USE Network launch I UAV Works VALAQ l Cable harnesses l USVs insight l Xponential 2020 update l MARIN AUV l Suter Industries TOA 288 l Vitirover l AI systems l Vtrus ABI

Read all back issues online USE Network launch Answers to your technical questions Circuit makers Focus on cable harnesses UST 32 : JUNE/JULY 2020 UK £15,USA$30,EUROPE e 22 Range finder HowUAVWorks’ Valaq tail-sitter compares to standard multicopters in the endurance stakes 4 In these challenging times we’re all facing, innovation continues regardless, perhaps none more so than in the unmanned sector. The engineers who serve the industry continue to deliver with unrivalled imagination and speed. To help accelerate this process further we’re delighted to announce the launch of our Unmanned Systems Engineering (USE) Network. Over the past six years we’ve worked tirelessly to build this magazine into a trusted, independent, communications hub for the world of unmanned systems engineering. The USE Network is a natural next step, and consists of technical consultants, scientific researchers and engineering firms, who are all on hand to solve the challenges with designing, manufacturing and operating unmanned vehicles, and the systems that support them.  The USE Network philosophy is based entirely on teamwork. It will provide unmanned enterprises with the technical support and connections they need to implement efficient and sustainable technological solutions. Take for example two of the companies featured in this issue. First, UAV Works with its VALAQ family of UAVs (page 24) is looking to build a completely 3D-printed alternative to its current platform, as well as further developing the auxiliary electronics and choosing a definitive data link system. Meanwhile MARIN (page 62) is looking for improvements in its modular AUVs’ endurance in order to move to sea trials, which will require a rethink of their current power system. Does either company need to work alone in determining the best solutions to match their requirements? The answer is no! The USE Network has been developed to help further understand the specifics of the technical challenges that members of this community want to overcome, and to help find the best solutions provider for each task. By sending a technical enquiry to the USE Network you will have unrivalled access to problem-solvers. Every enquiry is treated with the same due diligence, whether it is sourcing a relevant component or helping you find technical partners for an unmanned systems project.  There is no cost, no commitment, no small print. Access to the USE Network is free of charge. Just send any technical enquiries that you need assistance with or clarification on, or an alternative viewpoint, to [email protected]  and we’ll take on the task of helping. All enquiries will be treated as strictly confidential and your contact information will be protected. We look forward to hearing from you. Simon Moss | Publishing Director Connecting, developing, sourcing, solving Intro | June/July 2020 Editorial Director Ian Bamsey Assistant Editor Guy Richards Technology Editor Nick Flaherty Contributors Peter Donaldson, Rory Jackson Technical Consultants Paul Weighell Ian Williams-Wynn Dr Donough Wilson Design Andrew Metcalfe [email protected] UST Ad Sales Please direct all enquiries to Simon Moss [email protected] Subscriptions Freya Williams [email protected] Publishing Director Simon Moss General Manager Chris Perry Volume Six | Issue Four June/July 2020 High Power Media Limited Whitfield House, Cheddar Road, Wedmore, Somerset, BS28 4EJ, England Tel: +44 (0)1934 713957 ISSN 2056-9823 Printed in Great Britain ©High Power Media All rights reserved. Reproduction (in whole or in part) of any article or illustration without the written permission of the publisher is strictly prohibited. While care is taken to ensure the accuracy of information herein, the publisher can accept no liability for errors or omissions. Nor can responsibility be accepted for the content of any advertisement. SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions are available from High Power Media at the address above or directly from our website. Overseas copies are sent via air mail. UST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS 1 year subscription – 15% discount: UK – £75; Europe – £90 USA – £93.75; ROW – £97.50 2 year subscription – 25% discount: UK – £135; Europe – £162 USA – £168.75; ROW – £175.50 Make cheques payable to High Power Media. Visa, Mastercard, Amex and UK Maestro accepted. Quote card number and expiry date (also issue/start date for Maestro) ALSO FROM HPM THE COMMUNICATIONS HUBOF THE RACING POWERTRAINWORLD FEBRUARY/MARCH 2020 USA$25,UK £12.50,EUROPE e 18 PORSCHE: V4REVOLUTION Secrets of a dominating ultra-lean-burn hybrid June/July 2020 | Unmanned Systems Technology