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Selex Galileo acquires UTRI, reinforces UAS capability

2011-05-15
Selex Galileo acquires UTRI, reinforces UAS capability
Selex Galileo, a Finmeccanica company and leader in Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), is pleased to announce the acquisition of Italian technology firm UTRI (Unmanned Technologies Research Institute).

First test flight for biggest China drone

2011-05-13
First test flight for biggest China drone
China's unmanned helicopter, the Qingdao Haili V750, successfully completed a brief test flight at Weifang Tianxiang Aerospace Industry's factory in Shandong province. The Qingdao Haili V750 is being developed from the American-made piston-engined Brantly B-2 light helicopter that first flew in the 1950s.

Pirate-Fighting Magnetic Recon-Bot Launches from a Cannon and Scales Ships' Hulls

2011-05-12
Pirate-Fighting Magnetic Recon-Bot Launches from a Cannon and Scales Ships' Hulls
Designed for anti-piracy operations, the swashbuckling bot is actually a two-part system, which Recon Robotics describe as marsupial. Essentially, a smaller mobile robot fitted with an infrared camera is housed inside a larger robot.

iPad-controlled drone captures Tuscaloosa storm damage

2011-05-09
iPad-controlled drone captures Tuscaloosa storm damage
In the week since a series of powerful storms and tornadoes devastated Tuscaloosa, Alabama, most of the images we've seen have been taken at ground level. But CNN's Aaron Brodie caught a bird's-eye view using the a quadricopter that can be controlled using an iPad or an iPhone.

Vertical take-off UAVs come of age

2011-05-05
Vertical take-off UAVs come of age
It has been a turbulent time lately for manufacturers of vertical take-off unmanned air vehicles, which can be excused some confusion after the behaviour demonstrated by the world's largest defence market.

Sentinel UAV spied on bin Laden prior to successful mission

2011-05-04
Sentinel UAV spied on bin Laden prior to successful mission
A Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel stealth unmanned aerial system spied on Osama bin Laden the night before the special operations unit raid that successfully killed bin Laden at his mansion compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, according to an initial report by the National Journal.

US Roboticists Complete Mission to Japan's Tsunami-hit Coast

2011-04-26
US Roboticists Complete Mission to Japan's Tsunami-hit Coast
A team of American roboticists from the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue wrapped up five days of underwater search and rescue operations in northern Japan on Saturday. During five days of work in two of the most badly damaged cities in northern Japan, they deployed three underwater remotely operated vehicles to check for victims and debris following the March 11 tsunami.

Pentagon Confirms First Predator Drone Strike in Libya

2011-04-25
Pentagon Confirms First Predator Drone Strike in Libya
A U.S. Air Force Predator drone took out a rocket launcher used to attack civilians in the battle between Qadhafi forces and civilians in Misrata, Libya, NATO said today. The strike, which was also confirmed by the Pentagon, is the first use of the unmanned aircraft in Libya since President Obama gave his approval two days ago.  

Navy Wants Its Drone to Land on a Carrier With a Mouse Click

2011-04-13
Navy Wants Its Drone to Land on a Carrier With a Mouse Click
Talk to Air Force pilots about drones and theyll be quick to correct you on the nomenclature. The flying robots arent really unmanned, theyll stress, but remotely piloted, since a real live human being is at the controls far away. But the Navy? Navy aviators want their drone to really fly themselves.

Flying drone peers into Japan's damaged reactors

2011-04-13
Flying drone peers into Japan's damaged reactors
Engineers used a flying drone to peer into the damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant Sunday as the crisis spurred more than 2,000 people to march against nuclear energy in Tokyo. Monday marks a full month in the battle to prevent a worse disaster at Fukushima Daiichi, which was battered by the earthquake and resulting tsunami that struck northern Japan on March 11.