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Autonomous Cloud Seeding Aircraft Successfully Tested in Nevada

2016-02-28
Autonomous Cloud Seeding Aircraft Successfully Tested in Nevada
A team of Nevada scientists and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) engineers have successfully flight tested the first-ever autonomous cloud seeding aircraft platform.

Puck LITE  New Featherweight 16-Channel Sensor

2016-02-26
Puck LITE New Featherweight 16-Channel Sensor
Aiming at the burgeoning market for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Velodyne LiDAR has unveiled its new Puck LITE — at 590 grams, the world’s lightest 16-channel LiDAR sensor.

SYERS-2 Integrated on Global Hawk Ahead of First Flight Test

2016-02-25
SYERS-2 Integrated on Global Hawk Ahead of First Flight Test
Northrop Grumman has completed integration of the UTC senior year electro-optical reconnaissance system (SYERS-2) on board its RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned air vehicle, ahead of an imminent first flight test with the type.

New Microchip Shrinks Radar Cameras to Palm Size

2016-02-24
New Microchip Shrinks Radar Cameras to Palm Size
Scientists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed a chip that allows new radar cameras to be made a hundred times smaller than current ones. With this NTU technology, radar cameras that usually weigh between 50 kg and 200 kg and are commonly used in large satellites can be made to become as small as palm-sized.

Worlds Smallest Solution for Tactical UAVs by Cobham

2016-02-21
Worlds Smallest Solution for Tactical UAVs by Cobham
The AVIATOR UAV 200 has been introduced by Cobham to significantly enhance a Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle’s (TUAV) performance, range and payload capability by enabling operators to take advantage of the higher speed connectivity from todays satellite networks.

Solid Hydrogen Fuel Cell Flies UAV for 6 Hours

2016-02-20
Solid Hydrogen Fuel Cell Flies UAV for 6 Hours
A consortium of Singaporean institutions and private sector companies including HES Energy Systems, ST Aerospace, DSO National Laboratories, and the Future Systems and Technology Directorate of Singapore’s Ministry of Defense, have worked jointly to achieve a record 6 hour endurance, 300km flight on the Skyblade 360 UAV built in Singapore by ST Aerospace.

US Navy Set to Debut Enhanced MQ-8B Fire Scout

2016-02-18
US Navy Set to Debut Enhanced MQ-8B Fire Scout
The US Navy (USN) is nearly ready to commence deployment of a radar-equipped Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial system (UAS) aboard the Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) from June 2016.

DARPAs FLA Program Takes Flight at 45 MPH

2016-02-17
DARPAs FLA Program Takes Flight at 45 MPH
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently tested quad-copters loaded with sensors and cameras at an old hangar set up as a warehouse at Otis Air National Guard Base in Massachusetts. The effort marked a first flight test for DARPA’s Fast Lightweight Autonomy program, which is probing how to develop algorithms that could reduce the amount of human intervention needed to fly small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) through a congested urban environment.

Austin Fire Department Robotics Emergency Deployment Team

2016-02-16
Austin Fire Department Robotics Emergency Deployment Team
The Austin Fire Department is embarking on a pilot project together with leaders in research and industry to explore the feasibility of the use of robotics in real-time emergency incident management. The goal is ultimately to enhance firefighter safety and the effectiveness of the emergency response capabilities it provides to its citizens.

Unmanned CBARS Tanker Air Segment Draft RFP

2016-02-15
Unmanned CBARS Tanker Air Segment Draft RFP
US Naval Air Systems Command is set to release a new draft Request for Proposal for its unmanned aerial refuelling tanker to industry later this year.


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