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Virginia Tech Aviation Partnership Test BVLOS Flights

2017-04-27
Virginia Tech Aviation Partnership Test BVLOS Flights
Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership, Ligado Networks, AeroVironment, Inc., and Dominion Virginia Power evaluated communications strategies and other parameters to help build a safety case for unmanned aircraft flights beyond the visual line of sight of a pilot or observer.

Hydrogen Drone, HyDrone 1550, Successfully Tested at High Altitudes

2017-04-18
Hydrogen Drone, HyDrone 1550, Successfully Tested at High Altitudes
Search and rescue is a valued application for drones, but mountain rescues at high altitude have been difficult due to the technology barriers created by the use of lithium batteries. Commercial drone manufacturer MMC addresses that issue with the hydrogen-powered HyDrone 1550.

Sweden Bans CybAero Export to China

2017-04-14
Sweden Bans CybAero Export to China
CybAero has received a recall of a previously issued export license from the ISP – The Inspectorate of Strategic Products. The export authorization referred to a helicopter system for demonstration flights in China with the end customer AVIC.

FAA Restricts Drone Operations Over Certain Military Bases

2017-04-11
FAA Restricts Drone Operations Over Certain Military Bases
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is using its existing authority under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) § 99.7 – “Special Security Instructions” to address national security concerns about unauthorized drone operations over 133 military facilities.

China to Open a Drone Factory in Saudi Arabia

2017-04-03
China to Open a Drone Factory in Saudi Arabia
China will construct a new facility to produce unmanned aerial vehicles in Saudi Arabia, following a recent visit from Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud Salman.

General Atomics Gets $39M USAF MQ-9 Support Contract

2017-03-30
General Atomics Gets $39M USAF MQ-9 Support Contract
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, has been awarded a $39,122,913 modification (06) to task order (0017) on previously awarded contract FA8620-15-G-4040 for MQ-9 contractor logistics support.

US Air Force Plans Recoverable Hypersonic UAS by 2040

2017-03-29
US Air Force Plans Recoverable Hypersonic UAS by 2040
US Air Force weapons developers expect to operate hypersonic intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance drones by the 2040s, once scientific progress with autonomy and propulsion technology matures to a new level.

Germany Plans New Drone Regulations

2017-03-27
Germany Plans New Drone Regulations
On January 18 2017 the German government introduced a draft regulation to create sufficient regulations to deal with these risks by amending the existing fragmented provisions and establishing rules to liberalise the commercial use of drones.

South Korea to Train 1,700 Drone Operators Annually

2017-03-22
South Korea to Train 1,700 Drone Operators Annually
South Korea is planning to train 1,700 drone operators a year to meet growing demand in the commercial drone industry, the transport ministry said on Tuesday.

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.


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