I went to the AUVSI (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International) conference In Washington DC from Febraury 27-29. Each day focused on a different type of unmanned system. The first day was exclusively ground systems, the second day was maritime systems and the third day was air systems.

For the most part, the presentations were military related. One point that was repeated again and again during all three days was the need for integration and interoperability. The military wants systems that can work easily with other systems, and they are pushing for the development of standards. They want standard controls, interfaces, and procedures for unmanned systems, so that soldiers do not need to be retrained for each system.

The picture above is BAI Aerosystems EVOLUTION_XTS. It is an ~8lb aircraft. It has a modular design, the nose and wings detach quickly. It fits in a large backpack, and can be launched by hand, bungee cord, or with a rifle style pneumatic launcher.

These are commercial automated pilot systems made by Athena Controls. The small orange object on the bottom left is a starburst candy included for scale.

Also, here is the SWIPER from Emman Aerospace

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Comment by Peter Klemperer on March 2, 2008 at 7:32pm
That bottom one is so small, it looks like the same sort of scale as my T-Hawk. Very neat. Thanks for the report!
Comment by Patrick Egan on March 2, 2008 at 8:52pm

Thanks for the update amigo. I’m going to the AUVSI meeting here that the Silicon Valley chapter is hosting, March 4th. A few industry guys are going to talk about were they see NAS integration standards going. I’ll try and do a small perceptive after...
Comment by Jack Crossfire on March 3, 2008 at 7:30pm
Standards R everywhere. They might be good for business, but many a
hobbyist has implemented DLNA only to wonder why they needed all that
just to get a cheaper media center. The main reason for most standards
is so the committee can travel to exotic places for the meetings.
Hopefully we won't be sucked into a world where every PID loop needs to
support OpenCopter CTP-I16-EVAL-N.
Comment by Cronselaar on July 25, 2011 at 12:41am
Just saw this... The botom model is just a cheap chinese Wingdragon that was painted grey...


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