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!