August 31, 2006

UK examines civilian use of UAVs

'The UK is examing the possible deployment of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) within 10 years across Britain's airspace for a range of civilian tasks including traffic control and environmental monitoring, The Guardian reports. UAVs cannot currently operate in UK...
Posted by Darren

Fuel-cell aircraft runs on hydrogen, emits water

'U.S. researchers have successfully tested an unmanned aircraft capable of flying on compressed hydrogen, with hopes to eventually build a similar aircraft able to manage a trans-Atlantic flight. Scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology claim that this aircraft...
Posted by Darren

India to use drones to help flush out Maoist rebels

'India will use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to search for Maoist rebels and their camps in inaccessible regions of the central state of Chhattisgarh, a top security official said on Wednesday. This has been a long-pending demand of several...
Posted by Darren

ISRAEL DEVELOPS UAV HYBRID MOTOR

'An Israel firm has developed a hybrid motor for unmanned aerial vehicles. Israel's Bental Industries has developed a hybrid motor for miniature to medium-size UAVs. Executives said the electric motor would activate and replace the internal combustion engine during...
Posted by Darren

IDF used Hermes 450 UAV in Lebanon

'“Aviation Week” reports in its latest issue that the IDF deployed armed Hermes 450 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), built by Elbit Systems Ltd. (Nasdaq: ESLT; TASE: ESLT), during the Lebanon war. “Aviation Week” says Israel Air Force 200 squadron,...
Posted by Darren

August 30, 2006

Northrop awaits word on Air Force contract

'Northrop Grumman Corp. is hoping to land a $2 billion Air Force contract next month that could mean hundreds of jobs for its Melbourne defense unit. If the 10-year deal to produce an advanced air-operations communications system comes Northrop's...
Posted by Darren

Unmanned airplane flies on hydrogen fuel

'The largest unmanned aircraft to rely solely on hydrogen fuel has flown successfully during tests. The plane, with a 22-foot-wingspan, is powered by a fuel-cell system that generates 500 watts—equal to five bright light bulbs. “That raises a lot...
Posted by Darren

On the horizon ... pilotless planes as fishermen's and firefighters' friends

'Pilotless planes used by the military to drop bombs and carry out reconnaissance will be flying over Britain by the end of the decade under proposals from a government-backed project. The drones could be used to monitor the environment,...
Posted by Darren

August 29, 2006

Elbit Adds To UAV Line With Skylark II

'Aero-News has learned unmanned aerial vehicle developer Elbit Systems Ltd. has introduced a new variant of its Skylark family, called the Skylark II. Integrating technologies developed for the man-packed Skylark I mini UAV system and Hermes tactical UAV systems,...
Posted by Darren

August 28, 2006

Flight Demo Of Hand-Launched CyberBug UAV

'Cyber Defense Systems announces the CyberBug UAV flight demonstration will take place on Wednesday August 23 at 11:30 AM. National Security Associates, Inc. will host the scheduled event for law enforcement, military and media at the National Security Centre...
Posted by Darren

New Globalhawk Unveiled

'Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) rolled out the first production version of the new RQ-4 Block 20 Global Hawk unmanned aerial reconnaissance system in a ceremony today at the company’s Antelope Valley Manufacturing Center in Palmdale. Company and U.S. Air...
Posted by Darren

Using unmanned aircraft for science

'Researchers in Boulder, Colo., are leading a movement to enlist unmanned aircraft for scientific missions too long or dangerous for human pilots. Such data-gathering excursions, lasting 30 hours or longer and capable of covering half the circumference of the...
Posted by Darren

Long haul flight for UAV

'Qinetiq’s Zephyr High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) solar powered Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) achieved its longest flight to date during a set of flight trials at the end of July. One of the three aircraft flown in the trials...
Posted by Darren

New unmanned drone unveiled

'The first production model of a $28 million Global Hawk unmanned aircraft was unveiled Friday at a Northrop Grumman Corp. plant that will turn out versions of the surveillance craft for years to come, an Air Force official said....
Posted by Darren

August 25, 2006

U.S. Army awards UAV data link contract

'The U.S. Army has awarded a contract to United Industrial Corp. for the integration of a new tactical common data link into the RQ-7B Shadow drone. The $11.7 million pact was awarded to United Industrial Corp's AAI subsidiary by...
Posted by Darren

Unmanned F-35 on horizon

'Some contend Lockheed Martin's Joint Strike Fighter will be the last manned fighter jet as interest grows in unmanned aerial vehicles, but the corporation has already played with the idea of taking the man out of the fighter jet....
Posted by Darren

