Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Sensors & Ground Control

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

 

Is NASA-developed distributed electric propulsion key to future ultra-quiet UAS?

ATLANTA, 25 May 2015. U.S. government researchers are experimenting with what could be the key to ultra-quiet unmanned aircraft for a wide variety of uses ranging from covert military surveillance and reconnaissance to package deliveries that don't annoy the neighbors.

Army looking for stabilized platform for electro-optical sensor avionics

<B>FORT BELVOIR, Va., 25 May 2015.</B> U.S. Army researchers are reaching out to industry to fine companies able to design and build a stabilized sensor platform for electro-optical sensor payloads. Sensor packages need stabilized platforms to avoid jitter caused by movement, shock, or vibration. 

Team of military pilots enter consumer drone market, launch UAV control software

Team of military pilots enter consumer drone market, launch UAV control software

FARGO, N.D., 21 May 2015. Botlink in Fargo, North Dakota, introduces the beta release of its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) control software on the heels of multiple near-misses between unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, commonly called drones) and manned aircraft, as well as close calls near the White House in Washington.  

Strike or surveillance: GAO says Navy needs to settle on role of future combat drone

WASHINGTON, 18 May 2015. The role of a future U.S. Navy aircraft carrier-based combat drone remains unclear, which leaves Navy leaders uncertain of the program's long-term costs, congressional investigators have found.

Laser navigation for unmanned aircraft in RF- and GPS-denied areas developed by ADSYS

ATLANTA, 18 May 2015. U.S. Navy shipboard unmanned aviation experts needed navigation and landing capability for unmanned aerial vehicles in areas where RF and GPS signals are jammed or disrupted. They found their solution from ADSYS Controls Inc. in Irvine, Calif.

Electro-optical sensor and gimbal for airborne tactical surveillance introduced by IJK

SOUTH PASADENA, Calif., 18 May 2015. IJK Controls LLC in South Pasadena, Calif., is introducing the Tactical Airborne Gimbal System (TAGS) electro-optical sensor gimbal for special operations, tactical surveillance, and law enforcement applications on fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.

Navy developing swarms of cooperating drones to launch overwhelming attacks

ARLINGTON, Va., 11 May 2015. U.S. Navy researchers have demonstrated swarming unmanned aerial systems (UAS) designed to overwhelm an adversary autonomously as the UAS fly together like flocks of birds.

RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft moving toward modernization

RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft moving toward modernization

SAN DIEGO, 7 May 2015. The U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance autonomous unmanned aircraft system (UAS) has completed Milestone C approval, advancing the Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC)-built Global Hawk program in the Department of Defense's acquisition process and enabling modernization activity.

FAA Administrator Huerta addresses effects of unmanned aircraft on national airspace, safety

FAA Administrator Huerta addresses effects of unmanned aircraft on national airspace, safety

ATLANTA, 6 May 2015. FAA Administrator Micheal Huerta held a press conference today at AUVSI 2015 in Atlanta to discuss the Federal Aviation Administration’s activities, as well as challenges and soultions, around the integration of myriad unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also commonly called drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), into the national airspace system (NAS).

FAA debuts B4UFLY app to help UAS pilots operate safely and legally

FAA debuts B4UFLY app to help UAS pilots operate safely and legally

ATLANTA, 6 May 2015. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) launched and demonstrated B4UFLY, a new smartphone application (app), today at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Unmanned Systems 2015 conference in Atlanta, Ga. FAA officials will release the app, designed to help model aircraft and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) users know if it is safe and legal to fly in their current or planned location, to approximately 1,000 beta testers later this summer.

Parrot taps Azimuth channel emulator for drone testing in real-world conditions

Parrot taps Azimuth channel emulator for drone testing in real-world conditions

PARIS, 5 May 2015. Officials at Parrot, a global provider of advanced technology wireless products in Paris, sought an automated, mobile solution for testing the performance of its drones in real-world conditions. They found their solution at Azimuth Systems Inc. in Acton, Mass., with the company’s ACE MX channel emulator.

VPT unveils VXR Series for operation in harsh environments

VPT unveils VXR Series for operation in harsh environments

BLACKSBURG, Va., 5 May 2015. VPT Inc., a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI), is launching its new VXR Series of DC-DC converters and electromagnetic interference (EMI) filters at the annual Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Air Force orders nine Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems for French military forces

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 4 May 2015. U.S. Air Force electro-optics experts are helping the government of France acquire airborne, forward-looking turreted infrared sensors for long-range surveillance and target acquisition for NATO laser guided smart munitions.

UAV Turbines to lend engines for evaluation to UAV manufacturers

UAV Turbines to lend engines for evaluation to UAV manufacturers

MIAMI, 30 April 2015. UAV Turbines Inc. (UAVT) demonstrated a new generation of gas turbine engines designed for Group 3 and Group 4 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also called drones and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), in a range from 30 horsepower (hp) to 150 hp.

Develop the unhackable drone: Dr. Dewar addresses security in safety-critical systems in free webcast today

Develop the unhackable drone: Dr. Dewar addresses security in safety-critical systems in free webcast today

WASHINGTON, 28 April 2015. Can unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also commonly called drones, be truly unhackable, or might all unmanned vehicles be susceptible to falling into the wrong hands? It is essential, perhaps now more than ever before, to engineer safety- and mission-critical systems and platforms within a secure environment, taking care to select and implement the optimal digital development workflow.

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