Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition

The Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition kicked off Aug. 17 at Taipei World Trade Center, showcasing cutting-edge components and systems from more than 140 local and overseas companies at some 760 booths. Co-organized by the government-supported Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), the 14th edition of the biennial event boasts a 16 percent increase […]

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NASA-NOAA Mission Studies Storm Intensification in Northern Hemisphere

A group of NASA and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists are teaming up this month for an airborne mission focused on studying severe storm processes and intensification. The Hand-On Project Experience (HOPE) Eastern Pacific Origins and Characteristics of Hurricanes (EPOCH) field campaign will utilize NASA’s Global Hawk autonomous aircraft to study storms in the […]

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RADA Gets $8M US Military Counter-UAS Contract

RADA Electronic Industries Ltd. has announced it had received a strategic first order for dozens of Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radars (MHR) from the US Military. Totalling over $8 million, this order will be delivered during 2017. The radars will be used by a key US military force, providing it with air surveillance with an emphasis on […]

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sUAS Helps Edwards Air Force Base Fire Fighters During Exercise

Members of the 812th Civil Engineer Squadron teamed with the Emerging Technologies Combined Test Force to use small unmanned aircraft systems to increase their emergency response capabilities during two aircraft crash exercises held July 31 and Aug. 3. The exercise scenario allowed the Edwards Fire Department and the 812th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight to respond […]

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Microsoft Tests Self-Flying Gliders in Rural Nevada

Microsoft is already thinking about self-flying airplanes. The tech giant tested such technology in Hawthorne, 130 miles south of Reno, last week with the help of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems. “This is one of the most exciting developments I have seen over the past several years […]

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Grumman F7F Tigercat – Bad Kitty Tribute

The Grumman F7F Tigercat is a heavy fighter aircraft that served with the United States Navy (USN) and United States Marine Corps (USMC) from late in World War II until 1954. It was the first twin-engined fighter to be deployed by the USN. While the Tigercat was delivered too late to see combat in World […]

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US Naval Research Lab Tests Stackable CICADA Microdrones Swarm

The U.S. Naval Research Lab has been working on its CICADA (Close-In Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft) drones since at least 2011. The tiny drones are designed to be carried aloft by other aircraft and dropped, whereupon they’ll use GPS and little fins to glide to within 15 feet of their destination. They can carry a small sensor payload, […]

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DARPA Elevated Sensor Mast Tested on US Navy Vessel

DARPA’s Towed Airborne Lift of Naval Systems (TALONS) research effort recently demonstrated its prototype of a low-cost, elevated sensor mast aboard a commissioned U.S. Navy vessel for the first time. The crew of USS Zephyr, a 174-foot (53-meter) Cyclone-class patrol coastal ship, evaluated the technology demonstration system over three days near Naval Station Mayport, Florida. TALONS demonstrated […]

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Future Mission Control System Key to UAS Flying Off Carriers

The US Navy says it is moving full-throttle on plans to fly unmanned aircraft off of carriers. The planned MQ-25A will serve primarily as a refuelling platform, with the capacity to carry out some intelligence missions. The first unmanned craft to fly off a carrier, it is slated to deploy on the aircraft carriers Dwight […]

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First Full Inspection of Airlander Hull Completed

The first full inspection of Airlander’s hull was completed last week by HAV’s team of aerospace technicians as part of ongoing analysis during the Flight Test Progamme. This was the first annual yearly check of the hull surface as a part of its flight test programme. Simple but spectacular access techniques are now proven and […]

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Airborne Computer Network Platform for UAVs

Yan Wan, an associate professor in UTA’s Department of Electrical Engineering, is the team lead on a three-year, $998,803 grant from the National Science Foundation that will develop a networked airborne computing platform for multiple unmanned aerial systems. The platform will be made available for the research community to build upon current and future technology, […]

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High Performance Hybrid Tri-Copter from FlightWave

FlightWave Aerospace Systems, Inc., a California-based startup brings new capabilities to customers who need a sustained aerial presence in high-wind, maritime, or terrestrial missions. The company also announced an investment from Breakout Labs, the Thiel Foundation’s programme of support for deep technology companies. FlightWave’s premier product, the FlightWave Edge Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), is a long-range, […]

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Robotic Skies Raises Venture Capital Funding Round

