Applied Technology Institute (ATIcourses) offers the courses below on UAV technology .
|Unmanned Aircraft Systems-Sensing, Payloads & Products||Jan 26-29, 2015||Boston, MA|
|Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Guidance & Control||On Site||Your Facility|
|Unmanned Air Vehicle Design||Feb 17-19, 2015||Columbia, MD|
|Unmanned Aircraft System Fundamentals||Feb 24-26, 2015||Columbia, MD|
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The U.S. Army’s Natick Soldier Research Center has come up with a program known as CP-ISR or Cargo Pocket Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance program. Their effort is to develop, build and field a pocket sized drone that can be carried by the individual soldier and that can fly into those buildings and around those walls to see what lurks there to do bodily harm to the soldiers.
Currently there are several defense R&D firms working toward this goal but Prox Dynamics’ PD-100 Black Hornet is the one closest to being a fieldable reality:
The palm sized Prox Dynamics’ PD-100 Black Hornet only weighs in at 16 grams. With a flight time of nearly a half an hour, it can venture out both vertically and horizontally, into villages and buildings, to provide real time intelligence via streaming video from any of its three cameras. Because of its quiet electronic motors and small size, the little spy drone is almost completely undetectable.
We knew it was only a matter of time till this type of tech was a reality on the battle field. We know hobbyists have been dabbling into mini helo’s before but I think the leap from hobby to war fighter is in the miniaturization of quality optics and batteries that last a usable amount of time.
We can see eventually these things given lethal abilities, which will make the battle field even that much more scary for anyone coming up against a unit that possesses this tech.