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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.

Unmanned drones to explore mystery of volcano plumes

2011-10-14
Unmanned drones to explore mystery of volcano plumes
New technology will help scientists learn more about what’s happening deep inside volcanoes.

Army Eyes Bigger, Tougher Shadow Drone

2011-10-14
Army Eyes Bigger, Tougher Shadow Drone
Washington: The Army is looking hard at a new version of its Shadow aerial drone that can fly much longer and carry more.

NASA Dryden awards contracts to research integration of UAVs into national

2011-10-12
NASA Dryden awards contracts to research integration of UAVs into national
NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center recently awarded contracts to six research and development firms to assist the center in meeting the goals of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration in the National Airspace System, or UAS in the NAS, project. In addition, cooperative agreements were issued to four universities to perform similar research functions to aid the project.

Global Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Payload Market to Reach $2.9 Billion in 2011

2011-10-11
Global Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Payload Market to Reach $2.9 Billion in 2011
According to a market research report titled ‘The UAV Payload and Subsystems Market 2011-2021’ available from Visiongain, the worldwide unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) payload market, which includes detection sensors, navigation sensors, communication devices, intelligence sensors, lasers and radars, electro-optical/infrared and weaponry, will attain $2.9 billion in fiscal year 2011.

Unmanned Combat Air System Test Aircraft Reaches Major Milestone

2011-10-11
Unmanned Combat Air System Test Aircraft Reaches Major Milestone
The U.S. Navy/Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration aircraft reached a major milestone Sept. 30 when it retracted its landing gear and flew in its cruise configuration for the first time.

Marine convoy commander says unmanned aerial vehicles saved his life in Afghanistan.

2011-10-10
Marine convoy commander says unmanned aerial vehicles saved his life in Afghanistan.
Garcia served as a convoy commander with 2nd Marine Logistics Group in Helmand province, Afghanistan for seven months. According to his letter, his convoy suffered eight IED strikes, three artillery and rocket attacks, 10 small-arms-fire engagements and three complex ambushes while moving fuel trucks throughout southwestern Afghanistan. That was until Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3 got involved, using their RQ-7B Shadow drones to provide invaluable aerial surveillance and reconnaissance for Garcia and his Marines.

Army Makes MUSIC With Unmanned Aircraft At Dugway

2011-10-10
Army Makes MUSIC With Unmanned Aircraft At Dugway
Necessity is truly the mother of invention, and nothing begets necessity like war. Which explains why some of the most impressive innovations in the ever-evolving field of unmanned aircraft – the unclassified innovations, at least -- are emanating from, of all places, the armed service built to fight primarily on land.

Tiny drones used in archaeology

2011-10-07
Tiny drones used in archaeology
European archaeologists say a tiny remote-control drone is helping them capture images to construct a 3-D model of ancient burial mounds in Russia.