August 22, 2004

Military to test unmanned surveillance plane

"An unmanned surveillance aircraft that could one day be used to patrol Canada's sprawling coastline will start zooming through the skies over the Atlantic and the Arctic within days. The gangly Altair, which is about the size of a fighter...
Posted by Darren

FR-II - Bluetooth flying bot creates buzz

"The latest mini flying robot has been unveiled by Seiko Epson in Japan. The micro flyer is the new version of the robot by the Japanese technology firm that wowed crowds last year. Weighing in at 12.3g, the FR-II is...
Posted by Darren

Italian Parliament Approves Law on UAV Deployment

"The new law, which came into being on the 21st July, states that an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or Aeromobile a Pilotaggio Remoto (APR or Remote Piloted Air vehicle), is an air vehicle piloted by a crew that operates from...
Posted by Darren

Standards Set For Sense And Avoid Systems

"One of the keys to mixing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with general air traffic is the ability of the drone to recognize and avoid unexpected traffic on its own. These Sense and Avoid (S&A) systems must be able to work...
Posted by Darren

Defence develops smart birds of prey

"SWARMS of networked, smart pilotless planes could become part of Australia's defence arsenal if work by from Defence's peak research body is successful. The Adelaide-based Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) has begun research on a "collective intelligence" for unmanned...
Posted by Darren

Billions Earmarked for UAV Procurement Through 2013

"More unmanned air vehicles will be bought in the next 10 years than in the previous four decades combined, according to a recent analysis by Forecast International.  “The Market for UAV Reconnaissance Systems Through 2013” predicts that the world’s military...
Posted by Darren

Unmanned underwater vehicles are helping to rejuvenate Keyport

"As Navy SEALs prepare below decks for a nighttime reconnaissance mission of a terrorist camp, the newly converted submarine USS Ohio launches a 5-ton object out of one its massive missile tubes. Only this object isn't a nuclear missile, but...
Posted by Darren

Forces to test unmanned patrol craft

"Unmanned aircraft will be launched from Newfoundland this month as the Canadian Forces and other groups hold trials for vehicles meant to eventually increase maritime security. The launches from Goose Bay, Nfld., are part of trials for the Atlantic Littoral,...
Posted by Darren

Jordan develops First UAVs in Arab World

"Jordan has developed the first military unmanned air vehicle in the Arab world. A partnership between the military-owned King Abdullah I Design and Development Bureau and Jordan Aerospace Industries could result in the Hashemite kingdom becoming the UAV center for...
Posted by Darren

August 21, 2004

DARPA Awards $1 Billion Robotic Aircraft Contract

"Officials at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded a $1 billion contract to an industry team led by Northrop Grumman Corp. to build three robotic reconnaissance aircraft and a computer operating system to help fly them for the...
Posted by Darren

August 08, 2004

Unmanned Aerial Helicopter - Steadicopter

"After years of development and a setback caused by the theft of its prototype, an un-piloted helicopter was declared ready for the world's market this weekend. Called the Steadicopter, company officials said it has both security and civilian uses. What...
Posted by Darren

August 07, 2004

Unmanned Flight with Windows XP Embedded

"Kids who graduated from balsa wood bi-planes to radio-controlled airplanes will love what's coming around the corner. Faculty and students at Cornell University have built an unmanned airplane with its own on-board, embedded control system. The large-scale model plane flies...
Posted by Darren

August 06, 2004

Pioneer UAV outperforms Advanced US Platforms

"An aging Israeli-origin unmanned air vehicle, currently deployed in Faluja, was said to have out-performed advanced American platforms during the U.S.-led war in Iraq. The 1st Marine Expeditionary Force has deployed the Pioneer UAV for forward aerial reconnaissance, artillery fire...
Posted by Darren

U.S. Army Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Pass 8,800 Flight Hours in Operation Iraqi Freedom

"U.S. Army RQ-7A Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle systems have flown more than 2,200 sorties and accumulated more than 8,800 flight hours while performing surveillance and reconnaissance for coalition warfighters in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Steve Reid, Shadow TUAV program director...
Posted by Darren

Marines' littlest eye in the sky takes flight in Iraq

"Cpl. Mel W. Plummer has got a whopper of a story to tell at his high school reunion. His former high school class president won't be able to match it. Here it is. He flew airplanes on combat missions in...
Posted by Darren

August 05, 2004

A-160 Hummingbird Poised to Fly

"Watch for the A-160 Hummingbird to be back in the air soon. The helicopter UAV - which uses radical areodynamics in its rotor system to impart endurance - has been grounded since early this year, pending changes since a landing...
Posted by Darren

August 04, 2004

Unmanned Combat Planes Are 'Smarter,' But Finger on the Trigger Is Human

"The Drive to develop pilotless aircraft that can replace manned planes on the most dangerous, or the tedious, combat missions has produced some important technological advances. However, while they may be unmanned, the authority for them to release weapons is...
Posted by Darren

Pilots could command Swarms of UAVs

"Jet fighter pilots could command a whole swarm of planes from the air, using a system developed by a British aerospace company. QinetiQ - formerly the UK government's Defence Evaluation and Research Agency - has developed technology that would allow...
Posted by Darren

Northrop Grumman Helps Air Force Develop Collision-Avoidance System for Unmanned Vehicle

Northrop Grumman Press Release "EL SEGUNDO, Calif., July 28, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is helping the U.S. Air Force develop collision-avoidance technology that will make it safer for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to share airspace with piloted...
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General Dynamics Awarded UAV Contract

Press Release "ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a contract by the SENTEL Corporation to provide unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) training support...
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UAVs to be test at Port of Moses Lake

"Planes without pilots may be the wave of the future, and the Port of Moses Lake is getting in on the action. At a special board of commissioners meeting Thursday afternoon, commissioners approved several items on their consent agenda connected...
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Silent Eyes Micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicle - Testing Successful

"The Raytheon Co., which has its Missile Systems division based in Tucson, Tuesday reported successful tests and demonstrations of its SilentEyes Micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) by ejecting it from an MQ-9 Predator pylon-mounted canister during tests at Edwards Air...
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Silent Eyes Micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicle - Testing Successful

"The Raytheon Co., which has its Missile Systems division based in Tucson, Tuesday reported successful tests and demonstrations of its SilentEyes Micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) by ejecting it from an MQ-9 Predator pylon-mounted canister during tests at Edwards Air...
Posted by Darren

Cyber Scout in Test Flight Mode

Proxity Digital Networks has announced that they Unmanned air scout, the Cyber Scout, is currently in test flight mode. "The UAV is designed to operate innovative clandestine reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition and could be hand-carried into battle to perform hunter-killer...
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Call for UAV Tender - Australian Coastwatch

"Senator Chris Ellison, Minister for Justice and Customs, in releasing a request for tender (RFT) for Australia’s civil maritime surveillance operation, which is run by Coastwatch, said private firms played a crucial role in protecting Australia’s borders from illicit drugs,...
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X-45As Fly Together for First Time

"Two Boeing X-45A unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) flew under the control of a single pilot-operator, successfully working together in a co-ordinated flight, thereby, completing what is claimed to be the first ever multiple air vehicle control flight demonstration. The...
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US Airforce building Top Secret Drone

In what could be the largest top-secret aircraft program since the B-2 bomber, the U.S. Air Force is racing to develop a stealthy, supersonic, long-range unmanned reconnaissance plane that would give commanders better intelligence on the ever-shifting targets in the...
Posted by Darren