November 30, 2004

Marines Aided by Robotic Airplane in Iraq

'A robotic airplane called ScanEagle has done more than 1,000 hours of intelligence and reconnaissance work for the Marines in Iraq, its developers said. It was developed and built by the St. Louis-based defense unit of Boeing Co. and...
Posted by Darren

November 25, 2004

US UAV crashes in Afghanistan

'A U.S. unmanned aerial vehicle crashed in eastern Afghanistan Wednesday, the military said. The UAV crashed over eastern Paktya province and mechanical problems are believed to be the cause, the Combined Military Command announced. It was not brought down by...
Posted by Darren

November 24, 2004

Global Hawk moves north

'Unmanned plane to stay at Beale The Air Force's first production RQ-4A Global Hawk unmanned reconnaissance plane has arrived at its new home at Beale Air Force Base in Northern California. Designated AF-3, the unmanned aerial vehicle arrived after a...
Posted by Darren

November 20, 2004

Hizbullah reveals new details of its new Iran-designed UAV Yahoo! Groups : osint Messages : Message 45556 of 45564

'Hizbullah reveals new details of its new Iran-designed UAV Hizbullah has provided additional information about its new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Hizbullah Secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah said the Mirsad-1 UAV has a payload of up to 50 kilograms. Nasrallah told...
Posted by Darren

November 18, 2004

Security Sources Deny Israeli UAV's in Ivory Coast

'Israeli security sources on Wednesday denied a report by France's TF1 television station that accused Israeli mercenaries of operating spy drones in the war-torn Ivory Coast, but confirmed that a private Israeli company had supplied unmanned aerial vehicles to...
Posted by Darren

Remote control could save soldiers' lives

'Unmanned aerial vehicles and other so-called "stand-off" weapons, whether currently used or in secret testing, belong to a developing high-tech arsenal that the U.S. military says will help minimize casualties as it battles insurgents. Most of the systems are...
Posted by Darren

Multiple Mars UAV Proposals Likely in Next Scout Competition

'Several competing unmanned aerial vehicle missions are likely to be proposed for flight on Mars in NASA's next Scout competition, according to Andy Gonzales, program manager for NASA Ames Research Center's MATADOR project. Set to begin in roughly a...
Posted by Darren

New Vehicles Will Make Own Decisions Based on Commands

'The next war could be fought partly by unmanned aircraft that respond to spoken commands in plain English and then figure out on their own how to get the job done, even dodging enemy aircraft as they carry out...
Posted by Darren

November 17, 2004

First Production Global Hawk UAV Arrives at Beale Air Force Base

'The first production RQ-4A Global Hawk unmanned aerial reconnaissance vehicle has arrived at its new home at Beale Air Force Base, Calif. Designated AF-3, the UAV arrived on Oct. 28 following a short ferry flight from the Birk Flight...
Posted by Darren

Northrop Grumman Opens New Systems Integration Laboratory to Reduce Development Risks for X-47B Combat UAV

'Northrop Grumman Corporation has opened a new system integration laboratory (SIL) to help identify any potential hardware, software or system cost issues related to the development of its X-47B combat unmanned air vehicle long before the first air vehicle...
Posted by Darren

November 15, 2004

No Pilot Needed - US Army does battle by remote

'BY the light of flashlights and a crescent moon, the three-member crew catapults a 136kg pilotless airplane into the sky. Minutes later, other US soldiers behind a computer screen inside a shed monitor video images from the plane, known...
Posted by Darren

November 14, 2004

Border Patrol evaluating second type of UAV

'The Border Patrol has started testing a second type of unmanned plane for surveillance work in southeastern Arizona. This one is called a Hunter. It's being used to look for immigrant and drug smuggling activity along the U-S-Mexico border'...
Posted by Darren

November 12, 2004

Iraq May get Killer Drones

'The U.S. military has been flying drones over Iraq since Desert Storm, back in '91. But, up 'til now, they've basically served in just one role: as airborne spies, taking pictures of what's below. The Army wants to change...
Posted by Darren

