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Oregon Guards overseas commitments wind down toward pre-war levels

2011-12-09
Oregon Guards overseas commitments wind down toward pre-war levels
With the return to the United States this month of two Oregon National Guard units — a 176-person company of engineers and a 21-man platoon of unmanned aerial vehicle operators the state’s commitment to wars in the Middle East is approaching its lowest level of the last decade.

South Korean Navys intelligence ship project crippled for several yrs.

2011-12-08
South Korean Navys intelligence ship project crippled for several yrs.
By Lee Soon-hyuk

The Navy’s intelligence gathering project on the North Korean military has been adrift for several years now.

In addition to years of failed operation due to the crashes of two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from the intelligence ships, frictions have erupted over follow-up efforts among the Navy, National Intelligence Service, and the Board of Audit and Inspection.

SELEX Galileo signs contracts logistics support contracts worth more than EUR 23 million

2011-12-08
SELEX Galileo signs contracts logistics support contracts worth more than EUR 23 million
SELEX Galileo, a Finmeccanica company, has won contracts in excess of 23 million Euros to provide logistics support for a range of systems. These include support agreements for the Tornado aircraft, Falco Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) and a EUR 6 million contract to provide engineering support for the upgrade of radar systems.

AeroVironment, Inc. Announces Fiscal 2012 Second Quarter Results

2011-12-07
AeroVironment, Inc. Announces Fiscal 2012 Second Quarter Results
MONROVIA, Calif., Dec 06, 2011 AeroVironment, Inc. AVAV -0.22% today reported financial results for its second quarter ending October 29, 2011.

“Continued demand for our unmanned aircraft and efficient energy systems, combined with effective execution by our team, produced second quarter revenue of $80.4 million, a year-over-year increase of 26%, and earnings per diluted share of $0.30, up from $0.01 a year ago,” said Tim Conver, AeroVironment chairman and chief executive officer. Backlog of $116.4 million is up 60% quarter-over-quarter and, combined with first half revenue of $142 million, provides good visibility into 75% of our full year performance guidance, said Tim Conver.

DARPA wants smartphone apps for ADAPT

2011-12-07
DARPA wants smartphone apps for ADAPT
Current sensor systems, like those being developed for DARPA’s Adaptable Sensor System (ADAPT) program, are increasingly complex; they offer advances in capabilities far beyond their current use. One significant limiting factor in our ability to leverage all of these advances is the lack of sophisticated, adaptive applications. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), for example, have become indispensible intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms on todays battlefield. How much more effective could they be if an app were created that allowed a swarm of small deployed UAVs to be controlled as a single unit (a hive so to speak) without having to individually control each vehicle?

Reports pointing to loss of RQ 170, just inside Iranian border.

2011-12-07
Reports pointing to loss of RQ 170, just inside Iranian border.
The super-secret drone that Iran claims to have recovered was on a CIA “Focal Point” mission, gathering intelligence and likely crashed though it remains uncertain whether it was able to self-destruct, U.S. officials told National Journal on Tuesday.

Camcopter S100 the only UAS flying at Lima Exhibition Malaysia

2011-12-06
Camcopter S100 the only UAS flying at Lima Exhibition Malaysia
only UAS taking part in the flight displays at LIMA (Langkawi
International Maritime and Aerospace) Exhibition from 6th to 10th December 2011.

The CAMCOPTER® S-100 unmanned helicopter has already performed flawlessly at exhibitions and air shows around the world and wrote aviation history in 2009 when it became the first and only UAS ever to fly at the Paris Air Show. Subsequently, flight displays at ILA Berlin (2010) and IDEX in Abu Dhabi 2011 followed, where the S-100 could demonstrate its proven and reliable flight characteristics in civil airspace.

Success for CICADA

2011-12-05
Success for CICADA
WASHINGTON, Dec 05, 2011 The Naval Research Laboratory Vehicle Research Section has successfully completed flight tests for the Autonomous Deployment Demonstration (ADD) program. The final demonstration took place Sept. 1 at the Yuma Proving Grounds, Yuma, Ariz., and consisted of a series of eight balloon-drops at altitudes of up to 57,000 ft, delivering sensor-emplacement Close-In Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft (CICADA) vehicles within 15 feet of their intended landing locations.

South Korea Develops Worlds Fastest Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

2011-11-30
South Korea Develops Worlds Fastest Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Seoul, South Korea — South Korea on Wednesday unveiled its latest unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that is the world’s fastest and also the worlds first remote-piloted aircraft capable of taking off and landing vertically.

MetaVR creates 3D realtime environments that provide the fidelity of geospecific simulation with game quality graphics and performance.

2011-11-30
MetaVR creates 3D realtime environments that provide the fidelity of geospecific simulation with game quality graphics and performance.
MetaVR will exhibit its products and technology in Booth #1249 at the annual Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference and Trade Show (I/ITSEC), November 28 – December 1, 2011, at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL, USA.