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Turkey Dumps Israeli UAVs for Local Drones - Which Keep Crashing

2011-10-06
Turkey Dumps Israeli UAVs for Local Drones - Which Keep Crashing
Turkey has grounded UAVs it bought from Israel, replacing them with a homegrown version - which keeps crashing.

Don't fear the Reaper; unmanned drones to fly over Adirondacks

2011-10-05
Don't fear the Reaper; unmanned drones to fly over Adirondacks
You probably won't be able to see them, but unmanned predator drones are about to be flying a lot closer to us than they ever have before.

Unmanned Insitu aircraft tracks whales off Australia

2011-10-04
Unmanned Insitu aircraft tracks whales off Australia
Insitu Pacific, the Bingen, Wash., company’s Australia-based subsidiary, has finished the second phase of a trial with Australias Murdoch University to see if unmanned systems are a cost-effective, capable alternative to surveying marine mammals with manned aircraft.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) can go further for longer

2011-10-04
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) can go further for longer
The Israel Air Force (IAF) has this week marked 40 years since the establishment of its first Unmanned Aerial Vehicles systems Squadron 200, at the IAF base in Palmachim.

Watchkeeper flies clear of Projects of Concern list

2011-10-03
Watchkeeper flies clear of Projects of Concern list
The British Army's Watchkeeper unmanned air system programme has made sufficient recent progress to escape inclusion on the UK Ministry of Defence's new Projects of Concern list, defence secretary Dr Liam Fox has confirmed.

Navy announces unmanned flight on biofuel

2011-10-03
Navy announces unmanned flight on biofuel
Navy UAVs went green as the MQ-8B Fire Scout took off on its first biofueled from Webster Field in Maryland. The unmanned helicopter was fueled with a combination of aviation fuel and plant-based camelina.

AlphaDog robot can carry 400lbs over 24 miles of any terrain

2011-10-03
AlphaDog robot can carry 400lbs over 24 miles of any terrain
AlphaDog, created by Boston Dynamics, is a new ground robot designed to go anywhere that soldiers and Marines go on foot. Funded by DARPA and the U.S. Marine Corps, AlphaDog can carry up to 400 pounds of weight for 20 miles for more than 24 hours.

2011-09-21
A future for drones: Automated killing
The prospect of machines able to perceive, reason and act in unscripted environments presents a challenge to the current understanding of international humanitarian law. The Geneva Conventions require belligerents to use discrimination and proportionality, standards that would demand that machines distinguish among enemy combatants, surrendering troops and civilians.

2011-09-19
Rheinmetall, IAI test unmanned strike system
Rheinmatal Defence and its partner Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have successfully tested their Wabep unmanned weapon system.Defined as a "weapon system for stand-off engagement of individual and point targets", Wabep consists of a Rheinmetall-made KZO unmanned air vehicle and an IAI Harop attack drone.

AeroVironment unveils Shrike quadrotor

2011-08-30
AeroVironment unveils Shrike quadrotor
AeroVironment has revealed a new unmanned air vehicle (UAV) called the Shrike. The small vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) quadrotor was developed through a four-year Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) grant for a portable, stealthy "perch-and-stare" VTOL system. "Not only does Shrike VTOL hover for more than 40 minutes with a high resolution video camera, but its innovative design also allows for the transmission of several hours of live video as a remotely emplaced perch and stare sensor," said Tom Herring, senior vice president and general manager of AeroVironment's unmanned air system business segment in a statement.