Unmanned Systems Technology 022 | XOcean XO-450 l Radar systems l Space vehicles insight l Small Robot l BMPower FCPS l Prismatic HALE UAV l InterDrone 2018 show report l UpVision l Navigation systems

3 October/November 2018 | Contents Unmanned Systems Technology | October/November 2018 04 I ntro In reporting about developments in autonomous systems, we need to remember the business models that underpin them 06 Platform one: Mission-critical info Cargo UAV for long-distance freight transport, open-source inertial navigation stack, self-righting surface vessel, metal 3D printer far outstrips productivity of its competitors, and more 18 I n conversation: John Vernon DroneUp’s CTO explains the development path behind the company’s app-based UAV services system 22 D ossier: XOcean XO-450 How a ‘data as a service’ concept for maritime customers informed the design of this hybrid USV 34 F ocus: Radar systems New radar technologies are allowing sense-and-avoid systems to be used on a growing range of unmanned platforms 44 I nsight: Space systems New technologies are opening launch windows for some ambitious unmanned projects around the Solar System 50 Digest: The Small Robot Company Details of this company’s precision agriculture systems and its fresh take on the model of delivery 56 D ossier: BMPower fuel cell system Need to extend the flight time of an electric UAV? This could be just the thing you’re looking for 68 D igest: Prismatic HALE UAV How the prototype of this craft became a product in its own right 74 Show report: InterDrone 2018 Details of some of the new products unveiled this prestigious North American UAV exhibition 82 I n operation: UpVision The story behind mapping the largest copper mine in Asia 88 Focus: Navigation systems We examine how new GNSS receiver technologies are rising to the challenge of providing more accurate navigation 98 PS: UAVs and blockchain Bitcoin cryptography looks set to be used to secure data comms 44 82 50 06 22