An experiment using fake ducks to stand in for the real thing has found that when it comes to counting birds, drones beat humans. Jarrod Hodgson and his colleagues at the University of Adelaide in Australia had previously used aerial images from drones to count seabirds and found that the drones had a more comprehensive view of the […]
Insitu Inc., Bingen, Washington, is being awarded $19,611,424 for firm-fixed-price delivery order N6833517F0079 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N68335-16-G-0046) in support of the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. This order provides for the procurement of five ScanEagle Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs), spares, support equipment, field service representatives, operators to provide technical […]
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Russia-based Radar MMS released further details of its BPV-500 vertical-takeoff and landing (VTOL) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) at the MAKS 2017 airshow in Zhukovsky near Moscow. Radar MMS representative Sergey Prokofiev told Jane’s that the BPV-500 is designed to operate from land and naval vessels, and is intended to fill a range of mission sets. […]
The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), DJI, and Fly-Robotics will be presenting a public safety training workshop as part of the pre-conference offerings at Drone World Expo 2017, taking place October 3-4 at the San Jose Convention Center. The workshop will be held on Monday, October 2nd from 9am – 12 pm and 1pm – […]
The UK Department for Transport ran a public consultation between 21 December 2016 and 15 March 2017. The purpose of this consultation was to receive feedback on the Government’s proposals to develop the UK’s policy and regulatory framework for drones. The consultation covered proposals in the following key areas: Stimulating drone innovation and enterprise […]
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Russia’s Kronshtadt Group has developed a laser system for determining the coordinates of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) designed to give the exact data on a drone’s position at its approach phase. The technology was presented at the MAKS-2017 international airshow. “The system is designed to automatically scan the airspace sector in the direction of the […]
XTEK has on July 25th. formally signed the previously detailed contract to supply small unmanned aerial systems (SUAS) to the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Under the agreement, XTEK is the prime contractor and will deliver a range of products worth circa A$42 million to the ADF over three years, commencing 1 July 2018. AeroVironment, Inc. participated in […]
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Chinese small unmanned-aircraft manufacturer Ehang plans the launch next year of a commercial version of its autonomous single-passenger vertical-takeoff-and-landing air vehicle that flies without a pilot, under the control of a plug-and-play iPad. That vehicle will likely be larger and heavier as the current Ehang 184 is weight-limited to a single passenger of 220 lb. […]
Opening the ICAO Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Symposium in Abuja yesterday, ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu stressed the importance of a globally coherent regulatory framework for the management of unmanned air traffic. “If you consider a company envisaging a global drone fleet to enhance its deliveries, the value of having a myriad of […]
Kronstadt Technologies unveiled the first Russian medium altitude long endurance (MALE) class unmanned aerial system (UAS) prototype, during the MAKS 2017 airshow. Dubbed the Orion-E, 1 ton class surveillance UAV have been undergoing flight testing in the country since last year and had been revealed earlier through grainy images. The UAV has an external design […]
A pile of eight gutted Ironman toys sat on the gym floor last week at Insitu’s RoboFlight Academy, held at Henkle Middle School in White Salmon. The remote-controlled flying toys had been stripped of their circuit boards and motors, which were put to better use in a variety of made-from-scratch drones by the 25 mostly […]
The DOD’s Navy Special Warfare Command signed a $1.5 million deal with San Diego-based SkySafe to test a field-deployed mobile counter-drone system aimed at detecting, identifying, tracking and intercepting a blossoming fleet of commercial drones outfitted to attack U.S. forces. Although the system is aimed at military applications, it could also be used by domestic […]
A Perth student has built a high-performance drone with a new kind of battery that allows it to fly faster for longer, hitting speeds up to 65 kilometres per hour. Tom Maclaurin is not studying science or engineering, but the second-year law student at the University of WA said he’d had an interest in unmanned […]
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Forest fires are common phenomena and they often lead to fatal consequences. Both on the environment but also on people and animals living in the area. Take the fire in Little Valley, Nevada, as an example. In October 2016, embers from a controlled burn set 10 days earlier in timber sparked and flared in the wind. When […]
Leonardo DRS announced that it has received a contract award from the U.S. Army for up to $16 million, under an urgent operational need, to develop a counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) capability to protect soldiers from enemy drones. As the lead systems integrator, Leonardo DRS will work with its teammate, Moog Inc., and additional industry […]
Russia will start work soon to develop a radar system mounted on a helicopter-type drone for artillery reconnaissance, a source in the Russian defense sector told TASS. “The basic goal is to develop a reconnaissance radar complex based on a helicopter-type drone to track mobile and immobile targets. The complex’s development will soon begin,” the […]
Aerial dogfighting began more than a century ago in the skies over Europe with propeller-driven fighter aircraft carried aloft on wings of fabric and wood. An event held recently in southern California could mark the beginning of a new chapter in this form of aerial combat. In what may have been the first aerial encounter […]
