AV in the News

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Source: AeroVironment Inc. The small unmanned aviation systems unit for the Ventura County (Calif.) Sheriff’s Office recently used an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone, to assist in the search and rescue of a missing hiker.   -> View More

Source: AeroVironment Inc. A U.S. Coast Guard cutter for the first time used unmanned aircraft to help it navigate the frozen continent’s icy inlet during a crucial summertime mission.   -> View More

Source: AeroVironment Inc. A recent example of maritime UAS operations was a National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Center of Excellence for Unmanned Technologies test mission. A team from the California State University Channel Islands was invited to see how the Puma AE works during a test mission on the research vessel R/V Shearwater, sailing from Santa Barbara Harbor in central California to the Santa Barbara Channel.   -> View More

Source: AeroVironment Inc. AeroVironment has implemented the IEEE 2030.5 standard in its model EVSE-RS EV charging station, one of the most widely deployed home EV chargers in North America. “The IEEE 2030.5 standard is accepted and increasingly used as a communications protocol for many types of devices, including solar smart inverters,” said Alec Brooks, Chief Technology Officer for AeroVironment’s Efficient Energy Systems business segment. “The marketplace is moving towards open standards with independent validation, and IEEE 2030.5 represents a compelling solution. The results of the UL and QualityLogic testing will increase the adoption rate for this standard and will help AeroVironment meet key criteria for deployment of new grid-tied technologies, such as electric vehicles, which we are actively supporting. It also ensures secure and reliable communications for our customers.”   -> View More

Source: AeroVironment Inc. Duke Energy examines the use of small unmanned aerial systems with advanced camera payloads. In the electric utility business, safety is at the core of everything a utility does. Utility personnel ask these questions every day: How safe are we? What can we do to perform any task more safely? From the safety standpoint, the use of sUAS has numerous advantages over traditional methods.   -> View More

Source: AeroVironment Inc. The UAS flew missions at multiple monk seal breeding populations within Hawaii’s Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. NOAA will use the data to examine seal population trends and threats through census counts and by identifying individual seals by observing scars and applying hair dye and flipper tags, which can be seen from the UAS.   -> View More

Source: AeroVironment Inc. (defensa.com) Fuentes del Ejército de Tierra han confirmado a defensa.com que esperan disponer para finales del año próximo de aproximadamente 20 sistemas aéreos remotamente pilotados (RPAs según la nueva denominación oficial) Raven dotados con la nueva cámara gimbal. Se trata de una modernización similar a la que están llevando a cabo las Fuerzas Armadas estadounidenses y que consiste en la instalación en el RQ-11B Raven DDL (Digital Data link) de una cámara orientable que permite al operador mantenerse más fácilmente sobre el objetivo.   -> View More

Source: AeroVironment Inc. Somewhere among ridges of sea ice, more than 20 miles from shore in the Arctic waters off Alaska’s northern coast, an orange six-person raft is floating. But instead of a person, the small vessel’s passenger is a thermal dummy, designed to emit a human heat signature.

In the gray sky 500 feet above, an unmanned aircraft flies a search pattern, scanning the Beaufort Sea for signs of the simulated sinking survivor. Operators of the Puma drone, working from an installation at Oliktok Point and also aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy, monitor live feeds from the aircraft’s camera and from its infrared sensors.

The rescuers-in-training look for signs of the lifeboat they know is out there.   -> View More

Source: AeroVironment Inc. HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Drones could help detect damaged power lines

  • FAA issued Duke an exemption in June to use the devices

  • Utility says response time in storms could improve

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Source: AeroVironment Inc. Besides military applications, these same skills Soldiers are learning today in Louisiana can later be used back home in Iowa as part of emergency response efforts. These same UAVs can also be used to provide real-time images to first responders during tornadoes, floods, or other natural disasters.   -> View More

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