Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Sensors & Ground Control

UAS, UAV, RPAS, and drone technologies, including ground control stations and electro-optical payloads

 

Sagem flight tests prove Patroller UAS capable of operating in civilian airspace

Sagem flight tests prove Patroller UAS capable of operating in civilian airspace

BOULOGNE BILLANCOURT, France, 26 Nov. 2014. Sagem (Safran) completed flight tests demonstrating the feasibility of an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) -- also known as unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone -- being integrated in a shared airspace alongside other manned and unmanned aircraft, in compliance with civil aviation regulations and air control procedures. Company engineers performed a series of roughly 20 flights using Sagem’s Patroller UAS near Toulouse from October 26 to November 7. It was carried out within the scope of Single European Sky ATM Research, Europe’s SESAR program.

FreeFlight Systems tests RANGR ADS-B system for UAS airspace integration test program

FreeFlight Systems tests RANGR ADS-B system for UAS airspace integration test program

WACO, Texas, 21 Nov. 2014. Engineers at Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station’s (TEES) Vehicle Systems & Control Laboratory (VSCL) have installed and flown the FreeFlight Systems RANGR ADS-B Universal Access Transceiver (UAT) system on their Pegasus II unmanned aircraft system (UAS)—an historic first for a certified ADS-B UAT system to receive FAA approval to be flown on a UAS.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Unit formed to assist with legal complexities associated with UAS

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Unit formed to assist with legal complexities associated with UAS

NEW YORK, 18 Nov. 2014. Hunton & Williams LLP officials have formed a multidisciplinary Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Unit to assist with the legal complexities associated with the developing regulatory framework pertaining to commercial UAS (commonly known as drones), including issues related to regulations and the rulemaking process of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), such as Section 333 guidance; the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and other state and federal agencies.

Altavian selects Lockheed Martin Perceptor sensors to deliver enhanced imaging in small unmanned aircraft s

Altavian selects Lockheed Martin Perceptor sensors to deliver enhanced imaging in small unmanned aircraft

OWEGO, N.Y., 6 Nov. 2014. Altavian Inc. won a $4 million contract to provide gimbaled sensor payloads, featuring Lockheed Martin imaging sensors, for the U.S. Army's RQ-20 Puma small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS). 

Air Force to use existing on-board sensors to enable UAS to sense and avoid other aircraft

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 3 Nov. 2014. Military and industry researchers are finding ways to use existing sensors aboard manned and unmanned aircraft to enable the platform to sense and avoid other aircraft and operate safely in the National Airspace System (NAS).

Miniature inertial systems for stabilizing moving vehicular subsystems introduced by SBG

RUEIL-MALMAISON, France, 3 Nov. 2014. SBG Systems s.a.s. in Rueil-Malmaison, France, is introducing the Ellipse series of miniature inertial systems for stabilizing or orientating vehicular subsystems while the vehicle is moving.

Air Force asks Northrop Grumman to stiffen Global Hawk UAS defenses against cyber attacks

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 20 Oct. 2014. U.S. Air Force unmanned aerial vehicle (UAS) experts are asking Northrop Grumman Corp. to upgrade the abilities of the Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAS) to resist computer hackers' attempts to commandeer or disrupt the unmanned aircraft while in flight.

Unmanned aircraft system market to triple by 2020, driven by commercial and DIY applications

Unmanned aircraft system market to triple by 2020, driven by commercial and DIY applications

COQUITLAM, B.C., Canada, 16 Oct. 2014. The unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) market in the United States will grow from $5 billion in 2013 to $15 billion in 2020, according to IGI Consulting Inc. in Coquitlam, British Columbia.

AeroVironment wins $19 million DARPA contract to develop new class of maritime unmanned aircraft system

AeroVironment wins $19 million DARPA contract to develop new class of maritime unmanned aircraft system

MONROVIA, Calif., 8 Oct. 2014. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) officials have awarded AeroVironment Inc. (NASDAQ:AVAV) and its industry team a 12-month, $19,035,007 phase II preliminary design contract to advance the Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node (TERN).

Cooperation, integration key to safe single airspace with civil and military aircraft, says Eurocontrol’s Director General

Cooperation, integration key to safe single airspace with civil and military aircraft, says Eurocontrol’s Director General

ATCA/CMAC, NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., 30 Sept. 2014. “Airspace should not be designated as either permanently civil or military but considered as a continuum in which all use requirements have to be accommodated to the greatest extent possible,” says Frank Brenner, director general of Eurocontrol, during the Air Traffic Control Association’s Civil/Military Aviation Conference (CMAC) in National Harbor, Md.

Air Traffic Control Association partners with Intelligent Aerospace

Air Traffic Control Association partners with Intelligent Aerospace

ATCA/CMAC, NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., 30 Sept. 2014. Intelligent Aerospace, the annual aerospace event and industry resource, and the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA), the renowned industry association dedicated to progress in the science of air traffic control and the preservation of a safe flight environment in Alexandria, Va., have entered into a strategic partnership to jointly support and serve the rapidly expanding global aerospace community. The agreement was struck during ATCA’s 59th Annual Conference and Exposition and Civil/Military Aviation Conference (CMAC) being held this week, 28 September – 1 October 2014, in National Harbor, Maryland.

IMSAR chosen to develop small radar systems for small unmanned aerial systems

NATICK, Mass., 15 Sept. 2014. U.S. Army researchers needed synthetic aperture radar (SAR) systems for a variety of unmanned aerial system (UAS) systems. They found their solution from IMSAR LLC in Springville, Utah.

Northrop Grumman to build three Air Force advanced Global UAS for surveillance

Northrop Grumman to build three Air Force advanced Global UAS for surveillance

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 8 Sept. 2014. Unmanned aerial system (UAS) designers at the Northrop Grumman Corp. Aerospace Systems segment in San Diego will build three advanced versions of the RQ-4B Global Hawk high-altitude, long-range UAS under terms of a $240.7 million contract.

in-flight entertainment and connectivity

Copper and fiber co-exist in commercial aerospace

Aircraft depend increasingly on digital electronics for information and control. The trend toward MEA (more electric aircraft) highlights the transition from mechanical systems to electronically controlled systems. As the electronics content in both aircraft operation and passenger amenities continues to grow, so do the processing loads. Embedded computers are evolving to allow ever-increasing sophistication in flight sensors and radar. Distributed processing—moving the processing power from a centralized location to the point of use—still requires communication between boxes.

Navy to ask industry to develop laser weapon prototype for deployment on helicopters

Navy to ask industry to develop laser weapon prototype for deployment on helicopters

RIDGECREST, Calif., 4 Aug. 2014. U.S. Navy airborne weapons experts are ready to kick off a program to develop a high-energy laser weapon for manned and unmanned helicopters to perform a variety of military operations at sea.

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