Robotic Skies announced it has raised a round of venture capital financing. The investment round was led by Kickstart Seed Fund of Salt Lake City, Utah, and included participation by Sun Mountain Capital of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The capital will accelerate the expansion of the Robotic Skies maintenance network for high-end commercial unmanned aircraft […]

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Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority RPAS Consultation Paper Published

The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has opened submissions for its review into commercial and recreational operations of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), or drones. The regulator has published a discussion paper on RPAS operations in Australia, noting there were about 50,000 drones used in this country currently, mostly for sport and recreational purposes. […]

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US Coast Guard Uses Drones to Expand its Reach

Unmanned aircraft do not have a long, storied history like the Coast Guard. But they already play a role in one of the Coast Guard’s earliest missions – guarding against illicit trade. In a letter to the commanding officers of the Revenue Cutter Service dated June 4, 1791, 10 months after the service was founded, Alexander Hamilton warned of […]

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US Navy Seeks Lightweight, Jam-Resistant Antennae

With weapons and communications systems increasingly relying on connectivity and signal communications, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is looking to develop phased array antennas that are light-weight and jam resistant for the next generation of systems. The NRL is working with the Tactical Reach back Extended Communications to develop an ultra-wideband phased array antenna […]

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The Drone World Expo 2017 Interviews – Kathleen “Kat” Swain

In the second of a series of interviews with key figures involved in the success of Drone World Expo, we talked to Kathleen “Kat” Swain, Senior Director of UAS Programs, AOPA – Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Kat is responsible for developing and managing the UAS “Drone” programs at Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Kat joined AOPA in March 2016. […]

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Amateur Drone Lands on £3BN HMS Queen Elizabeth

It is a £3BN state-of-the-art investment, commissioned to reassert Britain’s supremacy on the high seas. But this week the Royal Navy was left blushing after it emerged that an amateur enthusiast managed to land a £300 drone on the deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth – without anyone raising the alarm. According to local media reports in […]

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Kratos Mako Completes Successful Flight Test Series

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. recently completed a flight test series evaluating the next evolution of the UTAP-22 Mako Unmanned Aerial System that was first introduced and demonstrated in late 2015. The Mako has been enhanced with a suite of mission systems typically employed on manned aircraft and now integrated with the unmanned Mako […]

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More Work for RPA Pilot Training Unit

MQ-9 trainers are still facing a task to increase the output of pilots and sensor operators, on track to reach a high of 700 this year with even more needed. As part of the 2015 plan to increase the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capability of the Air Force and amount of personnel in the remotely […]

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US Air Force Lab Tests High-Efficiency Engine for UAS

The US Air Force Research Laboratory Advanced Power Technology Office, along with Engineered Propulsion Systems and the Arnold Engineering and Development Center, recently concluded ground-based testing of an advanced diesel engine that promises to increase the utility and ease the logistics burden of military aircraft missions. The high efficiency, innovative aviation diesel engine is a […]

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First Offshore Drone Survey for Norway’s DNV GL

DNV GL surveyors have carried out the classification society’s first offshore drone survey on the semisubmersible vessel Safe Scandinavia in the North Sea. This 25,383 GT tender support vessel (TSV) is owned and operated by Prosafe, supporting Statoil’s drilling operations off the coast of Norway. Using camera-equipped drones, DNV GL’s drone pilots checked the TSV’s […]

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Peruvian Air Force Develops Two New Drones

The Peruvian Air Force’s (FAP, per its Spanish acronym) Project Research and Investigation Center (CIDEP, per its Spanish acronym) was created in 1993 to develop flight simulators for Cessna A-37 aircraft. The project was led by officers from the electronic services branch. Following their success, they moved forward with the development of a series of […]

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Modified X-47B Appears as Testbed for MQ-25 Bid

Northrop Grumman is using an X-47B unmanned air vehicle (UAV) as a flying testbed for air refuelling systems in support of its proposal for the U.S. Navy’s upcoming MQ-25A Stingray unmanned aerial refuelling tanker contest. First details of Northrop Grumman’s preparations for the MQ-25A bid have emerged in photographs obtained by Aviation Week of a […]

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ThunderDrone Drone Battle Experiment