August 24, 2006

Aerospace, Conrad talk UAVs with FAA

'The John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences is making a bid to play a larger role in the development and regulation of unmanned aerial vehicles. Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., and Nicholas Sabatini, associate administrator with the Federal Aviation...
Posted by Darren

August 18, 2006

US Air Force to study UAV integration on the ground

'The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is to research automated ground handling and approach and departure manoeuvre systems for unmanned air vehicles operating from air bases that are simultaneously handling manned aircraft. Contracts will be awarded in mid-September...
Posted by Darren

August 17, 2006

F-35 Jet UAV

'Lockheed Martin Corp. has designed ways to convert its new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter into a combat drone as part of a broad push into robot technologies, company officials said Tuesday. Lockheed hopes to become as famous for its...
Posted by Darren

UAV to be used against Chhattisgarh Maoists

'For the first time in anti-Maoist operations in India, an Indian Air Force (IAF) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is to be used to track down the guerrilla hideouts and to monitor their movements, IAF sources said on Tuesday. "We...
Posted by Darren

New UAVs from Lockheed Martin

'Hard on the heels of its July unveiling of the Polecat high altitude research UAV, Lockheed Martin has revealed plans for a diverse range of new unmanned combat aircraft — some bordering on the exotic. Among them are an...
Posted by Darren

Aerosonde makes successful flight of a MicroSpectrometer Payload on UAV

'NASA conducted a successful flight of a MicroSpectrometer Payload on an Aerosonde UAV. The Aerosonde UAV was picked as the UAV of choice due to its Exceptional Performance Capabilities. The payload flown on the Aerosonde UAV was a MicroSpectrometer...
Posted by Darren

US Air Force to study UAV integration on the ground

'The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is to research automated ground handling and approach and departure manoeuvre systems for unmanned air vehicles operating from air bases that are simultaneously handling manned aircraft. Contracts will be awarded in mid-September...
Posted by Darren

How To Overwork UAV Operators

'U.S. Army UAV operators have restrictions on how many hours a month they can spend operating aircraft. Monthly, they can spend 140 hours at the controls. That averages out to less than five hours a day. But in any...
Posted by Darren

August 16, 2006

Nostromo Defensa puts first South American UAV into series production

'Nostromo Defensa S.A of Argentina is pleased to report that the first UAV produced in series in South America was displayed at the Air Show of the Fuerza Aerea Argentina, the next 10th of August. The Yarara UAV is...
Posted by Darren

August 15, 2006

QinetiQ Zephyr UAV achieves flight record

'QinetiQ's Zephyr High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) solar powered Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) has achieved its longest flight to date during a set of flight trials at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico at the end of...
Posted by Darren

Belgium resumes Congo UAV operations after Hunter-B is shot down

'The Belgian defence force has resumed flying operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo with its Israel Aircraft Industries / Belgian Hunter Consortium B-Hunter UAVs after the loss of one aircraft, shot down by a local gunman using a...
Posted by Darren

Iranian-made Ababil-T Hezbollah UAV shot down by Israeli fighter in Lebanon crisis

'The Israeli air force has shot down a Hezbollah unmanned air vehicle in a night-time air-to-air engagement off the coast of Akka on the Bay of Haifa, northern Israel. The wreckage indicates the UAV was an Iran Aircraft Manufacturing...
Posted by Darren

August 14, 2006

South African unmanned aircraft set to move into production phase

'The production phase for the South African unmanned air vehicle (UAV) is to start soon, following the signing of a contract between Armscor and the local Advanced Technologies and Engineering Company (ATE) last month. ATE said on Thursday that...
Posted by Darren

August 13, 2006

Navy buys Predator from General Atomics

'The Navy is joining the Air Force and the CIA in buying the San Diego-made Predator unmanned aircraft. The Naval Air Systems Command has awarded an $8.29 million contract to General Atomics Aeronautical Systems for one of its Predator...
Posted by Darren

August 12, 2006

Protonex wins 2nd unmanned aerial vehicle power contract from US Air Force

'Protonex Technology Corp has been awarded a second contract by the US Air Force Research Laboratory to continue development of power systems for long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicles. The contract has a total program value of 749,247 usd. Under the...
Posted by Darren

CAMCOPTER S-100 UAV

'Vienna-based Schiebel Group specializes in the development of high quality electro-mechanical control technology while focusing on the development, testing and production of state-of-the-art mine detection equipment and the acclaimed CAMCOPTER Unmanned Aerial Vehicle System, which received a Bronze seal...
Posted by Darren

