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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.

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.

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.

Rafael offers UAV operators system upgrades

2011-08-09
Rafael offers UAV operators system upgrades
Rafael has adopted a new strategy to increase its activities in the unmanned air systems (UAS) sector, and is offering operators platform upgrades using its payloads and other systems.

Air Force Special Forces seek stealth robot jeep

2011-07-25
Air Force Special Forces seek stealth robot jeep
Soldiers with Special Operations Task Force-South prepare to load an all-terrain vehicle onto a CH-47 Chinook helicopter in preparation for a rapid offload during operations Oct. 1, in the Maruf district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan.

ScanEagle flies in excess of 500,000 combat hours

2011-07-20
ScanEagle flies in excess of 500,000 combat hours
Insitu Inc. announced July 19 that its ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system (UAS) surpassed 500,000 combat flight hours and more than 56,000 combat sorties to deliver actionable intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) to the warfighter with 99 percent mission readiness.

MicroFalcon completes Multi UAV test flights

2011-07-10
MicroFalcon completes Multi UAV test flights
Innocon's MicroFalcon mini UAS has completed flight testing with the Multi UAV configuration. The Multi UAV enables the user to operate the system over a target with a continuous coverage at both day and night operation.

D-Dalus - an entirely new genre of aircraft arrives

2011-06-30
D-Dalus - an entirely new genre of aircraft arrives
Austrian research company IAT21 has presented a new type of aircraft at the Paris Air Show which has the potential to become aviation's first disruptive technology since the jet engine.

Boeing SolarEagle solar-powered UAV to fly in 2014

2011-06-30
Boeing SolarEagle solar-powered UAV to fly in 2014
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agencys (DARPA) Vulture program, which aims to develop and demonstrate technology to enable a single high-altitude unmanned airplane (UAV) to operate continuously for a period of five years, has entered phase II. Under the terms of an US$89 million contract, Boeing will develop a full-scale demonstrator called the SolarEagle that will make its first demonstration flight in 2014. The aircraft will have highly efficient electric motors and propellers and a high-aspect-ratio, 400-foot wing for increased solar power and aerodynamic performance.


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