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Anchor Reliance Group (ARG) LLC is a new consulting and program management firm specializing in projects that utilize unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for technology development and practical flight applications.
ARG focuses on three primary areas:
(a) identifying organizations which would benefit from the flexibility and low cost of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs),
(b) helping organizations develop and execute flight projects which accomplish their business goals, and
(c) demonstrating cutting edge technologies via proof-of-concept flights.
Unmanned aircraft systems describe the newest and fastest growing segment of the aerospace industry worldwide today. While it’s true that most existing applications are for military purposes, the potential for civilian and commercial applications is virtually unlimited. The majority of tasks employing piloted aircraft can be accomplished by UAVs, and often with greater flexibility, less cost, less risk, and a smaller carbon-emission footprint.
ARG’s business model is built on the premise that every technology-based organization, whether military, civil, or commercial, can find a niche within the unmanned systems sector. By reaching beyond convention, ARG enables organizations to realize their objectives through the application of UAS. Some examples include:
- Technology firms which develop new airborne or space-based instruments typically hire manned aircraft to flight-test their products. With proper planning, ARG can fly these instruments on an unmanned aircraft, achieving the same testing at lower hourly cost and environmental impact.
- Other organizations may want to collect only video or data from an airborne platform for environmental studies, crop management, pipeline inspections, and other purposes. UAVs are well-suited for these applications, and ARG will work with these organizations to design and fly the project that will deliver the required data.
- New unmanned aircraft platforms and flight systems require extensive testing before market. ARG will coordinate the range and restricted air space to test and prove these products.
- With ARG’s help, emergency response agencies such as police and fire departments can benefit from unmanned aircraft to aid with emergency communications, search and rescue, hazards detection, and cargo lift and delivery.
Based in Somerset County near the Maryland-Virginia border, between the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean with access to both air and maritime environments, ARG is convenient to Washington DC, and the Hampton Roads and Greenbelt technology regions. Nearby flight and test ranges such as Wallops Flight Facility, Fort Eustis, and Fort Pickett, and local military facilities all offer a diverse choice of terrains and resources for a variety of flight projects.
Through its broad network of industry resources and talents, ARG will provide everything from basic consulting services to complete end-to-end program management, including finding the right flight vehicles, payloads, and sensors to fly your mission. ARG provides engineering and technical support, software development, safety analysis and risk management, as well as range and air space coordination. A typical project at ARG follows a basic five-step process:
Phase 1: Conduct initial consultation to establish mission objectives and to determine how UAS fit the customer’s goals.
Phase 2: Choose the best aircraft and sensors, and design the flight that will achieve mission success.
Phase 3: Coordinate use of flight range and restricted airspace, or work with the FAA to apply for a Certificate of Authorization (COA) to fly in the National Air Space, if required.
Phase 4: Execute the mission; gather and process the data.
Phase 5: Deliver the final report.
To find out more about the services and capabilities at Anchor Reliance Group, visit ARGs web site at www.anchorreliancegroup.com or call (443) 783-6763.