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BP Alaska trials Aeryon Scout

2012-12-17
BP Alaska trials Aeryon Scout
In Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, BP conducted pilot testing of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle technology to enhance pipeline inspection and safety.

Drone learns to avoid trees with a little help from a friend.

2012-12-13
Drone learns to avoid trees with a little help from a friend.
The BIRD Multi University Research Initiative project envisions getting mini Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to autonomously navigate through densely cluttered environments, like forests, autonomously.

Multirotor flying docking station

2012-12-12
Multirotor flying docking station
Development of the Flying-Dock, a novel concept in the field of Unmanned Aerial Systems, is well under way. This innovative system renders feasible a massively increased range for autonomous aerial vehicles via air-to-air refuelling, thus greatly expanding the operational envelope and functionality of mUAVs.

First images of X-47B on the USS Harry S. Truman released

2012-12-11
First images of X-47B on the USS Harry S. Truman released
Only one thing to add to this, wow! Just look at the size of the thing. With nobody to keep alive on board it must have quite an endurance. The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator taxies on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman is the first aircraft...

Making connections at 45,000′: Future UAS may fuel up in flight

2012-12-10
Making connections at 45,000′: Future UAS may fuel up in flight
DARPA completes close-proximity flight tests of two modified RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles, demonstrates technology enabling autonomous aerial refueling

DARPAs load placing UAS.

2012-12-07
DARPAs load placing UAS.
When a person reaches out to place an object in just the right place, their mind makes a series of judgments requiring vision, stability and careful movement. Trying to do the same thing robotically from a hovering unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) requires several technology advances.

Northrop Grumman Signs Up First Customer for its UAS Training

2012-12-06
Northrop Grumman Signs Up First Customer for its UAS Training
Orlando, FL. —Northrop Grumman announcedDec. 5 that it has signed upthe first customer for its Sandstorm/Longshot training system for unmanned aerial systems.

Textron, Bell Helicopters open state-of-the-art integration labs in Huntsville

2012-12-05
Textron, Bell Helicopters open state-of-the-art integration labs in Huntsville
Textron Systems and Bell Helicopters have teamed up to open state-of-the-art laboratories to provide integration and testing of manned and unmanned aircraft systems.

DJI releases All-in-One Solution, Read-to-Fly Phantom Quadcopter!

2012-12-04
DJI releases All-in-One Solution, Read-to-Fly Phantom Quadcopter!
The Phantom is DJI’s first small size Ready-to-Fly VTOL, integrated multi-rotor aircraft for aerial filming. It not only has an attractive appearance, but also has a built-in Naza-M + GPS multi-rotor autopilot system giving a stable and reliable flight characteristic.

nEUROn UCAV, first flight

2012-12-03
nEUROn UCAV, first flight

A pan-European stealth combat drone demonstrator has taken its first test flight in southern France.

French defense company Dassault-Aviation is lead contractor on the “nEUROn” project launched in 2005 involving firms from France, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Greece and Switzerland to provide a test bed for developing future combat aircraft.


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