Inside Unmanned Systems Wins Prestigious Jesse Neal Award

Three other entries qualify as finalists

The editorial and design staff of Inside Unmanned Systems has been honored for the “Best Single Issue of a Tabloid/Newspaper/Magazine” in its revenue category at the 68th Jesse H. Neal Awards celebrating business-to-business media. The ceremony took place recently in New York.

“Excellent editorial craftsmanship, engaging photography and graphics. Topical coverage!” the judges commented about IUS’ “Science and Research” issue.

Inside Unmanned Systems is published by Autonomous Media. “I want to congratulate our team of journalists, editors and designers, whose vision, creativity and execution in technical storytelling has been acknowledged as best-in-class,” publisher Richard Fischer said. “This award validates our commitment to our global audience: to deliver content that explicates complex solutions, advances technical knowledge, and deepens understanding in the art and science of unmanned and autonomous capability and benefit.”

Within the cited issue, an “Up Close With…” package delved into expertise from NOAA (the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration). In-depth analysis explored UAS solutions across multiple domains: soaring with HAPS/HALE stratospheric solar UAVs, probing hurricanes and other sky phenomena via unmanned technologies, deploying sub-surface drone missions to learn about algae, microbes and oil spills. Other stories spot-lit UAS defending nature by facilitating species counts and thwarting poachers, and captured intriguing ways drone researchers are mimicking the eon-tested, flight-friendly characteristics of creatures from swifts to insects.

Dedicated technology coverage included analysis of the sensors and other solutions that empower UAS. Specific stories drilled down into the PNT needed to collect effective climate data, what informs reliable and affordable positioning, and the specifics of robust, precise servos.

Finally, our columnists inventoried a roster of research programs, showed how major government research organizations are moving autonomy forward and delved into major market trends.

“This award,” executive editor Abe Peck said, “is founded not only on the work of our talented staff, but on input from highly competent sources and, most of all, advancements across the entire unmanned space.”

Additionally, the magazine’s “Mars Ingenuity Helicopter Package” and its “Sensors: A Force Multiplier” feature were named finalists across three categories.

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