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New York to Host Israels Top Drone Lab

2011-12-26
New York to Host Israels Top Drone Lab
On December 19, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the establishment of a 2 million square foot engineering and applied sciences university campus in the heart of New York City. The New York-based Cornell University and the Technion, Israel’s Institute of Technology, were chosen to oversee the new institution.

Submarine launched Switchblade for RIMPAC 2012

2011-12-26
Submarine launched Switchblade for RIMPAC 2012
Raytheon has been given the contract to ready the AV Switchblade airframe to be launched from submarine waste disposal units. Now I bet that was not part of the first design brief! Chuck it out let it float up and then launch. How will it communicate with the sub if its at any depth though and how quickly will any aircraft looking for...

U.S. Navy receives X-47B

2011-12-23
U.S. Navy receives X-47B
PATUXENT RIVER, Md., Dec. 22 (UPI) — Northrop Grumman’s tailless X-47B unmanned combat air system has been delivered to the U.S. Navy following a year of testing. The U.S....

RCAPA Officially Ends Affiliation With ASTM F-38 Technical Committee

2011-12-19
RCAPA Officially Ends Affiliation With ASTM F-38 Technical Committee
sUAS News recently received a copy of a letter (posted as part of this article) that essentially lays out a litany of process grievances that spans a six year plus timeline. The letter serves to highlight issues that appear to conflict with the public’s best interest and defense contractors “standard stuffing” the process, a condition pandemic in the global UAS airspace integration effort, and in no way implied exclusive to the ASTM.

CybAero performs unmanned aerial missions in the Arctic Ocean

2011-12-19
CybAero performs unmanned aerial missions in the Arctic Ocean
Swedish UAV manufacturer CybAero AB, listed on NASDAQ OMX First North in Stockholm, in collaboration with the Norwegian Coast Guard and Coastal Agency, has conducted a series of flights with its unmanned helicopter, the APID 60, in winds up to gale force. The flights took place over the Arctic Ocean, near the Norwegian village of Vardø, on behalf of “Arctic UAS” (Arctic Unmanned Aircraft Systems). During these flight tests the APID 60 carried a high precision landing system from EADS Astrium enabling fully autonomous, precision take-offs and landings from ships.

S.C. Military Drone Builder Retools Plant, Doubles Workforce

2011-12-16
S.C. Military Drone Builder Retools Plant, Doubles Workforce

Adam Townsendfrom the SamClementinePatch reports

Just this week,Swift Engineering, a high-tech race car and aerospace firm off Avenida La Pata in San Clemente’s commercial district, broke ground on a new 15,000-square-foot, $3-million manufacturing center.

Armed with the latest design technology and poised to increase its manufacturing capacity by at least 600 percent, the firm plans to double its workforce by hiring and training 75 technicians.

Or more.

ACLU Report on Domestic Drones Finds Need for New Privacy Protections

2011-12-16
ACLU Report on Domestic Drones Finds Need for New Privacy Protections

NEW YORK – A report released today by the American Civil Liberties Union finds that protections must be put in place to guard Americans’ privacy from surveillance by unmanned aerial drones.

Next month the Federal Aviation Administration is expected to propose new rules to make it easier for law enforcement agencies to gain permission to use drones in the U.S., and police departments and other government agencies are expected to greatly increase their use. If the FAA is unable to implement the needed privacy reforms, then Congress should act, the report says.

Aurora Awarded AFRL Urban Beat Cop Program

2011-12-16
Aurora Awarded AFRL Urban Beat Cop Program

MANASSAS, VA Aurora Flight Sciences was awarded a contract with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the Rapid Reaction Technology Office (RRTO) to provide a specialized Skate® Small Unmanned Aerial System (SUAS), designed for autonomous operations in urban environments.

The “Urban Beat Cop” (UBC) program will demonstrate the ability of an SUAS platform to perform missions typical to that of law enforcement officers “walking a beat” along a city street. While walking the beat, a police officer becomes very familiar with areas of the city by constantly observing, understanding, and interpreting what they see on a daily basis. A system that automatically performs this same mission in asymmetric urban conflicts, absent the presence of the warfighter, can significantly reduce casualties as well as improve the situational awareness.

Eric Ramnes, Grand Forks, letter: Ground domestic surveillance UAVs

2011-12-15
Eric Ramnes, Grand Forks, letter: Ground domestic surveillance UAVs

I expect we will be seeing lots more about this story. Just what have the Customs Predators been upto?

From the Grand Forks Herald

GRAND FORKS — The revelation that the Grand Forks SWAT Team not only used an unmanned aerial vehicle to make recent arrests, but also has used the aircraft in the past to perform similar reconnaissance is appalling (“Border Patrol drone was used to arrest Brossarts,” Page A1, Dec. 11).

CASSIDIAN and Alenia Aeronautica agree on UAS cooperation

2011-12-14
CASSIDIAN and Alenia Aeronautica agree on UAS cooperation
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signedbetween Cassidian on behalf of EADS Deutschland GmbH and Alenia
Aeronautica to jointly investigate the potential cooperation in the field of MediumAltitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and
Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAV).