Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Sensors & Ground Control

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

 

U.S. Army engineers prep Multi-Mission Launcher prototype, designed to defeat UAS, missiles, rockets

U.S. Army engineers prep Multi-Mission Launcher prototype, designed to defeat UAS, missiles, rockets

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 1 Sept. 2015. Personnel at the Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) will transfer the first prototype of the Multi-Mission Launcher (MML) to Program Executive Office, Missiles and Space (PEO MS). Both AMRDEC and PEO MS call Redstone Arsenal in Alabama home.

Emergency management firm adopts Smart UAV operating system with tamper-proof tracking, NATO-standard security

Emergency management firm adopts Smart UAV operating system with tamper-proof tracking, NATO-standard security

BRUSSELS, 31 Aug. 2015. Officials at the Bergen County Office of Emergency Management (BCOEM) in New Jersey sought unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), for emergency situations and search & rescue (SAR) operations. They found their solution at EagleEye Systems (EES) in Brussels, Belgium, selecting the company’s Smart UAV operating system to support their efforts.

NASA notifies industry of CubeSat launch opportunities from 2016 to 2019

GREENBELT, Md., 13 Aug. 2015. Space exploration experts at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are inviting government researchers, non-profits, and schools to propose tiny satellite spacecraft and missions to be scheduled over the next four years.

Boeing continues development on XS-1 reusable hypersonic unmanned spacecraft

Boeing continues development on XS-1 reusable hypersonic unmanned spacecraft

ARLINGTON, Va., 11 Aug. 2015. U.S. military researchers are pushing forward with a project to design a reusable hypersonic unmanned spacecraft able to carry and deploy 3,000-to-5,000-pound satellites to low-Earth orbit (LEO) for less than $5 million per launch.

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Panoptes enters consumer drone market with eBumper4, obstacle avoidance technology

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., 29 July 2015. Commercial drones are no longer just a product for the enterprise or government, but are quickly emerging as a mainstream venture for the everyday consumer. With dozens of options already on the market, finding an affordable drone has become fairly simple, but the cost of replacing one or repairing damaged property from a collision can easily double your investment.

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U.S. military evaluates RADA tactical multi-mission hemispheric radar

NETANYA, Israel, 28 July 2015. U.S. military officials have purchased a Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radar (MHR) from RADA Electronic Industries (NASDAQ:RADA) of Netanya, Israel, to test and evaluate its capabilities. RADA will deliver the MHR, which also has been adopted by U.S. integrators, before the end of 2015.

Army orders 19 MQ-1C Gray Eagle UAS to go with others from last March

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., 27 July 2015. U.S. Army aviation experts are ordering 19 MQ-1C Gray Eagle reconnaissance and attack unmanned aerial systems (UAS), as well as 19 satellite UAS control stations.

Is ‘flying gun’ UAS video a smoking gun?

Is ‘flying gun’ UAS video a smoking gun?

HOWARD'S TOWER BLOG. A 14-second video, posted to YouTube by a user named Hogwit, is causing a great deal of controversy. Admittedly, it’s not as controversial as the Portland, Maine, diner owner yelling at a crying infant this week… but it’s a much-debated topic today, especially among aerospace professionals and hobbyists.

Northrop Grumman to enhance MQ-4C Triton UAV air-to-air radar

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 20 July 2015. U.S. Navy unmanned aircraft experts are asking Northrop Grumman Corp. to correct deficiencies in the air-to-air radar system aboard the MQ-4C Triton maritime patrol drone before making a production decision on the Triton by the end of this year.

Aviation Specialties Unlimited offers OWLS gimbal for manned aircraft at ALEA convention

Aviation Specialties Unlimited offers OWLS gimbal for manned aircraft at ALEA convention

HOUSTON, Texas, 15 July 2015. Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) is offering its OWLS system as a rugged gimbal for manned aircraft platforms. Originally designed to be lightweight for coupling with an unmanned aircraft system (UAS), also known as a drone or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the OWLS system is rugged enough to be added directly to aircraft, ASU representatives explain at the Airborne Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) annual convention in Houston, Texas.

Air Force awards $21.1 million to General Atomics for UAS crew simulators

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 13 July 2015. Flight simulation experts at General Atomics Corp. will provide the U.S. Air Force with UAS simulators crew and spare parts to help combat drone pilots practice their skills and rehearse missions.

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UAS launch market to reach $1.2 billion by 2021, Radiant Insights reports

SAN FRANCISCO, 9 July 2015. Increased use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also called drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), is driving growing demand for launch systems that do not require the use an airfield to get the aircraft airborne, according to the latest report from Radiant Insights in San Francisco.

NASA, government, and industry partner to test UAS sense-and-avoid technology

NASA, government, and industry partner to test UAS sense-and-avoid technology

WASHINGTON, 24 June 2015. NASA is partnering with government and industry to test a system that would make it possible for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to fly routine operations in U.S. airspace. Engineers and officials at NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI), and Honeywell International Inc. are flying a series of UAS tests through July at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center, Calif., under the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration in the National Airspace System (UAS-NAS) project.

General Atomics to provide radar UAS sensor payloads for Reaper drone

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 22 June 2015. Unmanned aerial system (UAS) experts at The General Atomics Aeronautical Systems segment in Poway, Calif., will provide the U.S. Air Force with advanced radar UAS sensor payloads under terms of a $23.1 million contract.

TEKEVER, ViaSat to expand civilian drone use with advanced satellite communications

TEKEVER, ViaSat to expand civilian drone use with advanced satellite communications

PARIS, 18 June 2015. The TEKEVER Group, an unmanned aerial systems (UAS) manufacturer, and ViaSat, a provider of communication technologies and services, have entered into a strategic alliance aimed at expanding the civilian use of unmanned aircraft system (UAS) platforms, also commonly known as drones, with advanced satellite communications. The companies are collaborating by adding ViaSat’s communication technologies onto TEKEVER’s UAS platforms to push the boundaries of UAS range in civilian beyond line of sight (BLOS) applications, officials say.

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