Unmanned Ground Systems: A Quieter Path to Autonomy

Unmanned Ground Systems (UGS) are poised to generate a significant societal impact through 2040.  Aerial and maritime (UAS and UMS, respectively) will continue to garner headlines and make waves, but in terms of every day impact, ground systems are where the rubber will meet the road. UAS and UMS will continue to grow and penetrate… Continue reading Unmanned Ground Systems: A Quieter Path to Autonomy

An Implementation Strategy for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

An implementation strategy should follow a well-defined hierarchy of considerations that moves from general requirements down to a narrow guideline for actual flight operations.  Taking this into account, a process might follow a protocol such as: Define the mission requirements and justify the use of UAV over manned vehicles; Use mission requirements to define UAV… Continue reading An Implementation Strategy for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

To boldly go…

Is it worth the cost to continue sending humans into space when technology is advancing rapidly in robotics and unmanned “flight?”  Robin McKie, writing for The Observer, presents an argument for the less popular automated future (2014).   By centering the debate firmly around cost, the debate is framed as a return on investment in scientific… Continue reading To boldly go…

Infrastructure may be the key…

On March 15, 2017, Mr. Marco Cava wrote for the USA Today about the cloudy future of autonomous cars.  Capturing the concerns, Mr. Cava wrote, “While there remains a general feeling of technological inevitability about self-driving vehicles, industry experts remain concerned about the shift’s looming logistical, legal and social ramifications.”  Indeed, there is an inevitability… Continue reading Infrastructure may be the key…