In November, the Air Force and SOFWERX will pit unmanned aerial vehicles against each other in a rumble-style experiment to gather data on drone operations, the Air Force’s secretary said on August 9. The competition, called the ThunderDrone Rapid Prototyping Event, will take place in a rented warehouse and will “investigate forms and platforms and effects […]

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UAVs Get Vision for GPS-Denied Navigation

When a firefighter, first responder or soldier operates a small, lightweight flight vehicle inside a building, in urban canyons, underground or under the forest canopy, the GPS-denied environment presents unique navigation challenges. In many cases loss of GPS signals can cause these vehicles to become inoperable and, in the worst case, unstable, potentially putting operators, […]

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UAVs Get Vision for GPS-Denied Navigation

When a firefighter, first responder or soldier operates a small, lightweight flight vehicle inside a building, in urban canyons, underground or under the forest canopy, the GPS-denied environment presents unique navigation challenges. In many cases loss of GPS signals can cause these vehicles to become inoperable and, in the worst case, unstable, potentially putting operators, […]

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UAVs Get Vision for GPS-Denied Navigation

When a firefighter, first responder or soldier operates a small, lightweight flight vehicle inside a building, in urban canyons, underground or under the forest canopy, the GPS-denied environment presents unique navigation challenges. In many cases loss of GPS signals can cause these vehicles to become inoperable and, in the worst case, unstable, potentially putting operators, […]

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UAVs Get Vision for GPS-Denied Navigation

When a firefighter, first responder or soldier operates a small, lightweight flight vehicle inside a building, in urban canyons, underground or under the forest canopy, the GPS-denied environment presents unique navigation challenges. In many cases loss of GPS signals can cause these vehicles to become inoperable and, in the worst case, unstable, potentially putting operators, […]

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UAVs Get Vision for GPS-Denied Navigation

When a firefighter, first responder or soldier operates a small, lightweight flight vehicle inside a building, in urban canyons, underground or under the forest canopy, the GPS-denied environment presents unique navigation challenges. In many cases loss of GPS signals can cause these vehicles to become inoperable and, in the worst case, unstable, potentially putting operators, […]

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Insitu, FireWhat, Esri Join Forces in Fighting Wildfires

Insitu has announced its partnership with FireWhat, and Esri, the world leader in spatial analytics. Through this partnership, aerial reconnaissance for fighting wildfires will be provided by Insitu’s INEXA Solutions, comprised of INEXA Control, Insitu air vehicles including the ScanEagle, and payloads including the new High Accuracy Photogrammetry (HAP) payload. The INEXA Solutions professional aerial […]

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US Navy Wants Drones and AI to Repair Airfields Fast

The U.S. Navy is looking for a drone that can fly over a damaged airfield and come up with a plan to get planes back in the air quickly, the head of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command said Tuesday. NECC wants an unmanned aerial system that can fly out over an airfield after an attack and […]

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US Navy Wants Drones and AI to Repair Airfields Fast

The U.S. Navy is looking for a drone that can fly over a damaged airfield and come up with a plan to get planes back in the air quickly, the head of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command said Tuesday. NECC wants an unmanned aerial system that can fly out over an airfield after an attack and […]

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US Navy Wants Drones and AI to Repair Airfields Fast

The U.S. Navy is looking for a drone that can fly over a damaged airfield and come up with a plan to get planes back in the air quickly, the head of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command said Tuesday. NECC wants an unmanned aerial system that can fly out over an airfield after an attack and […]

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US Navy Wants Drones and AI to Repair Airfields Fast

The U.S. Navy is looking for a drone that can fly over a damaged airfield and come up with a plan to get planes back in the air quickly, the head of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command said Tuesday. NECC wants an unmanned aerial system that can fly out over an airfield after an attack and […]

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US Navy Wants Drones and AI to Repair Airfields Fast

The U.S. Navy is looking for a drone that can fly over a damaged airfield and come up with a plan to get planes back in the air quickly, the head of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command said Tuesday. NECC wants an unmanned aerial system that can fly out over an airfield after an attack and […]

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US Navy Wants Drones and AI to Repair Airfields Fast

The U.S. Navy is looking for a drone that can fly over a damaged airfield and come up with a plan to get planes back in the air quickly, the head of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command said Tuesday. NECC wants an unmanned aerial system that can fly out over an airfield after an attack and […]

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Fixed-Wing, VTOL UAS Designed for Utility Inspections

