Category Archives: Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)

Global Hawk UAS and and the US Navy’s Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) system

ATI teaches courses on unmanned aerial surveillance system (UAS). ATIcourses posts interesting updates on UAS systems.

UASCOMMON ‘GLOBAL HAWK’ EFFORT: US Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton Schwartz, & US Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Gary Roughead, signed 12 June a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA seeking to maximize commonality, eliminate redundant effort and increase interoperability between the Air Force’s RQ-4 ‘Global Hawk’ high latitude/long endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial surveillance system (UAS), and the US Navy’s Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) system, which utilizes the same UAS platform. The MoA directs specific actions to achieve an integrated training, maintenance and operational approach based on platform similarities, and directs the establishment of a Synergies Working Group to identify basing, personnel, aircraft C2, logistics, and data requirements commonalities. Initial operating capability for forward-deployed, land-based, remotely-operated BAMS units is scheduled for 2015. The ‘Global Hawk’ platform has previously been advanced as the most logical solution to the Australia’s project Air 7000/1B requirements.

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Sensing and Tracking the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Oil Spill and Ocean Observations Resources:

Many of ATI instructors and students are interested in the DeepWater Horizon oil spill. NASA is using remote sensing to track the spill. Oceanographers are using gliders to make measurements. Here are some useful links.

Rutgers University has a new IOOS-Oil Spill Website: that includes a blog with daily updates of assets in the water. “May 25: It has been a busy day in the Gulf. Many teams are joining the effort, and the effort represents the largest and most distributed ocean glider effort in history. While there is a lot of effort, the highest priority is remain outside the operations of BP as it tries sealing the leak tomorrow… Also received input that NAVO has launched 2 Seagliders and drifters in the last few days. We also received an update from Breck Owens (WHOI) and Dan Rudnick (Scripps) are joining the effort… The second Rutgers glider and the University of Delaware glider should be shipped out tomorrow to the Mote team for deployment. We also got a late day update from the Mote team where the glider “Waldo” was launched late today and the data will be flowing the web sites. Data updates to follow tomorrow. For the Rutgers IOOS glider it continues heading offhsore. The two layer system shows a highly stratfied system. Interestingly we see chlorophyll increasing in the offshore bottom waters.7 “[sic]

The website also provides Google Earth KMZs – gliders, satellites, hf-radar, models. For example see the HYCOM Forecast of SSH, SST, Surface Salinity and Density with Currents – Data Provided Courtesy of the HYCOM Consortium

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Army use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) or called Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) for defense.

ATI’s 1-day professional development course Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) provides a great background for understanding current and future systems covered in this road map.

This is a document with lots of specific information about Army use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) for defense. It includes specific information about current UAS.
“Eyes of the Army:” U. S. Army Roadmap for Unmanned Aircraft Systems 2010-2035, April 2010