Issue 55 Uncrewed Systems Technology Apr/May 2024 Sellafield’s UAV equipment l Applied EV Blanc Robot l Battery tech l Robotican’s Goshawk l UGVs l UAVHE RW1 rotary l Roboat UVD l Autopilots l Arkeocean UVD l UMEX 2024 l CycloTech UVD

ELECTRIC, HYBRID & INTERNAL COMBUSTION for PERFORMANCE ISSUE 151 FEBRUARY/MARCH 2024 The future is now Exploring AM machines Power to the dirt Winning in Motocross Pushing the twostroke A Kawasaki odyssey UK £15, US/CN $25, EUROPE €22 THE COMMUNICATIONS HUB OF THE ELECTRIFIED POWERTRAIN Read all back issues and exclusive online-only content at ISSUE 024 | MAR/APR 2024 UK £15 USA $30 EUROPE €22 Protective housing The pursuit of power Polymers offer lasting cover for components Inverters take more control Porsche gets wet Marine applications for its most advanced e-powertrain 4 April/May 2024 | Uncrewed Systems Technology Intro | April/May 2024 Range is still a challenging topic for autonomous systems with electric propulsion. Whether it’s extending the range for a driverless car or the mission time for a UAV in the air, getting more out of the batteries is a major challenge. This is being addressed in various ways, from advances in battery technology, from silicon anodes to solid-state cells, to new ways of powering aircraft, and advances in path planning and autopilots. The latest battery technologies that provide longer time in the air for high-altitude pseudo satellites (HAPS) are examined on page 40, while the challenges of coordinating multiple UAVs monitoring one of the largest bridge-construction projects in the world is detailed in Platform One. New algorithms for path planning are being used when batteries don’t last long enough, adding in the areas to observe and the return to charging points. At the same time, the variable thrust propulsion technology being developed by CycloTech is opening up design choices for uncrewed aircraft designers, as we discuss on page 108. Meanwhile, the latest developments in autopilot technology are pulling together the path-planning and range extensions on page 88 to make all this as seamless and transparent as possible to the operator. Nick Flaherty | Technology Editor Further, faster, longer Read all back issues online UST 55 : APR/MAY 2024 UK £15, USA $30, EUROPE €22 Charge and go Battery materials advance, boosted by 3D printing Safer skies Autopilots in the age of AI Future template How Applied EV can place any body structure for any task on the Blanc Robot Editorial Director Ian Bamsey Deputy Editor Rory Jackson Technology Editor Nick Flaherty Production Editor Vickie Johnstone Contributor Peter Donaldson Technical Consultants Paul Weighell Ian Williams-Wynn Dr Donough Wilson Prof James Scanlan Dr David Barrett Design Andrew Metcalfe UST Ad Sales Please direct all enquiries to Simon Moss Subscriptions Frankie Robins Publishing Director Simon Moss 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 or visit 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 Ten | Issue Three April/May 2024 High Power Media Limited Whitfield House, Cheddar Road, Wedmore, Somerset, BS28 4EJ, England Tel: +44 1934 713957 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 FROM HPM