The industrial revolution may have unfolded over a period of decades, however, when viewed through the preceding lens of agrarian culture it represented a sudden rending of what was, and a rapid reshaping of the present and future.
On a smaller scale presently, we witness a similar reading and reshaping cycle within the commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS) marketplace. UAS enablers including processor speed and power, ubiquitous communications infrastructure, powerful small form factor sensors, immense data storage and retrieval and advanced building materials represent revolutions of their own, worthy of separate and distinct discussion.
And so the emerging, truly commercial UAS marketplace has drawn these capabilities to it, embodied in those represented during a future-is-now industry panel at FAA UAS 2017, March 27-29 in Reston, VA. Intel Corporation, Qualcomm, Google and Airbus Ventures sat alongside the director of the FAA’s UAS Integration Office and discussed near-term disruptive UAS visions in Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS), computational power, delivery of goods and services and personal transportation.
Although applying a scientific theory, the commercial UAS industry on the leading edge of a violent “market model” revolution embodied in the Kuhn Cycle:
“Progress in science is not linear, but rather exhibits periods of peaceful interludes punctuated by intellectually violent revolutions.”
(paraphrased from, “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions,” 1962).
The commercial UAS integration of Amazon/Intel/Google/Qualcomm/Airbus/Uber/Others represents the creation of (market) anomalies from which entirely new market structures will arise. Qualcomm’s comments around the sheer size, complexity, network nodes and incredible latency were eye-watering, and Intel’s confidence in the next-generation of sensor-processing speeds proposed a leap from billions of operations/second to potentially trillions/second.
The industry has witnessed a normalization of bounded, commercial UAS operations through FAA’s Part 107. This has spurred an emerging focus on the vital commercial task of increasing and automating the flow of imagery and information from capture to delivery. The means to this flow is software and design-centric, and has the potential to seamlessly link disparate system elements through common interfaces.
Velocity Group feels data-flow resolution will lead us back to the drone. When software and data bottlenecks are adequately resolved, industry will look to improve the drone’s endurance, autonomy, mission radius, dependability and ability to rapidly accept new hardware and software. This is precisely where Velocity Group can help to incorporate your unique mission requirements into design, prototype, manufacturing and MRO – providing you with a growth-enabled platform from day one and a partner to generate predictable mission-capable rates.
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