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In Quarter 1 of 2019 FLIR systems received a 39.6 million dollar contract for their Black Hornet PRS(Personal Reconnaissance System) drones by the United States Army. These tiny drone systems are no bigger than a human fist being only 4 inches long and weighing 1.16 ounces. They are designed to be deployed and operated  by a single soldier.Their small size makes them easier for soldiers to transport, but their biggest edge against the competition is their unmatched line of sight distance that reaches up to 1 mile and their top speed of 20 feet per second even in winds gust reaching up to 20 knots.

In 2013, the British army had over 300 hornet nanos in its service. After hearing about this the United States Army quickly wanted to get into the game of small scale UAV’s so the Natick Soldier and Research, Development and Engineering Center looked into the PD-100 Black Hornet for their Cargo Pocket Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Program. They were impressed with the initial features but felt it still need some refinements like night vision and improved data-link and navigational capabilities. FLIR systems quickly delivered an upgraded version of the PD-100 and testing with U.S. troops begin in March of 2015.

 Towards the end of the year, the Black Hornet will make their premiere with the 82nd Airbone’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team as part of the US Army’s new Soldier Borne Sensor Program. One of the main benefits of the drone is its high-definition video and photography abilities which allow it to provide continuous data on the surrounding area of a soldier. These drones can scout surrounding areas and obtain data for 30 minutes with the reduced exposure to danger. In fact, the Army has stated that the Black Hornet reduces casualties by reducing soldier personnel usage in the battlefield. Usage testing shows that there is a fast learning curve for soldiers to master the controls, even if they had never flown a drone before. Because of this, the Army aims to introduce a Black Hornet Drone to every infantry squad.



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Tesla Power Wall:Renewable Energy’s Secret Weapon Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test Indeed, the breadth of potential solutions is emerging, not only in the form of varying chemistry, but also in the format of the storage source. In May, Tesla Motors made its play for the storage market by rolling out a product that can be mounted on a garage wall near a home’s electrical panel. The company said that the unit, known as the Powerwall, is part of Tesla’s effort to wean the world off fossil fuels. “This is within the power of humanity to do,” said Tesla CEO Elon Musk. “We have done things like this before. It’s not impossible.” Tesla power wall, which employs lithium-ion battery technology, measures 34 x 51 x 7 inches and costs $3,500 for a 10-kWh of storage. Tesla said it also plans to sell bigger battery blocks for use in commercial and utility applications. Blocks containing 100-kWh of storage could be grouped to create larger systems offering as much as 10 MWh, Musk said. Experts say that either format — home storage or utility-sized systems — can serve as viable grid solutions. “You can think of solar on an individual’s roof as a distributed power plant on the grid,” said Chamberlain of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research. “That’s where we are headed in the future.” Pronouncements such as those have created a sense of optimism in the storage community, which is why the Energy Storage Association now counts such names as GE Energy Storage, LG Chem, Parker Hannifin, Johnson Controls, Hitachi Chemical Co., Lockheed Martin Advanced Energy Storage, Mitsubishi Electric Power, Samsung, Sharp, and many others among its members. That’s not to say all is rosy for battery makers. Grid storage is still a nascent market, still struggling to find its way. In 2014, A123 Systems divested itself of its grid storage division. And in 2015, Ambri announced that it had cut a quarter of its staff and had backed off its plans to ship its first commercial grid storage products in 2016. News reports indicated that the company’s engineers were experiencing problems with the battery’s high-temperature seals. Ambri isn’t saying when its first products will finally reach the market. Still, experts are steadfast in their belief that battery storage will eventually be needed for the electrical grid. “When there’s high demand, there can be a mismatch between the production of electricity and the use of electricity,” Chamberlain said. “During those milliseconds, batteries can act as a buffer.” Grid storage proponents see it more optimistically. The batteries are more than a buffer, they say. They’re a key to a new way of life. “Once we’re able to rely on renewable energy sources for our power consumption, the top 50% of the dirtiest power generation resources could retire early,” Tesla Motors said in a prepared statement. “We could have a cleaner, smaller, and more resilient energy grid.”

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