectively fight hostile threats and protect their service members in the field.”

“AVT’s comprehensive training services focus on optimizing the X-MADIS for the mission at hand. We provide tailored training solutions for customers to help them make rapid and informed decisions when responding to sUAS threats.”

The rise of small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) misuse and drone attacks has escalated over the last few years, producing a critical demand for effective CUAS technology. The mission of the X-MADIS is to detect, locate,

track, identify and defeat sUAS by combining the capabilities of radar, optics, radio frequency detection and electronic command and control mitigation of the aircraft. The X-MADIS is unique in that it accomplishes the mission while the unit is static or on the move.

AVT has seen rapid growth this year, notching its strongest year yet for X-MADIS sales. The sales and contract awards are the result of extensive in-field testing and trials to demonstrate the capabilities of the X-MADIS to customers. AVT currently has two X-MADIS systems dedicated for customer demonstrations and training and testing exercises. Another phase of testing with the Air Force will take place later this month to further refine their specific mission parameters.

“With the growing threat of weaponized sUAS, the need for effective and reliable counter UAS technology has never been more crucial,” added Dingman. “Our technology is combat-proven and ready to provide unmatched protection for a range of missions.”

About the X-MADIS

The X-MADIS is a fully integrated counter UAS system (CUAS) that combines the most innovative technologies to offer a powerful fixed site and on-the-move (OTM) solution to combat sUAS threats. The system includes AVT’s pioneering CUAS optic, four all-threat air surveillance radars and an electronic warfare system. These components are seamlessly integrated with AVT’s intuitive command and control (C2) software, CUAS Suite, for complete command and control of the entire kill chain. CUAS Suite is a touchscreen interface that ties all the components together into a user-friendly and rapidly-deployable system.

About Ascent Vision Technologies

Ascent Vision Technologies (AVT) specializes in gyro-stabilized imaging systems, fully integrated solutions and innovative software for ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance), air defence and counter-drone operations for the defence, aerospace and unmanned systems industries. AVT’s pioneering systems are supporting airborne, ground and maritime missions around the world. Founded in 2015 by combat veterans of the U.S. Military, AVT has become a leader in various disciplines, including counter-drone technology, aerial firefighting sensors and surveillance systems, and offers custom innovations as well as a range of field-proven solutions.

For more information, please visit, www.ascentvision.com

DRONERESPONDERS Major Cities Working Group to Support Urban Public Safety UAS Operations

NEW YORK – DRONERESPONDERS – the world’s fastest growing non-profit program supporting public safety UAS – announced the formation of the DRONERESPONDERS Major Cities Working Group designed to unite and assist public safety agencies operating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in urban and large metropolitan areas.

Formalized at the Drone Journalism Leadership Summit held November 13 at the City University of New York (CUNY), charter members of the Major Cities Working Group include representatives from the Fire Department of New York (FDNY), the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), and the New York Police Department (NYPD).

Captain Michael Leo, FDNY, Battalion Chief Richard Fields, LAFD, Anthony DeMolina, sUAS program manager, LAPD, and Detective Deepu John, NYPD, have accepted appointments on the leadership council for the DRONERESPONDERS Major Cities Working Group. They will work directly with DRONERESPONDERS to establish communications with other public safety agencies intent on conducting UAS operations in dense population centers and large metropolitan areas.

“Operating UAS in large urban cities presents a unique set of challenges for public safety agencies,” says Fields. “The Major Cities Working Group will allow larger police and fire departments to work more closely with one another, while also partnering with leading non-profit organizations like AIRT, AUVSI, and NPPA to help identify potential solutions to the complex issues we face.”

The Major Cities Working Group will be administered by DRONERESPONDERS, with additional non-profit organizational support provided by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). AIRT, AUVSI and NPPA will facilitate coordination between public safety agencies, news media organizations, non-governmental organizations, and the unmanned systems industry as needed.

The working group committee of the whole will gather in person at the DRONERESPONDERS Major Cities Meeting during the Global Public Safety UAS Summit from May 4-7 at AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL 2020 in Boston. The group will also meet at least quarterly via web conference. As membership expands and mission requirements evolve, subgroups will be formed to tackle specific issues facing members.

“The DRONERESPONDERS Major Cities Working Group will help insure that large public safety departments have a collective voice in the development of new training and certification standards surrounding the use of drones by first responders,” says Charles Werner, director of the DRONERESPONDERS program and retired fire chief.

“As we work towards establish formal standards surrounding public safety drone operations, we must ensure the unique needs and requirements of large cities are accurately represented,” adds John. “The DRONERESPONDERS Major Cities Working Group will provide a forum for big-city departments to have our voices heard, while also fostering direct communications between major UAS programs in different regions.”