The US Navy has issued its latest draft request for proposals for what will be the service’s first operational carrier-based unmanned aerial vehicle. The draft RFP for the MQ-25A Stingray unmanned aerial refuelling tanker will be the last refinement of the program requirements before the final RFP goes out to four industry competitors in the fall, […]
South Korea’s locally developed TR-60 tiltrotor unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has for the first time successfully carried out flight trials from a moving ship, the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) said in a statement on 11 July. The 200 kg UAV took off from and landed on the flight deck of a Korea Coast Guard […]
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Izhevsk-based Unmanned Systems is using this year’s MAKS show to present a mock-up of its new development, the Supercam S450 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). This upgraded version of the Supercam S350 baseline has its accumulator-powered endurance extended to eight hours and can carry four kilograms of payload. The developer says the UAV has a maximum […]
Marduk Technologies expects to demonstrate a prototype of its Shark counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) system in the August/September timeframe with the Estonian military. Indrek Seppo, Marduk Technologies’ CEO, told Jane’s that the testing of limited aspects of the system will focus on Shark’s electro-optical (EO) tracking technology and that they are working to extend the range of […]
Russia’s Kronshtadt hi-tech firm has started to offer its Orion-E unmanned aerial vehicle for export, Kronshtadt CEO Armen Isaakyan said on Wednesday. “We are today announcing this complex and are already working with our partners in Rosoboronexport [state arms seller] and are beginning to offer it for exports. We expect it to enjoy demand,” the […]
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Liteye Systems, Inc., provider of the AUDS counter drone defense system deployed with US military forces in combat, and Numerica Corporation, creator of robust solutions that protect valuable assets in mission-critical environments, have signed an exclusive partnership to develop enhanced abilities for Liteye’s counter UAS systems. “Our team is happy to partner with Numerica as […]
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On September 28~30, 2007, over eighty P-51 Mustangs and hundreds of WWII aviation Legends including Fighter Aces, Tuskegee Airmen and WASPs and thousands of spectators came together for the “Gathering of Mustangs and Legends” at Rickenbacker Airport in Columbus Ohio. Many other aircraft attended this special one-time only event as well. You have to see […]
The U.S. federal research facility Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) needed something that could carry lots of equipment to measure solar irradiance, three-dimensional windspeed, and analyze air particulates. It needed an aircraft to help climate scientists understand what’s happening in an ecosystem undergoing a massive transformation. However, a manned aircraft would be too expensive (and potentially dangerous), […]
Russian Helicopters (part of the Rostech corporation) has displayed the prototypes of rotorcraft unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, for ice observation and operation in the Arctic environment, as well as for monitoring and remote sensing, the company’s press service reported on Tuesday. “The VRT 300 system has been designed and is being exhibited at […]
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Bobby Watts of Orlando, Florida has built the world’s first digital 360-degree drone billboard. An avid model aircraft enthusiast, Watts was inspired to build the UAV-billboard by observing people’s amazed reactions upon first encountering a drone being piloted. The billboard, which Watts calls “Drobotron“, was hovering above Orlando’s Parc Corniche Hotel. where it advertised pizza […]
Israeli startup Flytrex wants to be the FedEx of the drone-delivery world. Just as FedEx doesn’t manufacture trucks or planes but provides the software and human infrastructure to make the most of existing tools, Flytrex has created a cloud-based back-end that allows its customers to operate drones remotely. Flytrex’s software is about more than being able to […]
Mr Dele Sesegbon, the Director of General Aviation, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), says the agency is determined to regulate the use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) in Nigerian airspace. He said in Abuja that NCAA had a proposed regulation already to drive both commercial and private RPAS operation commonly known as drones and […]
uAvionix and ForeFlight join forces to announce the availability of Scout, a revolutionary portable, dual-band ADS-B receiver that delivers inflight weather and traffic information to the ForeFlight Mobile app in the smallest, most elegant form-factor on the market. Retailing at $199 USD, Scout is the industry’s most affordable off-the-shelf ADS-B In solution. Scout is easy […]
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Airbus Defence and Space has successfully tested a new type of aircraft that will aid the development of future unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for series production. The unmanned jet-propelled demonstrator with the project name SAGITTA flew completely autonomously for around seven minutes over Denel’s Overberg Test Range (OTR) in South Africa, on a pre-programmed course. […]
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Eleven years of joint effort by Unmanned Systems Canada and Tranport Canada has reached the milestone announcement in Canada Gazette One of the proposed regulations for small UAS operating in Visual Line of Sight. The full document can be accessed here. Unmanned Systems Canada will be seeking industry input to provide Transport Canada with a […]
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Palestinian security forces recovered a small Israeli drone that crashed in the northern West Bank on Tuesday morning, handing it over to the IDF through the Defense Ministry’s Civil Administration, the army said. There did not appear to be a risk that classified information could be retrieved from the device, military officials said. The Skylark-model […]
Estonia’s Eli Airborne Solutions expects to start field testing of its Drone Nest later this year, with a goal of having a production-ready system in early 2018. Mikk Sarapik, Eli’s sales manager, told Jane’s that trials with the Estonian Border Guard are scheduled to commence in the October timeframe. The Drone Nest concept aims to provide a […]
