Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Sensors & Ground Control

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

 

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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.

Harris Exelis Paris Air Show

Harris shows airborne surveillance, self-protection, and electronic warfare systems in Paris

PARIS, 16 June 2015. Harris Corp., having just acquired Exelis, is demonstrating a variety of airborne surveillance and electronic warfare (EW). CorvusEye 1500 wide-area airborne surveillance system, which complements traditional video surveillance systems by providing high-resolution, visible color and infrared motion imagery over a wide area up to 1.24 miles in diameter. CorvusEye can generate up to 10 high-resolution views of different areas of interest simultaneously and is exportable to many military, intelligence and security agencies around the world.

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Unmanned aircraft system development, MRO take off in Oklahoma

PARIS, 16 June 2015. During Paris Air Show 2015, Aerospace professionals, officials, and educators from Oklahoma are announcing recent unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) developments and activities stemming from innovators in the state. Oklahoma Secretary of Science and Technology Dr. Stephen McKeever and Vince Howie, director of aerospace and defense at the Oklahoma Dept. of Commerce, are at Paris Air Show meeting with and updating industry on a variety of aerospace developments.

Communications on-the-move antenna to link UAS and military vehicles offered by CPI

CAMARILLO, Calif., 8 June 2015. Communications & Power Industries (CPI) in Camarillo, Calif., is introducing the GMA-100QB communications on-the-move antenna system for communications on-the-move antenna applications on military ground vehicles.

Kaman reopens commercial K-MAX helicopter production line in respond to growing demand for aerial-lift capabilities

Kaman reopens commercial K-MAX helicopter production line in respond to growing demand for aerial-lift capabilities

BLOOMFIELD, Conn., 5 June 2015. Kaman Corp.’s Aerosystems division has resumed production of commercial K-MAX heavy-lift utility helicopters at the company’s Jacksonville, Florida, and Bloomfield, Connecticut, facilities. Kaman is now hiring for the program. The first new helicopter is expected to be delivered in early 2017.

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