Membership in the DRONERESPONDERS Major Cities Working Group is complimentary and open to representatives from public safety agencies and jurisdictions representing the world’s largest cities and metropolitan areas with a population of 500,000 or greater. To request membership in the DRONERESPONDERS Major Cities Working Group, please email [email protected] or visit majorcities.droneresponders.org

FLIR Introduces StormCaster Payload Family for its SkyRaider and SkyRanger Unmanned Aerial Systems

FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) announced today the FLIR StormCaster™family of Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) payloads for its SkyRanger® R70 and R80D SkyRaider® airframes. The new line launches with two multi-sensor products –StormCaster-T, which delivers continuous zoom and longwave infrared (LWIR) imaging; and StormCaster-L, which provides ultra-low-light imaging, tracking, and mapping.

StormCaster represents FLIR Systems’ next generation payload family for the company’s own UAS airframes gained through the acquisition of Aeryon Labs in February 2019. The new line reflects a leap forward in scalable performance, offering a 7X improvement in line-of-sight stabilization, enhanced range of motion, and greater geolocation accuracy – all in a rugged package. Interoperability across the StormCaster family enables users to quickly and easily change modules on the FLIR SkyRanger and SkyRaider UAS systems. The StormCaster line will leverage continuing improvements in aircraft performance, providing small units with the organic capability to conduct increasingly demanding missions such as intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR).

“StormCaster-L and –T are just the beginning of this new line of advanced, high-performance payloads for our small, tactical UAS platforms,” said David Ray, president of the Government and Defense Business Unit at FLIR. “For mission needs ranging from force protection and border security to clandestine operations, FLIR StormCaster will provide heightened situational awareness, bolstered by our aircraft’s onboard, real-time artificial intelligence.

“We will develop more multi-sensorpayloads through 2020 that deliver on our promise to offer capabilities at the individual operator level that previously required larger, more expensive UAS,” Ray added.

The StormCaster-T features a FLIR Boson thermal camera to support detection, recognition, identification, and target acquisition day or night, with maximum range and time-on-station. Its continuous zoom lens, with a 75-millimeter maximum focal length, permits long distance ISR while providing clear, actionable imagery. The StormCaster-L ultra-low-light imaging camera offers superior ISR and mapping performance during twilight and nighttime operations. Key features include 4K recorded video and full-color night vision in low-light conditions.

Developed for United States (U.S.) defense and federal agencies, the R80D SkyRaider delivers a range of versatile Group 2 and 3 payload capabilities with the agility and single-operator deployment footprint of a proven Group 1 Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft. SkyRaider can carry and deliver multiple payloads up to 4.4 pounds and features an open architecture, plus one of the most powerful embedded AI computing devices available on a sUAS. Similar in capabilities to the R80D but for non-U.S. military customers, the SkyRanger R70 was designed for the most demanding UAS operators within the global defense, security, and public safety markets.

The new StormCaster payloads are available for purchase today. For more on FLIR StormCaster offerings, visit www.flir.com/StormCaster-L and www.flir.com/StormCaster-T.

Auterion and Avy collaborate in innovative VTOL UAV for BVLOS operations

Auterion and Avy, a pioneer in innovative unmanned aviation technologies with a focus on life-saving missions and applications, today announced a partnership to enable a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) drone for medical deliveries, public safety, sustainable logistics, and wildlife conservation operations.

Use cases for drones are becoming increasingly popular as more operators search for solutions to enable long-range, beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) missions while maintaining safety and compliance. This partnership addresses these new demands with the introduction of the Avy Aera VTOL winged drone, for long-distance flights with modular payload capabilities and integrated avionics systems.

The Avy Aera drone will leverage the complete Auterion software platform, including the operating system, Auterion Enterprise PX4, the Auterion Ground Station software for flight planning, and Auterion Insights for flight, safety, and compliance management.

“The Avy Aera gives emergency services, mapping companies, and medical delivery enterprises a new tool to cover large areas in a short time. The integration around open standards makes it easy for operators to integrate the Avy Aera drones within their existing services,” said Kevin Sartori, Auterion co-founder.

Designed to meet the latest EU regulations and with a range of over 100 km carrying cargo or sensor payloads up to 1,5 kg, the Avy Aera is equipped with onboard redundant communication links (RF, LTE, Satlink) and ADS-B transponder. Avy Aera is able to operate BVLOS and is compliant with the upcoming EASA regulations, by following the SORA framework.

“By taking our technological performance one step further and focusing on operations, we’ve developed an aircraft that is ready for the strict aviation regulations and to operate over densely populated areas. The Avy Aera is quick, sleek, reliable, and equipped to disrupt the aviation ecosystem,” said Patrique Zaman, CEO of Avy.

The Avy Aera drone solution will be showcased at the Amsterdam Drone Week conference on December 4-6, 2019.

WhiteFox Secures Remote ID for World’s Largest Drone Manufacturer

WhiteFox, a global leader in drone security, develops capabilities to pioneer the safe integration of drones into society and offers worldwide airspace management solutions. In conjunction with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the Transglobal Secure Collaboration Program (TSCP), the world’s largest drone manufacturer DJI used WhiteFox’s capability to secure drone and operator identity during the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Drone Enable 3 Symposium.

