Land, Air and Sea

How Unmanned Vehicles Are  Changing the Landscape

The landscape of unmanned vehicles is ever changing – new assets are coming online for the first time, and existing technologies are being upgraded to meet needs or scrapped outright. Today unmanned technology is not only one of the most exciting advancements, but is in an initial phase of application discovery. Unmanned assets are currently in development to assist with more tasks than most imagined five years ago, and this is only the tip of the iceberg. Although unmanned vehicles are a big resource for military strategy, civilian applications are increasing exponentially not only in flight, but on land and at sea as well. The fundamental conclusion is that unmanned technologies, processes and acceptance have come into the mainstream, and the industry’s growth will not abate for decades.

Many of the drones currently in testing have to do with the disaster response realm. Australia is in the process of testing a fleet of unmanned emergency response vehicles. Features include a long-range of operation – which protects the fire team from possible explosions or fire danger, rescue pods which can save up to 3 people comfortably, and a shark detection drone for coastal dangers. The efforts have already proven their worth and are a great start to Australia’s new campaign to change their tactics on disaster response.

UAVs, which are specifically Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, have played a major role in medical response on the global scale. In Rwanda, UAVs have been used to drop medical supplies in dire parts of Africa. The US is currently testing a flying drone model that carries a rescue unit for drowning victims. Since most adults drown within 60 seconds, this breakthrough has been said to be a major difference between life and death, giving additional time for lifeguards to safely rescue the victim.

Nautical drones have been credited for major breakthroughs in our deep sea exploration and research. One of the most sophisticated includes a humanoid drone that is piloted with advanced haptic functions, allowing explorers to review shipwrecks safely, without damaging the site during exploration. Students from the Stevens Institute of Technology created a drone capable of locating submerged explosives.

With this ever growing technology, finding a place to test your unmanned product can sometimes prove difficult. Luckily at Newcastle Manufacturing, we have suitable terrain to test your product even if that means ground or water testing. We even have access to multiple private airstrips and areas for ground testing covering multiple terrain types within an hour or less of our facility. Our sites and facilities can be used not only for testing but for training also. We can coordinate the training session site preparation for your company team or clients based on the unmanned platform and training criteria. In North Texas we have access to a host of unique training options. Remember Newcastle the next time you need help with testing and training on air, land and sea and visit our website for more information.