A Message from Our Founders

Robin Battaglini and Jerry Norris

For nearly two decades Battlespace, Inc. and its subsidiary companies have led the rapid growth and acceptance of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and supported the use of Remotely Piloted Vehicles (RPV). Despite the frequent characterization of this technology with the disparaging descriptor of "drones," the aerial family tree and growth of robotics has proven itself in peace and war. The decisions regarding the control and use of RPVs are firmly under the control of humans. Battlespace, Inc. proudly marches down the path of continued use of these assets.

This year (2014) starts as the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) has announced the selection of six competitive winners to operate test sites for the investigation and integration of Unmanned Aerial Systems into the National Airspace (NAS). Battlespace is especially pleased to be a member of the winning University of Alaska team. This selection matches well with our heritage of research and development since the advent of Remotely Piloted Vehicles. Alaska's solution has "a diverse set of test site range locations in seven climatic zones" as well as site range locations in Hawaii and Oregon, according to an FAA press release.

Reports tell us that around 40 nations are presently producing robotic aircraft. Only a very few have the capability to carry weapons. A highly specialized agreement named the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) governs trade in these highly specialized RPVs. Federal Law called the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) further restricts the export of even the most benign robotic aircraft, and most services and training related to their use. Other import restrictions govern aircraft produced worldwide. Domestically, well-established case law governs surveillance in the United States; but companies must remain abreast of the discussions and changes.

But within these legal boundaries, companies and government agencies foresee a myriad of uses for UAS. One of my colleagues likes to say, "RPVs might well be the answer, but first we must define the questions." Battlespace experts can help you formulate your questions and work with your team in finding answers.

Battlespace, Inc. is uniquely positioned and prepared to facilitate your thinking and decision making with regard to the enormous variety of strategies and decisions you may have in the UAS arena. Our knowledge of UAS and their operations is profound and spans decades of development. Your investment strategy for this equipment; your concept of operations that may make that investment worthwhile; your logistics, maintenance, and training plan to protect your investment, are significant challenges. As you embark to solve special problems in the space where operations are dirty, dangerous, dull, and difficult. Our consultants will team with you in defining a winning plan.

Our staff is highly qualified to help you in evaluating a plan to consider the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems. Most are highly experienced pilots in their own right and have participated in the growth of Unmanned Aerial Systems over the last two decades. Several are deeply involved currently with experiments and policy development for UAS use in the United States National Airspace.

Finally, Battlespace, Inc., can be your partner in the introduction of RPVs to your particular set of needs by providing tip-to-tail fee-for-service unmanned systems. I urge you to plan for the future by calling us today.


 

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