Big Future for Small UAVs


When it comes to unmanned systems, the sky is the limit.

Over the past several years, the unmanned aircraft systems business has evolved significantly as the demand for small unmanned aircraft systems continues to grow. These systems have been incorporated into both military and commercial sectors as a proven, affordable and effective tool.

Because of their value in adapting to various environments, users require versatile systems that can adjust to specific missions, from agriculture to humanitarian aid to firefighting to law enforcement.

Advanced autonomy allows these systems to operate even when manned assets cannot. They can work day and night; reach remote areas in the most austere environments; increase safety for operators; and provide enhanced situational awareness during complex missions.

With more than five decades experience in unmanned and robotic systems, Lockheed Martin offers unmanned solutions that help civil and commercial customers accomplish their most difficult challenges, including monitoring crop health and responding to emergencies.

This year, the Lockheed Martin Procerus Technologies Indago vertical takeoff and lift (VTOL) quadrotor will be used in Detroit to provide high quality data and images for first responder and public utility applications.

Indago’s industry-leading flight time and electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) gimbaled imager provides high quality data and enhanced situational awareness for operators to make real-time decisions in support of emergency response, including search and rescue operations or disaster relief. Indago is capable of continuous, 360 degree panning capabilities to aid area surveillance, as well as maneuver to specific areas of interest in crowded environments where fixed wing aircraft cannot reach.

Unmanned systems bring a much-needed capability to the commercial realm, offering flexibility and real-time data for a variety of missions. For more information on Lockheed Martin small unmanned systems, visit:  

October 28, 2014