Some more XPONENTIAL 2017 announcements that I’ve been tracking from a distance. Both are followups on products I’ve written about previously – Aerovironment multiple times and the Wave glider from XPONENTIAL 2016 in the Big Easy.
Why the ski banner? While, XPONENTIAL 2018 will be in Denver, Colorado
. I’m a big fan of skiing, and April 30 is still the tail end of ski season…(Disclaimer: I’m not advocating the use of UAS over ski areas. Please respect property rights and make sure you are flying safely and IAW FAA regulations).
AeroVironment announced Snipe
, which is says “is designed specifically to provide dismounted troops with immediate organic tactical overwatch – over the wall, down the alley, around the hill. Weighing less than 5 ounces, this foldable air vehicle requires no assembly and can be out of the case and operational in less than 60 seconds.” Access the Data Sheet here
. While announced at XPONENTIAL, this nano UAS won’t be available until the fall.
Wave Glider, made by Liquid Robotics (which has since last year become a Boeing subsidiary
), has expanded capabilities, based on their interview with Jane’s
This is an unmanned maritime vehicle, but given my background and the technology, I couldn’t help writing about it!