ULC Robotics, Inc. is advancing the state-of-the-art in commercial utility industry aerial inspection after successfully flight testing a newly developed vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle last week. As a leading robotics, energy services and research and development company focused on the energy and utility industries, ULC Robotics’ commercial-grade VTOL fixed-wing UAV […]

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Fixed-Wing, VTOL UAS Designed for Utility Inspections

ULC Robotics, Inc. is advancing the state-of-the-art in commercial utility industry aerial inspection after successfully flight testing a newly developed vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle last week. As a leading robotics, energy services and research and development company focused on the energy and utility industries, ULC Robotics’ commercial-grade VTOL fixed-wing UAV […]

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Fixed-Wing, VTOL UAS Designed for Utility Inspections

ULC Robotics, Inc. is advancing the state-of-the-art in commercial utility industry aerial inspection after successfully flight testing a newly developed vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle last week. As a leading robotics, energy services and research and development company focused on the energy and utility industries, ULC Robotics’ commercial-grade VTOL fixed-wing UAV […]

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Fixed-Wing, VTOL UAS Designed for Utility Inspections

ULC Robotics, Inc. is advancing the state-of-the-art in commercial utility industry aerial inspection after successfully flight testing a newly developed vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle last week. As a leading robotics, energy services and research and development company focused on the energy and utility industries, ULC Robotics’ commercial-grade VTOL fixed-wing UAV […]

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Fixed-Wing, VTOL UAS Designed for Utility Inspections

ULC Robotics, Inc. is advancing the state-of-the-art in commercial utility industry aerial inspection after successfully flight testing a newly developed vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle last week. As a leading robotics, energy services and research and development company focused on the energy and utility industries, ULC Robotics’ commercial-grade VTOL fixed-wing UAV […]

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Fixed-Wing, VTOL UAS Designed for Utility Inspections

ULC Robotics, Inc. is advancing the state-of-the-art in commercial utility industry aerial inspection after successfully flight testing a newly developed vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle last week. As a leading robotics, energy services and research and development company focused on the energy and utility industries, ULC Robotics’ commercial-grade VTOL fixed-wing UAV […]

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Turkey Arrests ISIS Terrorist who Plotted Drone Attack on US Airbase

Turkish security forces arrested a Russian national who was planning on attacking the US Air Force base at Incirlik, possibly by using a weaponized drone. Renat Bakiev had reportedly planned on downing an American aircraft by crashing a drone into it mid-flight over Incirlik air base in southern Turkey. Authorities arrested Bakiev after they monitored […]

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Turkey Arrests ISIS Terrorist who Plotted Drone Attack on US Airbase

Turkish security forces arrested a Russian national who was planning on attacking the US Air Force base at Incirlik, possibly by using a weaponized drone. Renat Bakiev had reportedly planned on downing an American aircraft by crashing a drone into it mid-flight over Incirlik air base in southern Turkey. Authorities arrested Bakiev after they monitored […]

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5 Corsairs at the Planes of Fame Airshow 2017

The Planes of Fame’s own F4U-1 was joined this year by 4 other Corsairs, Chuck Wentworth’s FG-1D, Lewis Air Legends FG-1D, the Freidkin ‘Comanche Fighters’ F4U-4, and an F4U-7 from the Erickson Aircraft Collection. Planes of Fame Air Museum was proud to present Planes of Fame Airshow 2017, May 6 & May 7. This year’s […]

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Australia Retires Heron 1

Australia has retired from service the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron 1 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that it has fielded since 2010. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) announced on 9 August that the medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAV flew its final mission on 23 June, and that 5 Flight is to be officially disbanded at […]

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DJI ‘Not Consulted’ About US Army Decision

Chinese drone developer Dajiang Innovations Science and Technology Co, also known as DJI, said on Monday that it was not consulted about the US Army’s decision to restrict the use of its drones and will confer with the US military about the meaning of “cyber vulnerabilities.” “We are surprised and disappointed to read reports of […]

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New Kratos UAV to Enter Production this Year

A secret unmanned air vehicle from Kratos Defense and Security Solutions is expected to move into production by the end of this business quarter, Kratos’ chief executive said on 8 August. Kratos first tipped off the existence of the confidential programme earlier this spring, after confirming to FlightGlobal that the company had successfully completed several […]

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