The Dubai-based investment fund group Bracknor has come to the financial rescue of CybAero Ab, the Sweden-based and Nordic leader in the production of remotely piloted military and civilian aircraft systems. CybAero has signed a debt-refinancing deal with Bracknor that will ease a critical working-capital burden that threatened to destabilize the drone maker’s development, production […]
Long a tool of US allies trying to foil improvised explosive devices, unmanned systems now may be entering the fray against friendly forces. Lt. Gen. Michael H. Shields, USA, director, Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization (JIDO), says his organization anticipated this threat, and as such have organized in a way to both understand, react and respond to […]
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Hydrogen fuel cell technology is really an environmentally friendly solution towards a drone industry bottleneck, because it can provide continuous power for UAVs so long as the hydrogen is supplied continually. MMC hydrogen fuel cell H1-Fuel Cell is an evolutionary product that is tailored-designed to enable commercial drone for long endurance. H1- Fuel Cell, an environmentally friendly […]
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On July 12, the Turkish Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced that the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) Anka medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) undertook its first armed strike against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). In the video clip released by the Turkish MoD, the Anka was armed with at least two Roketsan MAM-L air-to-surface missiles. Using the Roketsan […]
Transport Canada’s plan to patrol the Arctic with a drone has been delayed by at least two years, partly because the unmanned aircraft is so large it’s considered a kind of missile and falls under complex arms-control rules. The $39.5-million project, approved June 2015, was supposed to see a drone flying patrols by March next […]
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Two Tucson companies were part of a team that recently claimed a new U.S. record for long-distance urban delivery by a drone, using cellphone networks to help navigate a simulated 97-mile trip. Team Roadrunner, a Nevada unmanned aircraft consortium that included Tucson-based Latitude Engineering and AUV Flight Services, conducted the flight in Texas in early […]
The US Professional Photographers of America (PPA), a nonprofit photography association touting 30,000 members in more than 50 countries, has launched a “Certified Drone Photographer” programme for members. This unique program ensures that you are not only legal to fly drones, but also equipped with the education to take the best pictures using drones. Before you jump […]
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As the use of unmanned aircraft systems rises across the world, researchers from around the Defense Department are testing new ways to counter the new threats they could present. The Air Force’s 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron here teamed up with a researcher from the Air Force Research Lab to teach airmen how to pilot […]
During the recordings of the most downloaded series of the Games of Thrones, the NEO drone has been used in Iceland provided by the Dutch company Acecore Technologies. The recordings took place last winter at different locations in Iceland. According to owner and pilot Jorrit Linders the weather conditions were very extreme. It was for […]
At the recent meeting of the Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team (UAST), the team created three risk reduction working groups. UAS Loss of Control (LOC) is a very real safety concern. Due to the number of UAS sightings at extreme altitudes and close proximity to manned aircraft one can reasonably assume a loss of control to be a […]
Germany’s Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) on 11 July awarded EMT a EUR63 million (USD71.85 million) framework contract for the Luftgestützte Unbemannte Nahaufklärungsausstattung Next Generation (LUNA NG) reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The contract covers the production, qualification and delivery of three operational LUNA NG systems and a training […]
Logos Technologies announced that its powerful, lightweight Redkite wide-area motion imagery (WAMI) sensor successfully completed testing aboard a TigerShark, a tactical unmanned aerial vehicle developed by the Navmar Applied Sciences Corporation (NASC). The flight, which was conducted in Yuma, Arizona, on behalf of the U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), once again demonstrated the […]
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The Oneida County Legislature Wednesday approved two resolutions that will allow the national corporation to rent and commission research on the possibility of drone delivery for orders. ″(Walmart) is working with another UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) test site; they’ve already started doing preliminary work and they’re working out West,” said Oneida County Aviation Commissioner Russell Stark. […]
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Part 107 pilots who wish to fly in controlled airspace can consult the maps published online to determine whether the requested area of operation is likely to be approved. Under the current, mostly manual system, airspace authorization requests must be submitted online to be evaluated individually by FAA staff in Washington, D.C., and the process can require up to […]
NEW BRAUNFELS—NBU will be utilizing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) —commonly known as drones—to perform inspections on three-phase electric distribution lines starting on July 14. The work is being performed by NBU contractor Survey and Mapping, LLC (SAM) and will include the following areas: 1. E. Torrey Street from Elizabeth Avenue to the dead-end northeast of […]
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Giant Scale Model Airplane Chance Vought F4U Corsair presented on the Model Air Show in Berlin Gatow Germany in June 2015. There was a small problem with the landing. Due to the crosswind. Pilot: Herbert Schumann Source: YouTube