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DARPA Awards Phase 2 Gremlins Program Contracts

2017-03-20
DARPA Awards Phase 2 Gremlins Program Contracts
DARPA recently completed Phase 1 of its Gremlins program, which envisions volleys of low-cost, reusable unmanned aerial systems (UASs)—or “gremlins”that could be launched and later retrieved in mid-air. Taking the program to its next stage, the Agency has now awarded Phase 2 contracts to two teams, one led by Dynetics, Inc. (Huntsville, Ala.) and the other by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (San Diego, Calif.).

Amazon Patents Drones with Telescoping Landing Legs

2017-03-20
Amazon Patents Drones with Telescoping Landing Legs
A diagram shows how an Amazon drone could land on a sloping surface while keeping its main frame level, thanks to telescoping landing legs. (Amazon Illustration via USPTO)

US Air Force Buys Drone-Snagging Shotgun Shells

2017-03-17
US Air Force Buys Drone-Snagging Shotgun Shells
US Air Force security forces, as well as other military personnel and federal law enforcement agencies, may soon be getting a new tool to take down small commercial drones: shotgun shells with a net. The special cartridge is just one system the Pentagon has been looking at to manage the growing threat from small and readily available quad-and hex-copter-type unmanned aircraft.

Chinas Rainbow Solar UAV to Make Maiden Flight

2017-03-16
Chinas Rainbow Solar UAV to Make Maiden Flight
China’s aerospace engineers boast the “Caihong” is the worlds largest solar-powered drone, dwarfing NASAs Pathfinder series that never made it into mass production. The prospect of the drone leading in disaster monitoring is in the horizon.

US Deploys Gray Eagle Systems to South Korea

2017-03-15
US Deploys Gray Eagle Systems to South Korea
The U.S. military is deploying a new Gray Eagle attack drone system in South Korea as it moves to bolster capabilities against a growing threat from the North.

Alpha Releases New Unmanned Helicopter

2017-03-15
Alpha Releases New Unmanned Helicopter
The ALPHA 800 is the evolution of the SNIPER and includes all the developments and improvements of the last year and a half of extensive work of research, development and innovation. Improvements apply to all the systems in the helicopter from the mechanics to the electronics on board or available payloads.

USAF Tests Drone for C-17 Post-Flight Inspection

2017-03-14
USAF Tests Drone for C-17 Post-Flight Inspection
The 412th Test Wing’s Emerging Technologies Combined Test Force used a quadcopter to conduct a maintenance inspection of the exterior of a C-17 Globemaster III here March 6, 2017.

China to Introduce Real-Name Drone Registration

2017-03-14
China to Introduce Real-Name Drone Registration
The head of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has said that the government will introduce new rules to regulate China’s drone industry as unregulated flights have been causing problems.

Drones to Monitor Tiger Reserves in India

2017-03-13
Drones to Monitor Tiger Reserves in India
Conservation drones will soon hover over select tiger reserves in India, marking the beginning of significant technological intervention in wildlife conservation.

DFS and Unifly Develop Drone Safety App

2017-03-13
DFS and Unifly Develop Drone Safety App
DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung based in Langen, Germany, and Unifly NV based in Antwerp, Belgium, signed a cooperation agreement at the World ATM Congress 2017 in Madrid to jointly develop and market a DFS drone app to be released on the German market later this year. This app will allow operators of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to determine where they can operate without posing a threat to manned aviation.


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