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Elbit Systems subsidiary to supply Hermes 450 UAS to Brazilian Air Force

2011-02-18
Elbit Systems subsidiary to supply Hermes 450 UAS to Brazilian Air Force
Elbit Systems Ltd. announced today that its Brazilian subsidiary, Aeroeletrônica Ltda. ("AEL"), was awarded a contract to supply Hermes 450 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to the Brazilian Air Force. The contract is not in an amount that is material to Elbit Systems.

First flight Fire-X

2011-02-18
First flight Fire-X
Developed by Northrop Grumman and Bell Helicopter, Fire-X, a vertical unmanned air system (VUAS) completed its first fully autonomous flight at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. on Dec 16, 2010, less than one year after development began.

Peak-Climbing Audi TT-S

2011-02-18
Peak-Climbing Audi TT-S
Stanford's Pikes Peak-Climbing Audi TT-S Stanford University has a long tradition of building autonomously navigated cars, like this Audi TT-S designed to race the famous Pikes Peak Hill Climb.

A wayward unmanned aerial vehicle

2011-02-18
A wayward unmanned aerial vehicle
So-heres a first. On Tuesday, a wayward unmanned aerial vehicle crashed in a residential area of El Paso, Texas, about a half mile inside the U.S. border. It landed in a backyard apparently, and no one was hurt and no property was damaged.

Sikorskys Optionally Piloted Black Hawk

2011-02-18
Sikorskys Optionally Piloted Black Hawk
The crew, at the end of their duty time, switch the helicopter to unmanned mode and disembark. The Black Hawk searches for and connects to the nearest ground control station, accepts the preprogrammed mission and takes off to find and pick up its first load.

Two Driverless Cars Have Begun 8,000-Mile Journey from Italy to China

2011-02-18
Two Driverless Cars Have Begun 8,000-Mile Journey from Italy to China
A team of Italian engineers is gearing up for a high-tech road rally that should impress even the outside-the-box dreamers over at DARPA: an 8,000-mile journey from Italy to China, with nobody behind the wheel.

Solar-charged aircraft to have flown to a world record

2011-02-18
Solar-charged aircraft to have flown to a world record
A UK solar-powered plane proved itself as the one to break the world record for the longest time spent in the air by an unmanned autonomous vehicle (UAV), after remaining airborne for two weeks.

Northrop Grumman's X-47B (UCAS-D) successfully took off

2011-02-15
Northrop Grumman's X-47B (UCAS-D) successfully took off
4 Feb. 2010, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Northrop Grumman's X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration (UCAS-D) successfully took off climbing up to 1500m. high, being airborne about half an hour. The flight provided test data to verify and validate system software for guidance and navigation, and the aerodynamic control of the tailless design.

US drone strike kills one in southern Somalia

US drone strike kills one in southern Somalia

A suspected al-Shabab fighter has been reportedly killed in an attack carried out by a US assassination drone in southern Somalia.