Raytheon to Update Integrated Sensor Suite for Air Force Global Hawk UAV Fleet

Raytheon has received a potential $25.9 million contract to modify the Enhanced Integrated Sensor Suite and retrofit the Enhanced Electro-Optical Receiver Unit on the U.S. Air Force‘s Global Hawk unmanned aircraft systems. The company will also provide non-recurring engineering and retrofitting support for EISS upgrades to Global Hawk Block 30 UAS. Work under the contract will occur in El Segundo, California through […]

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Regulatory Framework for Dubai’s Flying Taxis

Within a matter of months that dilemma could become real. Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced that it will begin testing a two-seater autonomous flying taxi that within five years could be as familiar as the current terrestrial versions. At the same time, the RTA is to work with Dubai’s Civil Aviation Authority […]

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Drone Lands on Walls Like a Bird

Designed by Createk Design Lab at the Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec,the Multimodal Autonomous Drone (S-MAD) can repeatedly perform autonomous landing and takeoffs from walls. Presented at Living Machines 2017, Stanford (Best Robotics Paper Award). The drone can land vertically because it’s equipped with a “wall detection range sensor” that helps it know when to start […]

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AirMap and Kansas DoT to Deploy UTM Technology Statewide

AirMap and Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) are announcing that they will deploy Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) technology across the state of Kansas. The initiative, which is the first of its kind in the United States, will support the growth of the state’s drone economy and ensure safer skies for all who live, work, and […]

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Northrop Grumman Expands UAS Facility at Grand Sky

Less than a year after Northrop Grumman opened the doors to its new unmanned aerial systems facility in North Dakota, the company will soon break ground on a new hangar to conduct testing and maintenance on its family of autonomous systems. The company in April announced the opening of its new facility at the Grand […]

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Pentagon Approves Downing Drones Over US Bases

The increased use of commercial and privately owned small unmanned aircraft systems has raised Defense Department concerns for the safety and security of its installations, its aviation and its people, a Pentagon spokesman told reporters. Guidance was sent Aug. 4 to the services and to installations about the use of small unmanned aircraft systems — […]

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US Air Force Lab Funds Demo for Extended Range Desert Hawk

The US Air Force Research Laboratory is funding advanced technologies for Lockheed Martin’s Desert Hawk Extended Endurance and Range (DH EER) unmanned air vehicle, including upgrades that will allow maritime operations. AFRL’s Advanced Power Technology Office awarded Lockheed the 1 August contract, which will focus on a technology demonstration but also include some development in […]

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US Air Force Graduates First Enlisted Female UAS Pilot

The US Air Force’s first female enlisted pilot completed Undergraduate Remotely Piloted Aircraft Training August 4, at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. Tech. Sgt. Courtney is part of the Enlisted Pilot Initial Class. In its 70 years as a separate military service the Air Force has relied almost exclusively on commissioned officers to pilot its aircraft. […]

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Lockheed Martin Developing Ultra-lightweight Electro-Optical Sensor for Drones

Lockheed Martin has revealed plans for an ultra-lightweight electro-optical sensor system that can provide space-telescope capabilities in a package that can be mounted on UAVs and drones. Weighing 90 percent less than a typical telescope, the Segmented Planar Imaging Detector for Electro-Optical Reconnaissance (SPIDER) opens a path for extremely lightweight optical instruments, allowing its use […]

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Amazon Consider Mobile Drone Stations

Amazon is heavily investing in drones, and one day hopes to use the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to revolutionise deliveries. Right now, it’s all still early stages — but public patent filings can offer us tantalising glimpses of what Amazon’s engineers are thinking about and experimenting as they develop the tech. For example, a key […]

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AeroVironment, Cisco, Intel, Lockheed Martin New Sponsors for Drone World Expo

Leading drone development technology companies have announced their support of the 3rd annual Drone World Expo taking place October 3-4 at the San Jose Convention Center.  Intel, Lockheed Martin and the Commercial Drone Alliance are Platinum Sponsors of the event and Aerovel, AeroVironment, Cisco Systems, InspecTools, MAPPS and Precision Integrated Programs are Gold Sponsors. For […]

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App-Based Control System for Cai Hong UAVs

Engineers at the Beijing-based China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA), the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) platform, systems, and technology business unit of defence prime China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), are developing a new app-based UAV management system specifically designed to reduce the complexities of operating larger, multirole air vehicles in the medium-altitude long-endurance […]

