4 episodes

From the battlefield to the consumer world, hear how innovators use unmanned systems technology to drive top-line acceleration ROI.

The Impact of Unmanned Systems Wind River

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From the battlefield to the consumer world, hear how innovators use unmanned systems technology to drive top-line acceleration ROI.

    Episode IV: Technological capabilities for Autonomous Flight

    Episode IV: Technological capabilities for Autonomous Flight

    Autonomous operation is a capability at the core of new mobility and surveillance solutions. While a few drones can already fly without a user directing its path, this technology is still emerging. Together with dynamic routing, battery performance, collision avoidance tech, location tech, and integrated air-traffic-management (ATM) systems, the new mobility ecosystem is taking shape. This episode looks at the subsystem-related issues for air mobility initiatives, from hardware platforms to software capabilities such as artificial intelligence, virtualization, and built-in cybersecurity. Guests: Francis Govers, Autonomy Lead for Advanced Vertical Lift Systems, Bell Flight and Matt Jones, Chief Systems Architect, Wind River.

    • 38 min
    Episode III: Drones in commercial airspace: A path to safety

    Episode III: Drones in commercial airspace: A path to safety

    Getting drones to fly in civilian space brings new challenges from a safety certification standpoint. New operators must comply with regulatory requirements both on a device level and on an air management level in order to protect the lives of the people on the ground and in the air vehicle. Consider iterative route planning. Should UASs be able to alter routes based on new information, or must air-mobility solutions always stick with the path specified at the outset? On the technical side, the issue of integrating unmanned traffic management (UTM) with current airspace-management systems also deserves attention. Guests: Paul Hart,  Curtis Wright Fellow and CTO, Avionics Business, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions and Gareth Noyes, CTO and Chief Strategy Officer, Wind River.

    • 35 min
    Episode II: Tracking the Commercial Drone Market

    Episode II: Tracking the Commercial Drone Market

    The commercial market for unmanned vehicles is closing in on the peak of its hype cycle. The United States has been a particularly strong source of commercial growth, with the value of drone activity rising from $40 million in 2012 to about $1 billion in 2017. By 2026, it is estimated that commercial drones will have an annual impact of $31 billion to $46 billion on the country’s GDP. What are some of the use cases and business models that have been validated and show the most promise? From surveillance to air cargo operations moving goods between warehouses, it all relies on advancements in batteries, software determinism and enhanced data processing. Guests: Ron Stearns, Consulting Director, Aerospace, Defense, & Security, North America, with Frost & Sullivan and Alex Wilson, Director of Business Development for Aerospace and Defense at Wind River.

    • 49 min
    Autonomous beginnings: UAVs on the battlefield

    Autonomous beginnings: UAVs on the battlefield

    Unmanned systems are huge growth area for commercial markets and a common instrument for militaries across the globe, but that was not always the case. This episode covers how Unmanned Systems first became force multipliers on the battlefield and how they are used now to realize the vision of the multi-domain battlefield, highlighting insights that commercial companies can leverage based on decades of military operations. Although some of the most innovative drone applications may take years to develop, stakeholders—government officials, investors, regulators, members of the UAS industry, and corporate adopters—must understand how the landscape is evolving and begin refining their UAS strategies now if they want to branch beyond their current uses and capture additional value. Guests: Dr. Kristin Griffin, Senior Director, Strategy, Northrop Grumman and Ray Petty, VP of Global Aerospace & Defense at Wind River.

    • 37 min

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