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Unmanned technology takes off for the weapons industry

2011-11-16
Unmanned technology takes off for the weapons industry
High-ranking military officers and their aides mingled with salesmen and potential customers at the 11th annual drones conference. Some had paid as much as £3,000 to attend Unmanned Aircraft Systems 2011, a two-day event that opened on 16 November in a plush hotel in Kensington, west London.

Global Spending on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and Systems to Reach US$5.34 Billion by 2017

2011-11-16
Global Spending on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and Systems to Reach US$5.34 Billion by 2017
Global market for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles witnessed remarkable growth in the recent past, and is expected to sustain the growth during the forthcoming years, primarily owing to the increasing reluctance to risk human lives and proliferation of numerous civil and military operations. At present, constantly changing technological preferences, and special customer requirements are the prime factors driving the market for UAVs.

Turkey's Anka UAS enters new test phase

2011-11-16
Turkey's Anka UAS enters new test phase
Ankara's ambitions to field an indigenous medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft system (UAS) have been advanced, with flight tests of Turkish Aerospace Industries' (TAI) Anka having entered a new phase.

Dubai Airshow 2011: Adcom unveils United 40 MALE UAV

2011-11-16
Dubai Airshow 2011: Adcom unveils United 40 MALE UAV

Abu Dhabi-based Adcom used the Dubai Airshow to unveil its latest creation – the United 40 MALE UAV. The United 40 uses an unusual biplane configuration and a hybrid turbine-electric engine to enhance its endurance. The aircraft on display in Dubai is the first prototype and Ali Al Dhaheri, general designer and CEO at Adcom, said he hoped to fly the aircraft in the next three to four weeks.

Apache controls Gray Eagle UAV

2011-11-15
Apache controls Gray Eagle UAV
An AH-64D Apache Block III attack helicopter has controlled an MQ-1C Gray Eagle UAV during flight using the Longbow Unmanned Aerial Systems Tactical Common Data Link Assembly (UTA). Longbow is a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.

Insitu, ADASI to Collaborate on Delivery of Innovative ISR in the Middle East

2011-11-14
Insitu, ADASI to Collaborate on Delivery of Innovative ISR in the Middle East
Insitu Inc. announced today a new alliance that will facilitate world-class systems and support for current and future customers in the Middle East. The collaboration with Abu Dhabi Autonomous Systems Investments Company (ADASI), allows for support and sustainment of Insitu’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) products and services.

Japanese Defense Ministry shows world's first spherical flying machine

2011-11-14
Japanese Defense Ministry shows world's first spherical flying machine
Star Wars fans will get a vague sense of deja vu when they see this flying sphere in action. Weighing in at about 12 ounces (350 g), the 16-inch (42 mm) diameter flying ball can launch and return vertically, maintain a stationary hover and zip along at up to 37 mph (60 km/h).

General Dynamics to develop countermine UUV

2011-11-11
General Dynamics to develop countermine UUV
General Dynamics Advanced Informational Systems (GD AIS) has been awarded an $86.7 million contract by the US Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command for the design and development of a Surface Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (SMCM UUV) system.

MILCOM 2011: Terabyte data storage solution revealed for UAVs

2011-11-10
MILCOM 2011: Terabyte data storage solution revealed for UAVs
Mercury Computer Systems unveiled its latest 96-terabyte Digital Storage Unit (DSU) designed for ISR platforms at the MILCOM exhibition inBaltimorethis week.

Eole aerial launch platform  CNES, Perseus

2011-11-08
Eole aerial launch platform CNES, Perseus
Could this be the European rival forVirgin Galactic’sWhite Knight 2? Yes and no. This isEOLE, one of thePerseusfamily of projects. Perseus is an initiative ofCNEStowards the research of innovative technologies for space transportation and their respective demonstrators, through an educative perspective.