Vulture UAV by South Africa to undergo Production

'The production phase for the South African Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) will soon commence, following the signing of a contract between Armscor and the local Advanced Technologies and Engineering Company (ATE) in July this year. ATE will supply the...
Posted by Darren

Aerobot UAV developer Moller International finds Ethanol perfect fuel for use in its rotary engines

'Moller International, Inc. (OTCBB:MLER), the developer of the Skycar(R) aircraft, the Rotapower(R) line of rotary engines and the Aerobot(R) line of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), today announced it has found that ethanol fuel is an excellent fuel for most...
Posted by Darren

August 11, 2006

Israel shoots down Hizbullah UAV

'The Israel Air Force (IAF) intercepted an Iranian-made Ababil unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) launched by the Islamic Resistance - the armed wing of the Lebanese Shi'ite Party of God (Hizbullah) - off the northern Israeli coastline on 7 August....
Posted by Darren

August 10, 2006

Modification for the US Navy Fire Scout UAV

'Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a $135.8 million modification to a previously awarded contract for the Fire Scout vertical takeoff and landing tactical unmanned air vehicle (VTUAV) program. The award definitizes the remaining portion of the work to...
Posted by Darren

Missing UAV found

'Fort Drum has found the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that disappeared over the base two weeks ago. It was found in the St. Lawrence County town of Edwards. The UAV was on a test flight for the Air Force...
Posted by Darren

August 08, 2006

Sparrow UAV Video

Check out this Video of the Sparrow UAV from Israeli Weapons. Sparrow UAV Specifications: Sub-tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (Sub-Tac UAV's) provides: - Cost- effective intelligence. - Surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities. - Situational awareness. - Force protection and security. -...
Posted by Darren

UAV Safety a concern as drones catch on

'Crashes of drone planes flying over the USA are worrying pilots and lawmakers who fear that a surge in interest by federal and local agencies to use the unmanned aircraft could lead to danger in the skies. Spurred by...
Posted by Darren

Hizbullah UAV shot down off Haifa coast

'F-16 fighter jets shot down a Hizbullah Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Monday night 10 kilometers off the coast of Acre. A senior officer said that the IAF did not spot the UAV at takeoff but did discover it flying...
Posted by Darren

UK ducted-fan UAV unveiled

'Autonomous Vehicles International (AVi), a new UK unmanned air vehicle manufacturer, says it has four electrically powered, dual ducted-fan UAVs in production, with the first expected to fly by the end of this month. The Seeker system is a...
Posted by Darren

New UAV Intel Squadron "Eyes" Terrorists

'Terrorists and their supporters around in the world will soon be under the gaze of a powerful "unblinking eye" providing information on their whereabouts to a "brain" at Hurlburt Field. Note to the bad guys: You will not like...
Posted by Darren

Big spender eyes UAV market-08/08/2006-Flight International

'US-based EDO has grown substantially through acquisitions, racking up three purchases in 2005, and shows no sign of stopping, writes Helen Massy-Beresford. EDO, which specialises in armament carriage and release systems, communication and countermeasures, composite structures and engineering services,...
Posted by Darren

UAV Crash stirs debate on drone safety

'The explosion nearly jolted Barbara Trent out of bed. At first she thought someone had bombed the high-desert scrubland where she lives in southern Arizona. When daylight arrived a few hours later April 25, Trent and her neighbors realized...
Posted by Darren

August 06, 2006

EU drone crashes in Congo as election looms

'A drone flying over Kinshasa as part of EU efforts to keep Congo's historic elections safe has crashed, setting a house on fire and injuring five people, European military sources said. It was a setback for the European Union...
Posted by Darren

Australia Moves Forward On Sub Torpedo, UAV

'Australia is moving forward on two key modernization efforts in which it is cooperating with the U.S. military - the heavyweight torpedo for the Collins Class submarine and acquisition of a high-altitude unmanned aircraft. The Australian defense department last...
Posted by Darren

£16 Million Investment for UAV Development

'The Department of Trade and Industry is to invest £16 million in unmanned aviation vehicles which could revolutionise police and fire service surveillance techniques. Secretary of State for Trade & Industry Alistair Darling said: 'ASTRAEA is a significant programme...
Posted by Darren

Local Company Building Unmanned Helicopters

'A local company says a helicopter could help create a safer homeland and stronger borders. The new state-of-the-art helicopter is equipped with high-tech surveillance equipment. It's being built in Jackson County. The helicopter stands about two feet high, you...
Posted by Darren