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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.

Cassidian changes funding plans for Talarion UAS

2011-03-31
Cassidian changes funding plans for Talarion UAS

Frustrated by a continued lack of progress with advancing its Talarion unmanned air system programme, EADS company Cassidian has suggested an alternative funding proposal to planned participants France, Germany and Spain.

US plans to use drones in military action in Libya

2011-03-23
US plans to use drones in military action in Libya
A former senior Pentagon official warned that if the US decided to hit certain targets with Predator drones, it would have to be part of "a much broader context". He said that Libya did not have many tanks, but destroying a few with the Predator's Hellfire missiles would not end the violence. Most of the US Air Force's Predators and the longer-range Reaper drones are assigned to Afghanistan. But some could be redeployed for use in Libya. "The best thing about using Predators is that they have a lot of loiter time and there is no aircrew to be put at risk," the former Pentagon official said.

Unmanned systems to help Japan during crysis

2011-03-23
Unmanned systems to help Japan during crysis
The Japanese government has asked for robot assistance specifically for the crisis at its nuclear plant. American Unmanned Vehicle Systems International has been working with the U.S. State Department about this specific request.
They have received the following requirements on UAS capabilities to support reactor cooling operations. The Japanese government has requested:

New prospective UVS programm to be launched by DARPA

2011-03-21
New prospective UVS programm to be launched by DARPA
n its search for improved unmanned vehicle capabilities for military missions, the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched its Maximum Mobility and Manipulation (M3) programme.
Announced by DARPA on 17 March, the programme was created as a result of what the agency considers to be the ‘poor’ capability of unmanned assets currently in service.

KONGSBERG Hugin 1000 completes world's longest multi-sensor AUV pipeline inspection

2011-03-21
KONGSBERG Hugin 1000 completes world's longest multi-sensor AUV pipeline inspection
KONGSBERG has completed the world's longest multi-sensor AUV pipeline survey using one of its cutting-edge HUGIN 1000 Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV). The pipeline inspection took place February 9th - 11th 2011, in the Hjelte fjord near Bergen, Norway and the HUGIN 1000 was operated from the Royal Norwegian Navy vessel HNoMS Maloy.

2nd Boeing-built Orbital Test Vehicle X-37B begins flight

2011-03-21
2nd Boeing-built Orbital Test Vehicle X-37B begins flight
Boeing announced the successful launch of the second Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) for the US Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO). The OTV was launched on an Atlas V rocket into a low-Earth orbit today at 5:46 p.m.

Landmark flight brings programme closer to aerial refueling between UAVs

2011-03-20
Landmark flight brings programme closer to aerial refueling between UAVs
On Jan. 21, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and NASA Dryden Flight Research Center took a major step toward demonstrating autonomous aerial refueling between two unmanned, high altitude aircraft, an operation never before performed.
In a key risk reduction flight test, Northrop Grumman's Proteus test aircraft and a NASA Global Hawk flew as close as 40 feet apart at an altitude of 45,000 feet, an industry-setting record.