January 30, 2004

Autonomous Military Vehicles

Army's robot for no man's land gives a great overview of 'Autonomous Machines' in the military - including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. It looks at the history and current developments. 'Using autonomous machines in the military became possible in the mid-1980s,...
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NAVAIR demonstrates Fire Scout

NAVAIR has continued to make breakthroughs with the Fire Scout by demonstrating 'top level' control late last year. 'NAVAIR recorded another first in naval aviation history when a P-3COrion launched, took control of, and recovered a Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff...
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Yamaha Rmax

Gizmo has a great piece on the Yamaha Rmax UAV. It bills it as 'the worlds most advanced commercial UAV'. 'Now the RMAX is not cheap by any standard but that of full-scale aviation. The absolute base-model airframe suitable for...
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Micro UAVs

I always find miniaturization fascinating. It extends to so many fields including that of miniaturization of UAVs. Check out the future of unmanned aerial vehicle surveillance: 'The aircrafts, under development at Brigham Young University for the Air Force, can literally...
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Autonomous Helicopter Project

Australia's CSIRO has been developing a Autonomous Helicopter Project. They introduce the project by writing: 'We are automating a standard size 60, JR Ergo, model helicopter. The goal of the project is to be able to specify a mission, such...
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Too many Drones?

Defence Tech asks the question: has US military has been too focused on Drones/UAVs? There seems to be a move . 'The upshot is a renewed emphasis on long-term investments in research and development for manned aviation, which has suffered...
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January 29, 2004

More US Airspace needed for UAVs

New York Times reports that: 'The secretary of transportation called Tuesday for tripling the air traffic capacity of the United States in the next 15 to 20 years to make room for more jet taxis, private jets, airliner traffic and...
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Fire Scout Officially Joins US Army

UV Online announces this latest Fire Scout Development. 'Northrop Grumman Corporation�s Fire Scout vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (TUAV) system has officially been named as the Class IV unmanned aerial system (UAS) for the US Army's...
Posted by Darren

January 28, 2004

High-Altitude Airships

Popular Science has a great article about some of the bigger UAVs that we might see in the next few year. 'Being oversize has its advantages. Just ask researchers at the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, which recently dished out $40...
Posted by Darren

January 27, 2004

Fort Huachuca

Fort Huachuca will be the largest UAV facility in the world 'Unmanned aerial vehicle training on Fort Huachuca, as well as the clean electromagnetic environment around the post, are critical to the Southwest Defense Complex, he said. The fort will...
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Fire Scout Development

Space Daily has a great article looking at 100 years of manned flight and considering recent developments in unmanned aerial vehicles - particularly the Fire Scout. They write: 'Fire Scout's accomplishments in 2003 included: - Selection as the U.S. Army's...
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X-43A Prepares For Captive Carry Test

UV Online reports that the X-43A is being prepared for a captive carry flight currently scheduled for 21 February in NASA's Hyper-X program. Following is an excerpt from their article. 'Pending thorough evaluation of all flight data, the captive-carry test...
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The Shadow - Iraq

Check out this article about the use of the Shadow in Iraq. 'The Army has recently developed and deployed a new information gatherer � the Shadow, a tactical unmanned aerial vehicle. Soldiers from the 312th and 313th Military Intelligence Battalions...
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UAV Contract Awarded

'AAI Corp. of Hunt Valley won a $17.19 million contract from the Army's Aviation and Missile Command for unmanned aerial vehicle system support services.' Source - Washington Post...
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UAV wreckage found - Kabul

The wreckage of a Canadian spy plane has been spotted on a hillside in Kabul Afghanistan. It is expected to take a number of days to access the UAV as it has fallen in the middle of a minefield. 'The...
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UAV used in Archaeology

This article reports that Archaeologists working on the Chester's Roman Amphitheatre may use a UAV to photograph their work from previously unobtainable angles. The potential uses for UAVs are endless....
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Dragonfly

JINSA reports on a recent test flight of the Dragonfly X-50: 'After vertical take-off, as the craft picks up forward speed, the rotors of the Dragonfly slow and lock into place becoming horizontal wings enabling normal flight. The canard rotor-wing...
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Firescout

The RQ-8A Fire Scout is a vertical takeoff and landing tactical unmanned air vehicle (UAV) system in development for the US Navy. Space Daily reports: 'Fire Scout will fly at an altitude of up to 20,000 feet, and use an...
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Limitations Hamper UAV Use in Iraq

The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs reports that the usage of UAVs in Iraq was limited despite advancements in technology. 'Despite fielding over one hundred more unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to Iraq, UAVs in Afghanistan struck twice as many...
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January 26, 2004

Shadow 200

The AAI's Shadow 200 UAV was used in Iraq in place of the Predator by the US military. A shadow 200 costs around $300,000 and is much smaller than the Predator. They are only 11 feet in length and do...
Posted by Darren

January 22, 2004

UAV Books

- Books - 21st Century U.S. Military Documents Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Roadmap 2002 to 2027 (pictured right) - Global Hawk and Darkstar - Introduction to Uav Systems - Unmanned Air Vehicles: An Illustrated Study of UAVs...
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January 21, 2004

DIY UAVs

Ever wanted to have your own unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) like the ones the military use to spy on other countries. Now you can with DIY UAVs. Watch out! We're building a system for autonomous aerial vehicles for the hobbiest....
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UAV Links

- Civil Servant - Aussie Scientists make UAVs affordable for civil applications - Nasa's UAV Site - The Sky Has Eyes - Aerovironment's Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Page - Expert assessment of developments in UAV technology - Research on Autonomous Unmanned...
Posted by Darren

January 20, 2004

Civil UAVs

Civil servant is an interesting article about UAVs being developed for civil uses. Here is an excerpt: 'Australian researchers have designed an unmanned aerial vehicle using low-cost systems, making it affordable for civil as well as military use. The helicopter-like...
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Canard Rotor/Wing (CRW)

'Currently under development at Boeing Phantom Works is the next generation high-speed, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft known as the Canard Rotor/Wing or CRW. Under an agreement with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Boeing will build and f...
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January 19, 2004

Introduction to UAVs

The Sky has Eyes is a great introduction to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Here are some excerpts: Both helicopters and spy planes have a very serious weakness: they must be piloted by human beings; that is to say, human beings...
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NASA UAV Page

The Wallops Flight Facility's (NASA) UAV web page is an excellent UAV resource. Following is an excerpt from their overview. 'A number of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) presently exist, both domestically and internationally. Their payload weight carrying capability, their accommodations...
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January 17, 2004

Global Hawk UAV

The Global Hawk UAV is over 40 feet long. It is controlled by a human controller (not an onboard computer) and has the capability to stay in the air for up to 40 hours - traveling up to 3,000 miles...
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Cypher UAV

The Cypher is one of the smallest (6.5 feet in diameter) and best known UAV. It is highly maneuverable and most importantly has the ability to fly itself making it a completely automated spy plane. It is a unique...
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UAV Market Expanding

Space Daily reports that the global market for UAVs is rapidly expanding in both civil and military capacities. Europe is a market with incredible potential. 'In Europe, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy will invest most heavily in UAVs....
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