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Now displaying: December, 2020
Dec 29, 2020

Are we close to seeing drone highways in the skies?

Nicholas Flom is Executive Director for the Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site.  The North Plans UAS Test Site was designated by the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct critical research into the certification and operational requirements necessary to safely integrate UAS into the national airspace system.  Recently, the Northern Plains Test Site unveiled Vantis, a platform set to become the nation’s first statewide network for drones. Think of it as a highway in the sky for UAS. 

Prior to becoming the Executive Director, Nick was the Director of Safety responsible for chairing the Independent Safety Review Board for the Test Site, implementing their Safety Management System and ensuring that safety is the test site's highest priority.

In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Nick talks about the Northern Plains Test Site, the Vantis UAS system and how it will safely open the skies to unmanned vehicles. 

Dec 22, 2020

What Happens when the GPS goes Out?

Sanjiv Singh is CEO of Near Earth Autonomy, a Pittsburg based company that is creating a future where autonomous flight is commonplace and safe.  Near Earth’s technology allows aircraft to autonomously take-off, fly, and land safely, with or without GPS. Their solutions enable aerial mobility and inspection applications for partners in the commercial and defense sectors.

Sanjiv leads the technical and business strategy for the company. He brings 25 years of experience in autonomous ground and air vehicles operating in extreme environments. Key area of his expertise are in perception and planning for air and ground vehicles. In addition, he specializes in the coordination of human and robotic teams. Sanjiv obtained his PhD in Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University in 1995 and has since been on the faculty at the Robotics Institute. Sanjiv is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Field Robotics. 

In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Sanjiv talks about Near Earth Autonomy, the company’s ground breaking technology and the future of robotic flight.

Dec 15, 2020

Can Machine Learning Advance Beyond Visual Line of Sight Operations?

Iris Automation is a safety avionics technology company pioneering Detect-and-Avoid systems and aviation policy services that enable customers to build scalable Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations for commercial drones.  The cutting edge software solution uses machine learning and computer vision to continually fine tune its capabilities on a low size, weight, and power hardware module that integrates easily onboard Unmanned Aircraft Systems allowing them to fly safely at long distances and without human intervention.

Jon Damush is CEO of Iris Automation. Jon has over 30 years of extensive aviation technology experience and executive leadership, building upon his technical background in engineering, software development and systems integration. Most recently he led new business ventures at Boeing NeXT. Before that he was Chief Growth Officer at Insitu, Inc., a Boeing subsidiary, developing novel aircraft and UAS innovation including detect-and-avoid. He was also a Boeing executive liaison and board observer to SkyGrid, LLC, a joint venture between Boeing and SparkCognition. 

James Howard is a mechatronics engineer, roboticist and entrepreneur. James worked at Boeing and Insitu Pacific on computer vision research for drones such as the Scaneagle. At Spire Global, he helped build and launch their first four commercial satellites, seeing first hand the insides of a successful, highly technical aerospace startup. Additionally, in his first year of university he co-founded AniRevo Events as Director of Sales and has helped it grow successfully to a 14,000+ attendee annual event that is expanding globally. 

In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Jon and James talk about Iris Automation, the company’s innovative Casia detect and avoid technology, and how machine learning can help make the skies safer for UAS operations.

Dec 8, 2020

Can a coaxial drone deliver exceptional service and performance? 

Peter Fuchs is CEO and co-founder of Ascent AeroSystems.  Ascent AeroSystems designs and manufactures unique "coaxial" drones that are more portable and durable than conventional multi-rotors. The rugged cylinder-shaped vehicles scale to any size and are ideal for industrial, public safety and military markets where mission-critical operations in tough environments are the norm.   A life-long enthusiast of anything related to aviation, Peter began his career as a professional pilot, and since leaving the flightdeck his experience includes roles in finance, operations, management consulting, mergers and acquisitions and corporate strategy.

In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Peter talks about Ascent AeroSystems, the company’s new Spirit Arrow coaxial drone, and how it offers an alternative to mission critical UAS applications. 

Dec 1, 2020

Can a drone save lives by delivering organs for transplant?

Anthony “Tony” Pucciarella and Ryan Henderson are with MissionGO, a leader in next-generation transportation logistics and communications.  Earlier this year, the MissionGO team completed an historic drone test flight, carrying a human kidney and corneas across Las Vegas via UAS. The demonstration fights showcased the real potential that drones could have in supporting life saving medical procedures involved organ transplants.

Tony is a pilot and veteran in the aviation and aircraft industries and is the President of MissionGO.  He is certified as an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) and is rated in aircraft ranging from the iconic B-25 to the fastest business jets flying today. Ryan is a certified manned and remote pilot and currently MissionGo’s Lead Pilot.  Both individuals have significant expertise with transportation logistics.  Tony has an established background in manned and unmanned aviation, engineering, aircraft systems integration, operational testing, and business.  And Ryan has extensive knowledge in flight control systems, command and control links, and radio relay. He is a subject matter expert on airworthiness analysis and has participated in global operational deployments including disaster stricken and harsh environments.

In addition to being President of MissionGo, Tony is also the Founder and CEO of AlarisPro. AlarisPro is a UAS fleet management company enabling enterprise UAS operators and fleet managers greater visibility, monitoring and management capabilities.

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