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US Army Bans DJI Products

The U.S. Army has ordered troops to stop using consumer drones made by Chinese manufacturer DJI, according to an Aug. 2 memo. “Cease all use, uninstall all DJI applications, remove all batteries/storage media from devices, and secure equipment for follow on direction,” reads the memo from Lt. Gen. Joseph H. Anderson, the Army’s deputy chief […]

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DARPA Picks 3 Teams to Develop Counter-sUAS Methods

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded contracts to three industry teams to develop methods to counter small unmanned aircraft systems. DARPA announced that  teams led by Dynetics, Saab‘s Defense and Security business unit and SRC will develop counter-sUAS approaches under the first phase of the Mobile Force Protection program. The contracts were awarded one year after […]

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Tracking Pythons in Everglades with Thermal Technology

Volaero UAV & Drones Holdings Corp., a Miami based Drone Tech Startup Company, has teamed up with Bill Booth Outdoors and Bruni Infrared to utilize its advanced drone imagery technologies to create solutions for the python issues in the Florida Everglades. “Volaero is excited to team up with Bill Booth, a famous outdoorsman with extensive experience […]

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Tethered Drone for Security at Trump Property

The U.S. Secret Service said that it plans to deploy a small drone during President Donald Trump’s visit to his golf club in New Jersey this month as the agency considers new ways to provide protection. In a document released Wednesday, the agency said it planned to use a small tethered unmanned aircraft system vehicle […]

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Farmers Insurance Gets Drone Fleet

Farmers Insurance has announced that it has enlisted a fleet of unmanned aerial aircraft systems (UAS) to enhance the claims experience for customers who have suffered significant damage to their roof following major weather events. After field tests to assess the most effective and customer-centric ways of leveraging drone technology with its existing claims operation, Farmers will now […]

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Drones to Protect Koala Bears in Queensland

Queensland University of Technology will deploy drones in a high-tech effort to find and protect koalas in South East Queensland, with the State Government announcing a funding boost for koala conservation. The two-year project to be led by Dr Grant Hamilton, from QUT’s Science and Engineering Faculty, will use drones and high resolution imagery to […]

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Northrop Grumann Gets $20M Triton Upgrade Contract

Northrop Grumman won an almost $20 million to carry out engineering and analysis on emerging obsolescence issues with the MQ-4C Triton. Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation San Diego, California is being awarded $19,894,544… for engineering and analysis efforts to develop solutions for near-term emergent obsolescence issues identified for the MQ-4C Triton. The project will include tests, analysis, and configuration management and is scheduled to be […]

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Sukhoi’s Okhotnik-B Project

A photo of an advanced Russian strike drone, which will be equipped with stealth technologies of Russia’s fifth-generation T-50 PAK FA fighter, has emerged on the internet. The Russian website paralay.iboards.ru published a photo of a heavy Russian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which is being developed by the country’s Sukhoi company in accordance with the Okhotnik-B project. Sukhoi is a major […]

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Partners Agree Configuration of European MALE RPAS

The multinational European medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) remotely piloted air system (RPAS) has completed an initial 10-month definition process, with a basic configuration now agreed among the partner companies and nations. Seen in 2012, early indications were that the European MALE RPAS would be based on the Talarion UAV. However, the disclosure that the new system […]

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NOAA Picks SuperSwift for Nighttime Fire Observation

Black Swift Technologies (BST), a specialized engineering firm based in Boulder, Colo., is supplying its small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) nighttime wildfire measurements. Black Swift Technologies (BST), a specialized engineering firm based in Boulder, CO, announced that their small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS), SuperSwift, has been selected […]

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Singapore Acquires Gamekeeper Anti-Drone Radar

The Republic of Singapore has acquired an advanced radar system which is able to detect and track even small consumer drones within a radius of 5km. The Gamekeeper radar, a counter-drone detection system, has been installed near the Singapore Flyer. Made by radar technology company Aveillant Ltd, the system was sold in February to ST […]

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Insitu Celebrates One Million Flight Hours

Insitu reached a milestone worth celebrating when the company’s unmanned platforms — ScanEagle, Integrator and RQ-21A Blackjack — hit a collective one million operational flight hours last week. This event represents the latest achievement in the company’s 23 years of professional aviation history. “Insitu’s path to one million operational flight hours has been navigated by our why statement, which […]

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China’s New Hexacopters and Loitering Munitions

As part of its celebration of the People’s Liberation Army, the Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution in Beijing is showing off a range of exciting exhibitions, offering a peek into the PLA’s new self-propelled artillery, cruise missiles, ballistic missile launchers, and—perhaps most notably—tactical unmanned aerial systems. First up, there’s official confirmation that the […]

