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June 11, 2005

UAVs, Can They "See and Avoid"?

An article at the Shephard Group talks about the ability of UAVs to "see and avoid" other aircraft. The say that the technology for UAVs to "see and avoid" could drive further safety technology in manned aircraft utilizing the same...

March 19, 2005

Raven RQ-11A UAV

The Strategy Page has good information on the Raven (RQ-11A) UAV - 'The U.S. Army has been extremely successful with a new, four pound, reconnaissance aircraft. Ordered twenty months ago, and entering service in late 2003, the Raven (RQ-11A)...

October 13, 2004

Silver Fox Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

'The Silver Fox program is a research and development effort. The design goals of the Silver Fox program are to develop a small, lightweight, inexpensive and/or expendable unmanned aerial vehicle that will fly autonomously for long durations at 60 knots,...

September 24, 2004

Bateluer UAV - Denel Aerospace Systems

"The Bateleur (named for an African eagle) is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) prototype designed and built by Denel Aerospace Systems (formerly Kentron). It has been designed as a MALE (Medium-Altitude - Long Endurance) UAV, with its primary role...

September 23, 2004

Multipurpose Security and Surveillance Mission Platform

"The Multipurpose Security and Surveillance Mission Platform (MSSMP), started in FY'92 as the Air-Mobile Ground Security and Surveillance System (AMGSSS), is designed to provide a rapidly deployable, extended-range surveillance capability for a variety of operations and missions, including: fire...

Autonomous UAV Mission System (AUMS)

"The Autonomous UAV Mission System (AUMS) project is working to develop technologies for automated launching, landing, refueling, and rearming of small Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs.) This effort is sponsored by the Office of the...

Segway Robotic Mobility Platform (RMP)

"The Segway RMP (Robotic Mobility Platform) is a new mobile platform based on a Segway Human Transporter (HT). It is faster, cheaper, and can carry a greater payload than existing comparable robotic platforms. DARPA IPTO initiated this effort, with...

UAV Technologies and Combat Operations

The UAV Technologies and Combat Operations is a detailed document from the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) which will make interesting ready for UAV hardcore fans. 'The Air Force has entered a new era, an era in which...

July 11, 2004

TAG-M65 and TAG-M80 UAV Helicopters

'Tactical Aerospace Group (TAG) made its first public showing of the revolutionary new composite TAG-M65 and TAG-M80 UAV helicopters in Paris at the UAV 2004 International Conference and at the Eurosatory 2004 International Military Exposition. The new helicopters are unique...

Hermes 450 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

Press Releases - DHS Fact Sheet: Hermes 450 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) The success of the Arizona Border Control Initiative (ABC) is contingent on impairing and stopping the smuggling organizations that transport human cargo across the border.  To assist state,...

June 07, 2004

Predator UAV

The Predator is a similar UAV to the Global Hawk. It relies upon a human controller and long runways. It is 27 feet in length and costs around $4.5 million (US) to manufacture. It is a mid-wing monoplane with...

February 21, 2004

Dragon Eye - UAV

Marines returning to Iraq will be equipped with the Dragon Eye Unmanned Air Vehicle system. The Dragon Eye is an easy to use Unmanned Aerial Vehicle that can be handled with any Marine with a few hours basic training. '“The...

HUNTER RQ-5 UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE

'Hunter is a joint tactical unmanned aerial system in service with the US Army. In 1989, the US Army, Navy and Marines initiated a joint unmanned aerial vehicle programme. TRW (now Northrop Grumman) and Israeli Aircraft Industries (IAI) Malat Division...

February 08, 2004

Autocopter - Neural Robotics

Neural robotics is an interesting site from a company who developes UAVs for commercial use. They describe their company as follows: 'NRI provides low-cost, autonomous unmanned aerial platforms for a variety of applications, such as photography, mine detection, search and...

February 04, 2004

I-See Mini UAV

Globes Online reports that: 'Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) will unveil its new I-See mini-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) this week. IAI's UAV division developed the I-See partly for the IDF, and it is one candidate for procurement for the IDF land...

January 30, 2004

Yamaha Rmax

Gizmo has a great piece on the Yamaha Rmax UAV. It bills it as 'the worlds most advanced commercial UAV'. 'Now the RMAX is not cheap by any standard but that of full-scale aviation. The absolute base-model airframe suitable for...

January 27, 2004

Dragonfly

JINSA reports on a recent test flight of the Dragonfly X-50: 'After vertical take-off, as the craft picks up forward speed, the rotors of the Dragonfly slow and lock into place becoming horizontal wings enabling normal flight. The canard rotor-wing...

Firescout

The RQ-8A Fire Scout is a vertical takeoff and landing tactical unmanned air vehicle (UAV) system in development for the US Navy. Space Daily reports: 'Fire Scout will fly at an altitude of up to 20,000 feet, and use an...

January 26, 2004

Shadow 200

The AAI's Shadow 200 UAV was used in Iraq in place of the Predator by the US military. A shadow 200 costs around $300,000 and is much smaller than the Predator. They are only 11 feet in length and do...

January 17, 2004

Global Hawk UAV

The Global Hawk UAV is over 40 feet long. It is controlled by a human controller (not an onboard computer) and has the capability to stay in the air for up to 40 hours - traveling up to 3,000 miles...

Cypher UAV

The Cypher is one of the smallest (6.5 feet in diameter) and best known UAV. It is highly maneuverable and most importantly has the ability to fly itself making it a completely automated spy plane. It is a unique...