February 27, 2007

South Koreas Ucon systems reveals helicopter UAV development plans

'South Korean-based Ucon Systems is flight testing an 80kg maximum take-off weight (MTOW) vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAV and plans to commence flying a 120kg version mid-year as part of plans to pursue opportunities in the commercial agricultural...
Posted by Darren

Pathfinder-Plus UAV joins Smithsonian Collection

'AeroVironment's (AV) (NASDAQ: AVAV) pioneering solar-electric unmanned aircraft, Pathfinder-Plus, has become the fourth AV innovation to be acquired for the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution. Developed under NASA sponsorship, the ultra-lightweight flying wing was enshrined in the museum's...
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Boeing and Austal team to demonstrate Scan Eagle UAV operations from Australian patrol boat

'Boeing Australia is negotiating with the Australian Department of Defence to stage a funded demonstration of a heavy-fuel-engine version of the Boeing-Insitu Scan Eagle UAV aboard a Royal Australian Navy Armidale class patrol boat during the second half of...
Posted by Darren

February 25, 2007

U.S. UAV crashes in Afghanistan

'A U.S. military Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) crashed in eastern Afghanistan owing to technical failure. The military said in a statement on Saturday that the Air Force MQ-1 Predator UAV crashed on Friday afternoon some 6 miles North-east of...
Posted by Darren

February 21, 2007

IIT-K grads develop UAVs

'Seven students of Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur have developed an innovative multi-purpose unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with a low altitude surveillance system (LASS) for reconnaissance and surveillance missions, and medium altitude long endurance (MALE) vehicles for scientific missions, terrain...
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Austal plans to give 56m patrol boats organic UAV capability

'If Australian shipbuilders Austal get their way then the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) 56m Armidale-class patrol boats will be some of the smallest vessels yet to integrate the Boeing/Insitu ScanEagle UAV as an organic asset. 'We been looking for...
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Zee News - UAV to hover over eastern Maha skies to counter Naxalism

'Unmanned Ariel Vehicle (UAV) is all set to be deployed in eastern Maharashtra to trace the movements of Naxals, a senior police official of Anti-Naxalite Operation (ANO) said today. The UAV over Naxal-infested Gadchiroli district is likely to be...
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UAV to UAV Aerial Refuelling System developed by Technion

'Students in the Technion's Faculty of Aerospace Engineering have succeeded in developing a system of refueling from one unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to another. The project will be presented at the 47th Israel Annual Conference on Aerospace Sciences, which...
Posted by Darren

February 20, 2007

Police to Deploy Unmanned Aircraft to Gather Photographic Evidence

'Police plan to deploy unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to collect photographic evidence against suspects during illegal protests, a police official said Monday. The new machines are based on military models currently in use abroad, but are adapted to meet...
Posted by Darren

February 18, 2007

Indian Army Looks Towards Short Ranged Tactical Small UAV's

"Impressed by an Indian private firm's design and development of a tactical mini Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) the first and only private initiative of its kind in the country the Army has invited the company for field...
Posted by Darren

February 15, 2007

UAVs close in on civil space

'While many technical obstacles must still be overcome before unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) can enter civil controlled airspace, government and industry organisations are actively engaged in establishing national and international regulations for their eventual introduction. The November 2006 conference...
Posted by Darren

February 13, 2007

Miniature Helicopter Packs Bug-Like Brain

'As tiny as insect brains are, they can still perform extraordinary acrobatics in the air that human flying machines have yet to match. Now scientists reveal a miniature helicopter, with an electronic brain inspired by insects, that could help...
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TGR Helicorp Alpine Wasp poised to launch Everest rescue operations

'New Zealand helicopter firm TGR Helicorp plans next month to start operational testing of a prototype high-altitude vertical take off and landing (VTOL) UAV optimised for use as an air ambulance as part of plans to provide rescue services...
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FAA cracks down on use of model aircraft rules for UAVs

'The FAA is to issue a policy notice on 13 February declaring that it will refuse to authorise the use of model aircraft regulations as a basis for the operation of small UAVs in the US national airspace, The...
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February 09, 2007

Austrlian navy completes UAV sea trials

"Sea trials have been completed on a small, unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that could be deployed aboard Australia's new Armidale-class patrol boats. The Aqua Puma, built by California's AeroVironment, is a hand-launched aircraft that gives the patrol boat crew...
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MMIST gets $9M injection for unmanned aerial vehicles projects

"MIST Mobility Integrated Systems Technology Inc. (MMIST) has received a $9-million repayable investment from the federal government to develop its unmanned aerial vehicle technologies for the aerospace industry. The Ottawa-based aerial delivery systems maker will receive the injection from...
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February 06, 2007

EuroHawk wins contract for UAV

"The German Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on Feb. 1 that it has awarded a 430 million contract to EuroHawk GmbH (Immenstaad, Germany), a 50-50 joint venture of EADS and Northrop Grumman Corp., for the development, test and support...
Posted by Darren

February 03, 2007

Alenia Aeronautica: first flight for the Sky-X UAV

"Conceived for a wide range of civil and security missions, ground observation, surveillance and strategic reconnaissance (WAPA) - The Sky-X, the Alenia Aeronautica next-generation unmanned demonstrator aircraft, has made the first flight in Italy. Entirely financed, designed, developed and...
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Predator UAV sees action in Iraq

"n Iraq , Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons and an MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle provided close-air support to troops in contact with anti-Iraqi forces near Samarra, according to CENTAF airpower summaries released for January 30, 31. The Predator...
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February 01, 2007

Two Unmanned Aerial Vehicles cut from FCS

'The Army has begun realigning its suite of unmanned aerial vehicles, cutting two of four UAV classes intended as part of Future Combat Systems program. The realignment is being conducted to keep costs in check while still modernizing for...
Posted by Darren