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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.

Afghanistan: Drone missile killed two US soldiers

2011-04-12
Afghanistan: Drone missile killed two US soldiers
A drone missile strike is suspected of killing two US soldiers by mistake in southern Afghanistan last week, US military officials have said. The apparent case of "friendly fire" is being investigated - if it is confirmed it would be a rare instance of pilotless aircraft killing US forces.

Laser gun fired from US navy ship

2011-04-12
Laser gun fired from US navy ship
The US Navy has fired a laser gun from one of its ships for the first time. Researchers used the high-energy laser (HEL) to disable a boat by setting fire to its engines off the coast of California. Similar systems had previously been tested on land, however moist sea air presented an extra challenge as it reduces a beam's power. The navy said that ship-borne lasers could eventually be used to protect vessels from small attack boats.

Controlling ARdrone using a kinect and body movements

2011-04-11
Controlling ARdrone using a kinect and body movements
Nice one for a Friday afternoon, we are not convinced this is the most efficient way to control a multirotor. It points to the future though. Joysticks may become a thing of the past? This week in the UK a Royal Air Force study showed that non pilots performed as well as trained pilots whilst commanding UAS.

Micro Aircraft IMPULLS Improves Avionic Systems And Sensors

2011-04-11
Micro Aircraft IMPULLS Improves Avionic Systems And Sensors
A novel test aircraft of the TU Muenchen successfully completed its maiden flight few days ago at the airfield of the MFC Red Baron near Heimstetten. The micro aircraft christened "IMPULLS" (Innovative Modular Payload UAV - TUM LLS) will facilitate testing aviation sensors and systems.

Paparazzi Open Source autopilot operates in the Antarctic

2011-04-08
Paparazzi Open Source autopilot operates in the Antarctic
Scientists from the Finnish Meteorological Institute used small unmanned aircrafts to collect atmospheric data in a measurement campaign at the Finnish Aboa station located in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. During 26 flights they collected 61 vertical profiles in altitudes up to 1000m with fully automatic operating aircrafts.

Azad Systems starts UAV production

2011-04-05
Azad Systems starts UAV production
Production has started at Azad Systems, a joint venture between the defence ministry of Azerbaijan and Israeli unmanned aircraft systems manufacturer Aeronautics. In recent years, Israel has become a major arms supplier to Azerbaijan. The deals so far include artillery systems, communications equipment and UAVs of the same types that will be now assembled locally.