Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Sensors & Ground Control

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

 

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.

FBI flies surveillance aircraft under guise of fake companies

FBI flies surveillance aircraft under guise of fake companies

WASHINGTON, 2 June 2015. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents are using a fleet of small aircraft – under the front of fictitious businesses – armed with electro-optics over the United States. The low-flying planes are equipped with video and cell phone surveillance systems, largely being used without the consent of a judge, to gather intelligence related to specific, ongoing investigations, according to reports.

Air Force asking industry for enabling technologies for future hypersonic munition

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., 1 June 2015. U.S. Air Force researchers are moving forward with a program to develop a hypersonic munition able to attack and destroy targets quickly over long distances, and pose lethal threats to many different targets in many different locations all at the same time.

Air Force orders eight MQ-9 Reaper Block 5 Reaper attack drones from General Atomics

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 1 June 2015. U.S. Air Force unmanned systems experts are ordering eight MQ-9 Reaper Block 5 armed aerial drones from manufacturer General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. in Poway, Calif.

Electro-optical gimbal sensor for manned and unmanned aircraft offered by ADSYS

IRVINE, Calif., 1 June 2015. Electro-optics experts at ADSYS Controls Inc. in Irvine, Calif., are introducing the Arrow 600 stabilized gimbal with modular configurations for a variety of manned and unmanned aircraft.

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.

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