April 29, 2004

Raytheon to improve unmanned aircraft control system

'Raytheon Co. won a $36.8 million contract modification from the Naval Air Systems Command to significantly upgrade the software that controls unmanned aerial vehicles, the company said.' The upgrade allows control of several UAVs simultaneously. Source...
Posted by Darren

Unmanned Robotic Traffic Cones

New Scientist reports the development of Unmanned Robotic Traffic Cones! (URTCs? - they are not UAVs...but I couldn't resist reporting the news!) The visual pictures in my head of this are quite amusing... 'Herds of robotic traffic cones could soon...
Posted by Darren

April 28, 2004

Security Blimps

It looks like Blimps might be the latest rage when it comes to security if the recent spate of articles on the topic are any indication. Newsday reports that 'a plant near Fort Benning plans to start producing unmanned spherical...
Posted by Darren

April 27, 2004

Silver Fox UAV

USA today reports that US Marines are using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) called Silver Fox in recon missions. The Silver Fox UAV is 5 feet long, propeller driven and can be launched by catapult or throwing it into the...
Posted by Darren

April 26, 2004

Robots in the Sky

Robots in the sky is an article that reports that the roles of UAVs is changing - especially in areas of conflict. No longer are Unmanned Aerial Vehicles capable of only observational or surveillance roles, but UAVs are increasingly capable...
Posted by Darren

April 25, 2004

The Eye in the Sky

Belmont Club has a fascinating post called 'The Eye in the Sky' which examines the increasing reliance upon UAVs of the US....
Posted by Darren

UAVs in use around the World

A quick look at news sources today from around the world show that UAVs are being used in a variety of locations and ways. Here are just three. Arizona Border Initiative to improve national security How Are the Israelis Targeting...
Posted by Darren

April 21, 2004

UAV named after James Bond

An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) company in the US has named their latest UAV 'GoldenEye' after the James Bond movie of the same name. Source...
Posted by Darren

April 20, 2004

UAVs in Civil Airspace - Concerns

UAV's have been getting a lot of press lately in terms of their use in overseas regions of conflict but the fact that these robotic unmanned aerial vehicles are being used increasingly at home in civil airspace is escaping the...
Posted by Darren

April 17, 2004

UAV developers test Feature Recognition Software

Recognition software originally developed for the gaming industry, to automatically spot problem gamblers when they enter venues is now being tested for use in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The software has been dubbed DIVOT (Digital Imagery and Video Object Tracking)....
Posted by Darren

April 16, 2004

More Money for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Research

Yahoo News reports that there is More Cash Flowing to Robotics Research. 'The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University has seen federal funding jump 48 percent since 2000, and by 117 percent since 1994. Much of the $24.8 million in...
Posted by Darren

April 13, 2004

Runaway US UAV Invades British Air Space

News surfaced today that a US Global Hawk UAV 'got away' recently and flew uninvited into British air space. It was given 'purple airspace' which is usually reserved for the royal family. 'Air-traffic controllers were forced to grant the privilege...
Posted by Darren

iRobot signs deal for Micro UAV

'Robot Corp. announced today that it has finalized a contract worth an estimated $32 million to develop a small remote-control robot for the U.S. The company describes the Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle (SUGV) as a "portable, reconnaissance and tactical robot...
Posted by Darren

April 10, 2004

Robotics Gains Prestige

It seems that the Robotics Industry has received a real jolt with the resent world conflicts. USA Today reports - 'Researchers in robotics have traditionally faced two debilitating obstacles: terribly expensive parts and difficulty attracting funding from anyone outside of...
Posted by Darren

April 09, 2004

GoldenEye-100 UAV Flies

The GoldenEye 100 UAV has completed its first test flight in fully autonomous control mode. 'The initial flight test program validated the GoldenEye-100's vertical takeoff and landing capability, thrust vectoring, long-duct acoustic suppression, torsionally disconnected wings, stability and control, hovering...
Posted by Darren

April 07, 2004

Revenge of the Killer Drones

UAVs are being used in new and more forceful ways by the US in regions of conflict. Check out this excellent article at Wired titled - Revenge of the Killer Drones....
Posted by Darren

Nothrop Grumman gets Global Hawk Contract

'A unit of Northrop Grumman Corp. has been awarded a $202 million contract for several Global Hawk spy planes, the U.S. military said on Thursday.' Source - Forbes...
Posted by Darren

The Planes of the Future

It seems that UAVs are the planes of tomorrow....
Posted by Darren

April 04, 2004

Australia Eyes UAV Industry

UAV Online reports that Australia is looking at their Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) future. 'The Australian Department of Industry Tourism and Resources has issued a report by its Aerospace Industry Action Agenda. Titled, �Partnering in the global context: an Australian...
Posted by Darren

April 01, 2004

UAV Design Competition

'Thirty-five (35) collegiate teams from thirty-one (31) North American Universities are preparing to compete in the SAE 2004 Aero Design East Competition, to be held April 16-18 in Deland, Florida. The competition, one of two aerospace events that are part...
Posted by Darren