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Overblown drone UK media mystified by Moscow protest UFO

2011-12-14
Overblown drone UK media mystified by Moscow protest UFO

Russia today reports another instance of sUAS being used for journalism. As the Murdoch owned Daily Drone based in the USA has discovered its not all that legal. Recently a citizen mapping group took aerial images of an occupy protest from kites. Perhaps bringing this aerial observation technique onto regulators radar.

Would you believe it as I pressed send on this, a brand new organisation has popped up to represent Drone Journalists!

Government & Military Satcom Market to Face Reduced Budgets but Increasing Demand

2011-12-13
Government & Military Satcom Market to Face Reduced Budgets but Increasing Demand

New Market Dynamic to Shift Procurement Methods and Require Militaries to “Do More With Less”

CAMBRIDGE, MA, NSR’s annual review of the government and military satellite market shows the industry stands to continue revenue gains until 2020 but will need to provide higher level solutions for less cost, and via a host of new procurement methods. The shaky global economy as well as increasing budget pressures within countries that have driven market growth over the past 10 years, notably the United States, are at the core of future procurements and in choosing the solution mix over the long term.

Just one Predator C Avenger ordered by USAF

2011-12-13
Just one Predator C Avenger ordered by USAF

Its off the blocks, but not and you must excuse the pun to a flying start.

The United States Airforce has ordered just one example of the General Atomics Predator C, Avenger for use inAfghanistan.

“This aircraft will be used as a test asset and will provide a significantly increased weapons and sensors payload capacity on an aircraft that will be able to fly to targets much more rapidly than the MQ-9 [Reaper] UAS,” the USAF said in an announcement.

“Since it has an internal weapons bay and four hardpoints on each wing it will also allow greater flexibility and will accommodate a large selection of next generation sensor and weapons payloads.”

The purchase was revealed on the Federal Business Opportunities website on Dec. 9.Lt. Gen. Thomas Owen, commander of the service’s Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, approved the procurement.

Predator drone used by North Dakota Police for arrest.

2011-12-13
Predator drone used by North Dakota Police for arrest.

RQ-170 Dispatches from Iran

2011-12-12
RQ-170 Dispatches from Iran
This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to most in the community, but the reverse engineering team is already going over Lockheed Martins handiwork with a fine toothcomb. From all accounts they see their fair share of U.S. hardware, but usually more pedestrian examples of UAS such as the Pioneer and Shadow. Hmm, I wonder where they come from and who is at the end of the ITAR free pipeline??

Iran UAVs to outmaneuver US drones

2011-12-12
Iran UAVs to outmaneuver US drones
From Press TV the worlds most objective news source.
Iran plans to carry out reverse engineering on an American spy drone downed by the Iranian military and mass-produce aircraft that can outmaneuver US unmanned aerial vehicles, an Iranian lawmaker says.

Iran will carry out reverse engineering on the captured RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft at the next step, member of the Majlis Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy Parviz Sorouri said on Sunday.

Unmanned aircraft to soar over Queensland coast

2011-12-12
Unmanned aircraft to soar over Queensland coast
Hardly a surprise that the ScanEagle is perhaps to be deployed in Australia for what it was originally designed for!
Marissa Calligeros

There will be a new covert eye in the sky over waters off Queensland’s coast, with a Brisbane-based businesses to test unmanned aircrafts ability to detect illegal fishing vessels.

Insitu Pacific Pty Ltd, a Boeing subsidiary, has been commissioned by the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation to test the technology that has been refined high over the dusty hills of Afghanistan, Minister Jan Jarratt announced yesterday.

Solar HALE for India

2011-12-10
Solar HALE for India
BANGALORE: India is planning to develop a solar-powered Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and scouting for a foreign partner for collaboration.

The proposed solar-based UAV would have much longer flight duration – as high as 15 days compared to conventional UAV, according to sources in the Bangalore-based Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), a lab of the Defence Research and Development Organisation.

Geo Rhea use Aeryon Scout for 3D modelling

2011-12-09
Geo Rhea use Aeryon Scout for 3D modelling
Aerial imagery from the Aeryon Scout brings a new level of speed and accuracy to building 3D models of ground surfaces. This is particularly true for modeling and volume calculations in mining – where an aerial perspective reveals surface details that cannot be reliably measured from the ground. Aeryon customer and GIS service provider partner, Geo-Rhea, is a leader in geo-spatial analysis for several industries and applications and uses the Aeryon Scout to produce extremely accurate models and volume calculations. This translates into more effective operations and measurable cost savings for its customers.

UAV to track Maoists from February: DGP

2011-12-09
UAV to track Maoists from February: DGP
The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that was inducted by AP police to track down Maoists even in deep forests, will begin its operations from February next year, said director-general of police, V. Dinesh Reddy.

The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that was inducted by AP police to track down Maoists even in deep forests, will begin its operations from February next year, said director-general of police, V. Dinesh Reddy.