March 31, 2004

Workshop On Civil & Commercial UAV Applications

UAV Online reports an upcoming workshop titled �Downstream Applications for Civilian and Commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)'. It will be held on 6-7 May 2004 in London. 'The background of this workshop is that the applications promise of UAVs is...
Posted by Darren

March 29, 2004

X-43A Hypersonic Research UAV

UAV Online reports that NASA has conducted a flight of its X-43A hypersonic research UAV aircraft. 'This unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is 12 ft long, part aircraft and part spacecraft, will be dropped from the wing of a modified B-52...
Posted by Darren

New Mini/Micro UAVs

The Israel DF is equipping itself with these new robotic micro UAVs (pictured left). They will fit in a backpack and are highly portable enabling them to be used in all kinds of circumstances. 'The new baby drones have already...
Posted by Darren

March 24, 2004

Micro UAV flies like an Insect

Look at this amazing Micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (pictured - click to enlarge). It is currently being developed by the Seiko Epson Corp and was revealed at a Japanese trade show recently. It is being billed as 'the world's lightest...
Posted by Darren

March 23, 2004

Would you fly on an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle?

'Computers already play a major role in flying many jetliners. They have the capability of carrying out take-offs. And, they are routinely relied upon during long-range cruising. In good weather they often land planes - but always with a human...
Posted by Darren

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Civil Applications

Here are some excerpts from an interesting piece written about some of the civil applications for UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles). 'New Mexico State University's Physical Science Laboratory is lauding unmanned aerial vehicles for everything from checking on forest fires to...
Posted by Darren

GAO urges separate plan for UAVs

'The Defense Department's unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) programs are in the unique and enviable position of receiving more money than requested over the past five years, so the services have bought UAVs at a faster rate than they originally planned...
Posted by Darren

More UAV crashes

UAV Online reports that 'A Canadian Sperwer unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made an emergency landing in a farmer's field on Saturday, while a German built Luna UAV reportedly crashed near Afghanistan's presidential palace hours later.' These UAV crashes are the...
Posted by Darren

March 21, 2004

The Future of Unmanned Aircraft

Air Force Lt.Gen. Walter Buchanan III has been talking about the roles and future of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles - check out some of the following quotes which talk about the changing times of this emerging robotic industry....
Posted by Darren

UAV Completes first NASA Operation

The following excerpts from UAV completes first operational flights gives excellent insights into Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) developments at NASA. 'A small, unmanned airplane recently conducted flights along the Virginia coast showing its capability to support NASA science missions. NASA...
Posted by Darren

March 17, 2004

Government Pushing for Research on Robotics reports an increase in US government spending on research into robotic vehicles. 'Robotics and mechanical engineering departments report an influx of cash from the Department of Defense to build land vehicles, boats and aircraft that don't need soldiers, sailors...
Posted by Darren

Robotics Race Cancelled

A race for Unmanned Ground Vehicles was cancelled this week. 'Fifteen robotic vehicles took on the Pentagon's $1million-purse cross-country race Saturday, but none got farther than seven miles, ending the race shortly after it started on a rutted 142-mile course...
Posted by Darren

International UAV Conference

Later this month in Bristol the International UAV conference will be held marking the 25th anniversary of the event. UAV Online reports: 'As always, the conference is structured to give ample opportunity for networking with UAV professionals from across the...
Posted by Darren


MicroPilot is a cool UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) site that features "Miniature, Low-Cost, UAV, RPV, RC Autopilots and Autonomous GPS Navigation". 'Since 1995, MicroPilot has been designing miniature autopilots using low cost COTS GPS receivers and mems rate sensors. From...
Posted by Darren

March 13, 2004

Amphibious Unmanned Aerial Vehicle in Development

The newly formed Cyber Aerospace Corporation is developing a new amphibious unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). It will be a vertical take off and landing (VSTOL) version that is designed to operate in difficult terrain and conditions. Here is an excerpt...
Posted by Darren

March 09, 2004

Desert Hawk UAV in Action

Check out this article on the Desert Hawk UAV in action over Iraq and Afghanistan. 'A tiny spy plane developed by Lockheed Martin engineers in Palmdale is doing sentry duty around U.S. air bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. Weighing seven...
Posted by Darren

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles used in Arizona

UAVs: Little plane technology lands in southern Arizona is an article describing the latest developments in Border Patrol in Arizona. Here is a taste: 'Last month, the U.S. Border Patrol in southern Arizona got to play with a new toy....
Posted by Darren

Aerosonde UAV Flies

'A small, unmanned airplane recently conducted flights along the Virginia coast showing its capability to support NASA science missions. NASA and Aerosonde North America, Inc., conducted several flights of the Aerosonde unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) February 20 through 27. The...
Posted by Darren

March 02, 2004

Heron/Eagle UAV Unveiled at Singapore

Israel Aircraft Industries has unveiled a new Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), the Heron/Eagle, at the Asian Air Show in Singapore. This is the first time they have marketed out side of the Israel. 'IAI has unveiled the Mahats, or...
Posted by Darren

International Aerial Robotics Competition

Aerial robotics team takes off is an article about an Aerial Robotics club that is testing truely Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. They are not only working on small scale aircraft with no pilots, but aircraft that will be controlled 'with the...
Posted by Darren

11 Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems Ordered

The US have just Ordered 11 Additional Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems from United Industrial's AAI Corporation in Contracts Valued at $97 Million 'The US announced at the end of December 2003 that it was extending its full-rate production...
Posted by Darren

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Border Protection

KWSnet has a great post on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Border Protection. 'The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to improve border security is a technique that has garnered congressional attention. This CRS report for Congress examines the strengths...
Posted by Darren