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Port of Galveston to use TelaForce for Drone Detection

The Port of Galveston, Texas, announced earlier this month that it would soon be working with TelaForce to implement a system to detect, identify, track and protect against drone incursions around maritime infrastructure. The technology, according to TelaForce, can identify and locate unmanned aircraft flying in restricted or protected airspace, with the added benefit of […]

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DroneWatcher APP Turns s Smartphones into Personal Drone Detectors

DeTect has announced the release of the Pro version of the popular DroneWatcher APP – the app that makes Android smartphones and tablets into personal drone detectors for security and privacy protection. The $5.00 (US) Pro upgrade version has all the features of the free app plus provides detailed information on the detected drone, includes […]

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Hermes 900 Demonstration for Philippine Air Force

Elbit Systems has performed a series of demonstration flights with its Hermes 900 unmanned air vehicle for the Philippine air force, as the service evaluates the medium-altitude, long-endurance type. An evolution of the Hermes 450 tactical UAV, the 1,100kg (2,420lb) Hermes 900 can operate at more than 30,000ft while carrying a large sensor payload totalling […]

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Russia Develops UAV Based on SR-10 Trainer

Russia’s Modern Aviation Technologies (SAT – Sovremennye Aviatsionnye Teknologii) Design Bureau has developed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) concept based on its SR-10 jet trainer aircraft. Dubbed the AR-10 Argument, a SAT representative told Jane’s that the concept aircraft is intended to operate in combat air patrol and strike roles, and within an enemy’s air defences if […]

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Russia Develops UAV Based on SR-10 Trainer

Russia’s Modern Aviation Technologies (SAT – Sovremennye Aviatsionnye Teknologii) Design Bureau has developed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) concept based on its SR-10 jet trainer aircraft. Dubbed the AR-10 Argument, a SAT representative told Jane’s that the concept aircraft is intended to operate in combat air patrol and strike roles, and within an enemy’s air defences if […]

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Chinese Sea-Skimming Lethal Drone Prototype

Jane’s sources have shed new light on a hitherto unseen anti-ship weapon/unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)-like system – centred around a wing-in-ground-effect optimised airframe – that was initially circulated on Chinese internet discussion forums around May 2017 in a Mandarin language brochure with a redacted product designation. Developed by defence prime China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation’s […]

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Chinese Sea-Skimming Lethal Drone Prototype

Jane’s sources have shed new light on a hitherto unseen anti-ship weapon/unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)-like system – centred around a wing-in-ground-effect optimised airframe – that was initially circulated on Chinese internet discussion forums around May 2017 in a Mandarin language brochure with a redacted product designation. Developed by defence prime China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation’s […]

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CSIRO and Ruralco Team to Push Digital Management and Drones on Farms in Australia

CSIRO and agribusiness, Ruralco, have teamed up in a partnership which will promote greater use of digital technology, including drones and long-range sensing in agriculture. A series of projects will roll out in coming months to develop data-driven solutions for more efficient and sustainable farming. The partnership draws on CSIRO’s expertise in data science research and […]

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CSIRO and Ruralco Team to Push Digital Management and Drones on Farms in Australia

CSIRO and agribusiness, Ruralco, have teamed up in a partnership which will promote greater use of digital technology, including drones and long-range sensing in agriculture. A series of projects will roll out in coming months to develop data-driven solutions for more efficient and sustainable farming. The partnership draws on CSIRO’s expertise in data science research and […]

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Transport Canada Quietly Loosens Rules on sUAS

A few weeks ago, Transport Canada quietly loosened the rules for users of small drones, allowing them to fly them closer to vehicles, vessels, people and airports than previously permitted. In March, the federal government announced rules for drones weighing more than 250 grams. “There was no announcement on these changes. It just happened,” said Mark Langille ,a partner with flitelab, […]

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Transport Canada Quietly Loosens Rules on sUAS

A few weeks ago, Transport Canada quietly loosened the rules for users of small drones, allowing them to fly them closer to vehicles, vessels, people and airports than previously permitted. In March, the federal government announced rules for drones weighing more than 250 grams. “There was no announcement on these changes. It just happened,” said Mark Langille ,a partner with flitelab, […]

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Allianz and Flock to Launch UK’s First Pay-as-you-Fly Drone Insurance