November 11, 2004

Iran Supplied Eight UAVs to Hezbollah

'Iran has not only supplied Hezbollah with these UAVs but has also trained 30 of the groups members to operate them, the official (a senior commander in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards) told the London-based Arab daily al-Sharq al-Awsat. He...
Posted by Darren

November 10, 2004

Northrop Grumman Combat UAV is Set for Flight in 2007

'A carrier-based unmanned strike and reconnaissance aircraft is a step closer to reality with the award of a $1.04 billion contract to Northrop Grumman for the demonstration and operational assessment of its X-47B design for the Joint Unmanned Combat...
Posted by Darren

Northrop Grumman Validates Design of X-47B Combat UAV with Low-Speed Wind Tunnel Tests

'Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has used a series of low-speed wind tunnel tests to successfully validate the aerodynamic design of the X-47B unmanned combat aerial vehicle it is developing for the Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems (J-UCAS) Concept Demonstration...
Posted by Darren

Unmanned Aircraft Gain Starring Role in Terror War

' 'Unmanned aerial vehicles are earning star status in the global war on terror, becoming the most-requested capability among combatant commanders in Southwest Asia and increasing fourfold in that theater during the last year alone, according to the deputy...
Posted by Darren

Volcano 'cowboys' who ride a ring of fire | csmonitor.com

Just found an article which mentions how UAVs are being used in the study of Mt St. Helens volcano. 'Following the military's lead, they're also experimenting with unmanned aerial vehicles - tiny ground-controlled airplanes packed with instruments - to...
Posted by Darren

November 09, 2004

Future Pilots Could Fly With UAV Wing Man Under Their Direct Control

'Aeronautics researchers at MIT have developed a manned-to-unmanned aircraft guidance system that allows a pilot in one plane to guide another unmanned airplane by speaking commands in English. In a flight test, the pilotless vehicle, called a UAV (unmanned...
Posted by Darren

November 08, 2004

IDF confirms Hizbullah aerial drone over northern Israel

'The IDF on Sunday confirmed a Hizbullah claim that the terrorist group sent an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that flew into Israeli airspace over Nahariya near the Lebanese border. The army said the drone entered Israeli airspace, flew around...
Posted by Darren

November 04, 2004

Northrop Grumman Combat UAV Set for Flight in 2007

'A carrier-based unmanned strike and reconnaissance aircraft is a step closer to reality with the award of a $1.04 billion contract to Northrop Grumman for the demonstration and operational assessment of its X-47B design for the Joint Unmanned Combat...
Posted by Darren

Army resumes unarmed military vehicle flights near Korea DMZ

'The U.S. military in South Korea has resumed flying unmanned aerial vehicles near the Demilitarized Zone, a U.S. Forces Korea newspaper reported Friday. Last September, military officials touted the addition of the Shadow 200 Tactical UAV to the 2nd...
Posted by Darren

Shadow UAV - 'Eye in the Sky'

'Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team watched as four 500 pound bombs dropped on carefully chosen targets, the live video feed courtesy of Alpha Company, 101st Military Intelligence Battalion and the RQ-7A Shadow Unmanned Aerial Vehicles they operate...
Posted by Darren

Israel about to close $230m. drone deal with India

'Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) is about to close a $230 million deal with the Indian army to sell it about 50 Heron/Eagle drones. Security sources in India confirmed that the parties have worked out the details of the deal....
Posted by Darren

MIT team guides airplane remotely using spoken English

'Aeronautics researchers at MIT have developed a manned-to-unmanned aircraft guidance system that allows a pilot in one plane to guide another unmanned airplane by speaking commands in English. In a flight test, the pilotless vehicle, called a UAV (unmanned...
Posted by Darren

November 02, 2004

Proxity Announces Micro-Mini UAV

'Proxity Digital Networks, through Cyber Aerospace, an operating subsidiary of Proxity's Cyber Defense Systems, announced last Friday (October 29) it is completing development of the low cost CyberBug, a 2 lb. micro-mini UAV. When fully developed, the Armed Forces,...
Posted by Darren