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L-3 Upgrades Viking Expeditionary UAS

2011-10-24
L-3 Upgrades Viking Expeditionary UAS
L-3 Unmanned Systems of Dallas has completed a series of capability enhancements to its Viking 400 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) supplied to the U.S. Special Operations Command under a 2009 contract. Added under the Block 1A upgrade are a new electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensor turret and digital datalink.

Eyes in the sky look for Pan Am trouble

2011-10-24
Eyes in the sky look for Pan Am trouble
You would never notice them, but 24 hours a day, unmanned aircraft are circling the skies of this city, sending real-time video back to a security command centre.

U.S. defense spending for UAV data links and ground-control stations reached billion-dollar mark in 2010

2011-10-21
U.S. defense spending for UAV data links and ground-control stations reached billion-dollar mark in 2010
U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) spending for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) data links and UAV ground-control stations exceeded $1 billion in federal fiscal year 2010, report market researchers at Frost & Sullivan in Mountain View, Calif. DOD spending in 2010 was $797.8 million for UAV data links, and $209.8 million for UAV ground-control stations, Frost & Sullivan says in the report U.S. Department of Defense: Unmanned Aircraft System (UAV), Ground Control Stations and Data Links.

Sailing drones tested to clean up oil spills in swarms

2011-10-20
Sailing drones tested to clean up oil spills in swarms
Within a decade, could also monitor pollutants and endangered marine life

Ultra Electronics tri-fuel engine flies SPEAR UAS

2011-10-19
Ultra Electronics tri-fuel engine flies SPEAR UAS
Brock Technologies, Incorporated, a fast emerging rapid unmanned systems solutions provider, has teamed with Ultra Electronics Precision Air Systems, a leading aerospace and defense systems company, to integrate an impressive and capable propulsion technology, the DF-70. The DF-70 is a heavy fuel, fuel injected, internal combustion engine that is capable of operating on different fuels for extended periods of time.

Korea Sees Future in War Drones

2011-10-19
Korea Sees Future in War Drones
Korea is keen to enter the international race to build war drones or unmanned aerial vehicles. UAVs are either remote-controlled or self-steered and have made headlines when the U.S. used them to attack suspected terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Unmanned Surface Vehicles  The Future of Robotic   Pirate Hunters

2011-10-18
Unmanned Surface Vehicles The Future of Robotic Pirate Hunters
Drone aircraft, officially called unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are just starting to be used to spot, identify, scare pirates away, and prevent hostage situations. But what about the “latest” generation of unmanned systems, unmanned surface vehicles?

Turin. The future of aerospace-Unmanned Vehicles & Systems conference

2011-10-18
Turin. The future of aerospace-Unmanned Vehicles & Systems conference
Turin, Italy - One will be held on 27 October on an international basis

Navy Tests Mean Green Killing Machine

2011-10-18
Navy Tests Mean Green Killing Machine
The U.S. Navy recently announced that it had successfully flown the first unmanned biofuel flight of a MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Take-Off and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle at its base near Patuxent River, Md.

Unfounded drone fears

2011-10-17
Unfounded drone fears
America's use of drones has sparked fears of a new international arms race. But drones are surveillance and counter-terrorism tools; they are not effective weapons of conventional warfare.