Uncrewed Systems Technology 049 - April/May 2023

ELECTRIC,HYBRID& INTERNALCOMBUSTION forPERFORMANCE Hailthewondrouswail UnleashingaNorton rotary Extrememetallicsolutions Advancedalloys for racing V10 renaissance Inside theRodin turbo ISSUE145 FEBRUARY/MARCH2023 www.highpowermedia.com ISSUE018 | MAR/APR2023 UK£15 USA$30 EUROPE€22 THE COMMUNICATIONS HUB OF THE ELECTRIFIED POWERTRAIN Multiple choice Alldue recognition Latest trend in batterymanagement Theusesandbenefits ofbiometric technologies Fromzero to zero HowCakeaims tomake itsKalke-bike emissions-freeateverystageof itsproduction 4 April/May 2023 | Uncrewed Systems Technology Intro | April/May 2023 The battle between autonomous systems on the ground and in the air is heating up, at least for making deliveries. One of the latest developments for small delivery UGVs is detailed in our report on page 48 on the Ottonomy Ottobot, which marks a significant move for the commercial roll-out of these delivery systems. At the same time, grape growers in France are turning to ground-based autonomous spraying systems rather than using airborne vehicles, as we report on page 6. More broadly, the latest developments for UGVs are detailed on page 66. Image sensing systems are vital for these smaller systems, being made in higher volumes with lower costs, and the latest spiking AI technology for such sensors is detailed on page 6. The latest Lidar chips detailed on page 38 are also providing lower power sensing for ground as well as airborne systems. These developments enable much lower power operation, which also provides opportunities for new UAV applications such as counting rice plants (see page 6) where ground-based systems can’t operate. Nick Flaherty | Technology Editor When less ismore Readallback issuesonline www.ust-media.com UST49 :APRIL/MAY2023 UK£15,USA$30,EUROPE€22 Cheaperbythedozen The impactof imagesensoradvances onuncrewedsystemdesigns Weneedmoredata Sonar technologymakes freshheadway Level headed How theWAM-V’sself-adjustment systemkeeps itonanevenkeel Editorial Director Ian Bamsey Deputy Editor Rory Jackson Technology Editor Nick Flaherty Production Editor Guy Richards Contributor Peter Donaldson Technical Consultants Paul Weighell Ian Williams-Wynn Dr Donough Wilson Prof James Scanlan Design Andrew Metcalfe andrew@highpowermedia.com UST Ad Sales Please direct all enquiries to Freya Williams freya@ust-media.com Subscriptions Frankie Robins frankie@ust-media.com Publishing Director Simon Moss simon@ust-media.com General Manager Chris Perry The USE network Having now provided several enterprises around the world with the support and connections they need to implement efficient and sustainable technological solutions, we’re keen to continue expanding this free service. If the uncrewed vehicle and/or system you’re working on could benefit from some independent advice, from engineers specialising in the appropriate field, then please do get in touch. Email your question/challenge/dilemma/predicament to thenetwork@uncrewedsystemsengineering.com or visit www.uncrewedsystemsengineering.com and raise a case with us. All questions will be treated in the strictest confidence, and there’s no obligation whatsoever to follow any recommendations made. Volume Nine | Issue Three April/May 2023 High Power Media Limited Whitfield House, Cheddar Road, Wedmore, Somerset, BS28 4EJ, England Tel: +44 (0)1934 713957 www.highpowermedia.com ISSN 2753-6513 Printed in Great Britain ©High Power Media All rights reserved. Reproduction (in whole or in part) of any article or illustration without the written permission of the publisher is strictly prohibited. While care is taken to ensure the accuracy of information herein, the publisher can accept no liability for errors or omissions. Nor can responsibility be accepted for the content of any advertisement. SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions are available from High Power Media at the address above or directly from our website. Overseas copies are sent via air mail. 1 year subscription – 15% discount: UK – £75; Europe – £90 USA – £93.75; ROW – £97.50 2 year subscription – 25% discount: UK – £135; Europe – £162 USA – £168.75; ROW – £175.50 Make cheques payable to High Power Media. Visa, Mastercard, Amex and UK Maestro accepted. Quote card number and expiry date (also issue/start date for Maestro) ALSO FROMHPM