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  • Presented by:

    Jeff Ratcliffe

    Feb 18, 2016

    NORTHWEST UAV

    Trusted Provider for Unmanned Systems

  • INTRODUCTIONS

    • Jeff Ratcliffe NWUAV Chief Technical Officer

    – Electrical Engineer

    Semiconductors

    – UAV Program Manager

    • Heavy Fuel Engine Programs

    • Multiple Payload Integration

    – Navy Nuclear Submarines

    All views expressed are my own and not necessarily

    representative of NWUAV.

  • AGENDA

    • UAV’s and Their Role in Aviation – Technological Maturity

    – Market Uses

    – Integration into the NAS

    • Current State of the Unmanned Marketplace

    – Military

    – Domestic

    – International

    • NWUAV’s Role in Helping Ensure Safe Airspace Integration – NWUAV Background

    – Military

    – Civilian/NAS/FAA

  • USES OF UNMANNED AIR

    VEHICLES (DRONES)

    • Hobby • Military • Specific Commercial • Ubiquitous

  • UNMANNED SYSTEMS IN NAS

    • Hobby Activity • Professional Grade

    – High Density

    Populations

    – Interaction with

    Manned Platforms

    • Setting Expectations for Professionalism Unmanned Manufacturing, Engineering,

    and Maintenance

    – AS9100

    – FAR 21 Compliance

  • NORTHWEST UAV

    • Largest UAV propulsion system provider (1-100hp) • Facility – 500 Engines/Month Capability • AS9100 (Aerospace Certified) • ~ 70 Employees • 30,000 + Square Feet • Wire Harness Shop • Electrical Test Lab • Turnkey Support from

    Design-to-Field Operations

    • DCAA Audited

  • HIGH VOLUME PRODUCTION

    • AS9100 Compliant • Proprietary Configuration

    Controls

    • LEAN Manufacturing Techniques

    • Capacity to Produce More than 500 Engine Modules

    and Associated

    Subsystems a Month

  • ENGINEERING SERVICES

    Mechanical Engineering

    Specialists in each aspect of unmanned

    design

    • SolidWorks® allows NWUAV’s engineers to take a concept and develop a prototype,

    evaluate and refine it as needed to produce

    final production ready designs.

    Electrical Engineering

    Precision Circuit and Electrical Systems

    • Altium Designer® provides a single unified solution for the entire design process. NWUAV uses the latest technologies to design and develop circuit and electrical systems with precision.

  • ENGINEERING SERVICES Continued

    Aerospace Engineering

    Experts in flight and propulsion dynamics

    • HyperWorks® suite of analysis tools predicts the dynamics of your system.

    • Ellipse method of propeller design to get the highest possible propeller efficiency at the

    lowest possible acoustic detectability.

    Physics

    Experts in heavy fuel combustion dynamics

    • With the latest combustion dynamics software suites from Ricardo™ we

    understand how to optimize your system for

    operation on heavy fuels.

  • SYSTEMS INTEGRATION

    • Program Management for Complex Systems

    • Understanding the Trade-Offs for Unmanned

    Systems

  • ACOUSTICAL ANALYSIS TESTING

    NWUAV utilizes a 1/24th Octave Real

    Time Analyzer to visualize and record

    sound energy in a sound controlled room.

    Data provided by this system helps

    determine where in the frequency

    spectrum the highest levels of noise exist.

  • OTHER SERVICES

    • RAPID PROTOTYPING & MANUFACTURING

    • Wire Harness Manufacturing • Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) • CNC Machine Shop • Metrology Services (CMM) • Maintenance Repair Organization • Dynamic Performance Testing

    Facility

    • Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeling and Analysis

  • UNMANNED MARKET PLACE

    • Military – Production – Steady

    – R&D – Declining

    • Commercial – 2 years ago

    • “Small Investments in Small Operations” – Lack of clear regulations prohibit big plays and deter larger

    end-use customers.

    – No dominant players entering the field without clear risk picture

    • Volume of Use Increasing ‘Under the Radar’

    – Now

    • Large Investments by Aggressive/Risk Tolerant Investors – Clear paths to operations for some uses.

    – Expectations of paths to operations for novel uses.

    • Exponential growth

  • UNMANNED MARKET PLACE Continued

    • International – Large Investments in Air Frames and Infrastructure

    – Clear Path to Commercial Operations

    – Booming Demand

    – Expanding Operations

  • NWUAV’S ROLE IN HELPING ENSURE

    SAFE AIRSPACE INTEGRATIONS

    • Military – Developed documentation for the safe operation and maintenance of the propulsion

    systems to the STUAS and other programs

    – Provides traceability of components throughout product lifecycle

    – FAR based propulsion system testing

    • Civilian Infrastructure Development – Propulsion system testing facilities design

    to be FAR compatible

    – Professional Maintenance and Repair

    Organization

    – AS9100 compliance

    • NAS – A&P Mechanics for MRO

    – Part 145 Repair Station Application, pending

    – DER/DAR/ODAR Personnel Applications, prepared

  • AIRSPACE INTEGRATION

    NW-44 FLIGHT TEST

    • NWUAV has secured a Soar Oregon Grant for Integration and Flight Tests

    • First Flight Units for Launch Client 2014

    • Controlled Range Access at Warm Springs UAS Test

    Range

  • OPPORTUNITIES FOR INDUSTRY

    INVOLVEMENT

    • Join and Participate in our Local Industry Events • Cascade Chapter AUVSI