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE (AGCS), the corporate insurance carrier of Allianz SE, is working with InsurTech startup Flock to develop digital insurance solutions for the growing drones or ‘Unmanned Aircraft Systems’ (UAS) market. The partnership’s first product, to be launched later this year in the UK market, is a mobile app (for Android and iOS […]

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UK Small RPAS Mid-Air Collision Study Published

The Department for Transport, the Military Aviation Authority and British Airline Pilots’ Association commissioned a study into the effects of a mid-air collision between small remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS, commonly known as a drones) and manned aircraft. The study was conducted by QinetiQ and Natural Impacts using laboratory collision testing and computer modelling. This […]

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Precision Farming via Satellite Imaging

Precision farming is set to become even more precise with a new camera drawing on satellite imaging. Thanks to research with ESA on new cameras, hyper-spectral cameras flying on drones are now able to see details as small as 4–5 cm. Three customers are already using the first version of the ButterflEYE LS camera: in Denmark […]

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Microdrones Successfully Completes 10 New BVLOS Test Flights Using Its Standard Solution

On July 13 and 14, Microdrones completed an exciting series of test flights that extended further than the operator could see – or, as it is referred to in the aviation industry, beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS). These flights were completed with a standard configuration of RC, telemetry and batteries, meaning that the md4-1000 aircraft is ready […]

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US Army Seeks Shape-Changing Biomimetic Aircraft

U.S. Army wants aircraft that can change their physical shape to meet the requirements of a mission. The concept is called “biomimetics,” or designing equipment based on phenomena found in nature. For example, the Wright brothers were inspired to design their first airplane after observing birds in flight.  The Army research solicitation, called Adaptive Biomimetic […]

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THOR Hybrid UAV from Singapore

Conventional multicopter drones are excellent at hovering and VTOL, but they can’t cover long distances as efficiently as fixed-wing aircraft. A team of students from the Singapore University of Technology and Design is trying to get the best of both worlds with the Transformable HOvering Rotorcraft (THOR). According to the design team, the THOR is […]

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Nett Warrior Streams Real-Time Drone Video to Soldiers

The U.S. Army is developing technology to allow dismounted soldiers to look at real time nearby air and ground drone feeds on a hand held, smartphone like ruggedized device.  The project uses a small, portable device called Nett Warrior, used by soldiers in combat to view intelligence and force-tracking data. It is a smartphone based […]

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First Routine Persistent BVLOS Commercial UAV Services from a Major International Airport

ING Robotic Aviation claims to be the first UAV company in the world to perform routine persistent Beyond Visual Line-of-Sight (BVLOS) commercial services operating from of a major international airport. The month-long initial operation supported Government security operations during a major international event. Flight operations at this level of maturity are rare in the current drone […]

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Mobile Skylight – Mobile Drone Security and UTM

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that Gryphon Sensors, a SRC Inc. company based in Central New York, has developed a state-of-the-art mobile Unmanned Traffic Management system called Mobile Skylight. The development builds on the state’s investments in the region’s emerging Unmanned Aerial Systems industry. Last August, the Governor announced a $5 million commitment through the Upstate Revitalization […]

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Drone Noise is More Annoying Than Any Other Vehicle

A preliminary NASA study has discovered that people find the noise of drones more annoying than that of ground vehicles, even when the sounds are the same volume. “We didn’t go into this test thinking there would be this significant difference,” says study coauthor Andrew Christian of NASA’s Langley Research Center, Virginia. It is almost unfortunate […]

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Royal International Air Tattoo Highlights

Some B-roll from the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) July 14 -15,  2017. The Air Tattoo held at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, England, is one of the UK’s premier outdoor events, returned this summer with an extravaganza of entertainment for all the family. Alongside the thrilling flying action, visitors were be treated to non-stop entertainment on the […]

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China to Use CH-T4 Solar Drone as ‘Quasi-Satellite’ and Wi-Fi Hub

China is developing an airborne mobile Wi-Fi hub in near space with solar-powered drones. The Feiyun (“Flying Cloud”) project is able to secure emergency communication for more than one week and proof of concept is expected to be demonstrated before the end of year. The recent and once secret flight of Caihong-T4 (CH-T4) — China’s […]

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US Navy Special Ops Interested in Air/Water Drone

At the Office of Naval Research’s annual Science and Technology Expo on Friday in Washington, D.C., a development team from Rutgers University demonstrated the unusual quadcopter, which can swim at depths of up to 10 meters, then seamlessly launch to the surface and soar into the air. The drone, developed with sponsorship from the Office […]

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