ICAO is a United Nations specialized agency representing aviation sectors from 193 Member States, and setting standards and recommended practices for civil aviation operations around the world. The demonstration was conducted as part of ICAO’s proceedings.

During the demonstration, DJI drones broadcasted their identity using the new, proposed ASTM standard for drone remote identification, and were cryptographically verified by WhiteFox cloud services, providing an unforgeable link between the drone and operator’s identity. The standard supports a variety of receivers, including smartphones, laptops, and dedicated hardware, all using widely deployed technologies, such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

WhiteFox Head of Autonomous Vehicle Security Dr. Zachary Peterson said, “It is important we do Remote ID security right, and it is also important that it be optional. It’s possible not all airspaces will require security, but within spaces that do, we must be assured of the true identity of both a drone and its operator. Without security, my drone can be your drone, a police drone—it can be anything I want.”

“One of the things we know we need to have…is we know we need for drones to be able to identify themselves initially, so that law enforcement or a security service can understand who’s flying the drone, and what its purpose is,” stated Stephen Creamer, ICAO’s Director of Air Navigation Bureau, during the Industry Successes panel at the United Nations ICAO Drone Enable 3 Symposium.

Creamer continued, “We want to show Secure Remote ID to demonstrate the flexibility and the power of the ASTM standard when it’s coupled with some core concepts associated with registration and the evolving trust framework…essentially [allowing] us to digitize certification and identification globally for all aviation where it matters for safety.”

The proposed standard is currently before the FAA for adoption and rule-making, which will provide a framework around issues such as which airspace will require Secure Remote ID, such as large public events, prisons, and critical infrastructure.

“Secure Remote ID is a policy initiative WhiteFox has spent several years advocating for, and we’re encouraged to see momentum behind a critical concept that will provide real accountability and expanded use of our airspace systems. It’s received a lot of support from industry, regulators, and lawmakers, and this marks an important step in formalizing trusted identity in aviation,” said Luke Fox, WhiteFox founder and CEO.

WhiteFox recently met with White House officials to address the need for universally applied General Remote ID, and regulatory requirements for Secure Remote ID. WhiteFox has published a white paper outlining the discussion, viewable here.

About WhiteFox: Headquartered in California, WhiteFox’s mission is to keep the sky open for responsible pilots by creating solutions that advance drone technology for a better world. Find them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

DroneShield to Protect 30th SEA Games

DroneShield Ltd (ASX:DRO or DRO.AU) (“DroneShield” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has been contracted to provide counter-drone protection for the 30th Southerneast Asian Games held in the Philippines from 30 November 2019 to 11 December 2019. The Games are expected to include 11 participating nations and approximately 9,000 athletes, and consist of 530 events across 56 sports. The event is expected to attract an audience of approximately 500 million viewers.

DroneShield has sold, and received payment for, several of its products for the deployment at the Games. Additionally, the event will be utilised as a product demonstration opportunity to a large number of event security organisers, law enforcement and militaries across the region and globally.

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Funk St. Outfitters Commuterpak

I have a problem when it comes to the amount of gear I carry. The problem isn’t the amount of items—it’s that I can never seem to find the perfect bag to carry all of it. And if I’m being honest, the real problem is that I enjoy looking for the perfect bag, so I have a lot of them. I’m going to share one of my absolute favorites with you.

The Commuterpak by Funk St. Outfitters is a bag that started off as a crowd-funded campaign. It did incredibly well, and unlike many campaigns, it actually delivered on what it promised. The bag is a compact and lightweight everyday carry (EDC) bag that’s equally comfortable carrying your personal items as it is camera gear.

An EDC bag has to meet specific criteria to remain in my collection. It needs to safely carry the basics, like wallet, keys, pencil, notebook, and iPad or Android tablet. It also needs to be inconspicuous so that I can carry it without fear of being robbed. And most important, the “D” has to stand for “drone,” as in “Everyday Drone Carry.”The Commuterpak checked all these boxes and more. It’s made out of a

durable and lightweight honeycomb ripstop material that is weather resistant.

It’s equipped with AquaGuard zippers to help keep the water out, and it has

reflective trim to make you visible at night.

I pack this bag with a Mavic Pro 2 and two spare batteries as well as my

keys, wallet, phone, and other personal items. The bag has some padding on

the back, which allows for it sit comfortably against your body, and it can be

worn as a sling, a satchel, or even a waist pack. It’s comfortable in all three

orientations. It doesn’t have any additional padding to protect your items, but I

find that it provides enough protection for a bag that is intended to be on your

person and give you quick and easy access to all your gear.

Speaking of easy access, the Commuterpak is equipped with a Fidlock

buckle, which is a magnetic self-aligning type of buckle that, once latched,

does not let go. It’s simple to open using just one hand, even if you’re wearing

gloves.

The Commuterpak by Funk St. Outfitters is a great addition for your “Everyday Drone Carry” needs. The bag costs $79.00, and for a limited time, use the code “DRONE5” to receive a discount.—Robert Rodriguez