Category: Military

Aeronautics disclose plan to launch Orbiter 4 by the end of 2016


Aeronautics LTD, a leader in the development, manufacture, and marketing of state-of-the-art unmanned systems for land, sea and air, integrating surveillance equipment with network information, discloses it will soon launch a new Unmanned Aerial System platform – Orbiter 4. The development of the Orbiter 4 has recently reached its final steps, and the new platform…

USAF:- Flight plan outlines next 20 years for RPA


Air Force leaders outlined what the next 20 years will look like for remotely piloted aircraft in the Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight Plan published April 30. “The Small UAS Flight Plan outlines a vision and strategy for the continued development, operation and sustainment of SUAS over the next 20 years,” said Lt. Gen. Robert…

Airbus Defence and Space and SurveyCopter offer SkyGhost ER, a new SMDR solution


The use of mini tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has become an essential feature of land operations against adversaries that take advantage of their knowledge of the terrain. UAVs are now used systematically to protect forward bases, convoys and land operations. Airbus Defence and Space and its UAV subsidiary Survey Copter are proposing a true…

United States Navy to Deploy AeroVironment Blackwing Reconnaissance Systems on Attack and Guided Missile Submarines


AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) today announced the United States Navy plans to deploy its “BlackwingTM,” a small, tube-launched unmanned aircraft system that deploys from under the surface of the sea, on manned submarines and unmanned underwater vehicles. Blackwing builds on AeroVironment’s extensive operational experience with small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and its SwitchbladeTM Lethal Miniature…

Dugway tests system for easier UAS transit


DUGWAY PROVING GROUND, Utah — A radar-based system tested at Dugway will soon allow military operators of unmanned aerial vehicles to fly within the National Airspace System to help maintain their skills. The Ground Based Sense And Avoid is the first and only system that meets federal requirements that aircraft operators see and avoid other…

GoPro Karma Drone delayed


The much anticipated new quadcopter from GoPro will miss its June launch party. In their Q1 earnings report CEO Nick Woodman had this to say. Revenue exceeded our guide and, importantly, unit sell-thru rates were approximately 50% higher than sell-in which drove global inventory levels down. And while we had to make the difficult decision…

Aeryon SkyRanger with the Wave Relay® Network


Aeryon, the leader in small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS), and Persistent Systems, LLC(“Persistent Systems”), the leader in Mobile Ad hoc Network (MANET) technology and developers of the Wave Relay® system, today announced the integration of Wave Relay® technology into the airframe of the Aeryon SkyRanger sUAS. This integration will enable Command and Control (C2) and…

Navy uses tiny drones to find safe route through Antarctic ice for the first time

The Royal Navy’s ice patrol ship HMS Protector has launched tiny pilotless aircraft from her decks for the first time to assist with navigating through the Antarctic.

A quadcopter and a 3D-printed aircraft have scouted the way for the survey ship so she can find her way through the thick ice of frozen seas.

It’s the first time the Royal Navy has used unmanned aerial vehicles in this part of the world. The Service has been operating ScanEagle ‘eyes in sky’ from frigates in the Gulf for the past couple of years which feed vital live imagery back to ships on maritime security patrols.

The craft launched from Protector are smaller and less hi-tech, but still provided the icebreaker with real-time high-quality information courtesy of a detailed picture of the surrounding environment from a perspective that is only available from the air.

The quadcopter has been used for short-range reconnaissance missions, while the 3D-printed mini aircraft has been sent off on longer patrols.

The brainchild of experts at Southampton University, the Laser-Sintered Aircraft – shortened to SULSA – is made of nylon, printed in four major parts and assembled without the use of any tools – it is the world’s first ‘printed’ airplane.

It is controlled from a laptop on board, cruises at nearly 60mph and is all but noiseless thanks to its tiny engine. Each one costs no more than £7,000 – cheaper than an hour’s flying time by a Fleet Air Arm helicopter.

HMS Protector has been trialing small drones to help her negotiate the Antarctic ice for the first time. The survey ship, which has just completed her third stint around the frozen continent this austral summer, has launched both a tiny quadcopter and a 3D-printed aircraft equipped with cameras. It’s the first time the Royal Navy…

NASA, AeroVironment and SmartC2 Team for Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management Flight Demonstration


AeroVironment, Inc. announced that the company – in partnership with SmartC2, a leading provider of flight business management systems – will team with NASA on its Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) Technology Capability Levels (TCL) 2 flight demonstration slated for October 2016. The demonstration will build on results from UTM TCL1 field testing concluded last August and…

Arcturus T-20 JUMP VTOL UAS Deployed with the Mexican Navy


Arcturus UAV reports the Mexican Navy has deployed their T-20 JUMP Fixed Wing VTOL UAV for unspecified operations in Mexico. The customer took delivery of the VTOL system in March. The T-20 JUMP is a VTOL variant of Arcturus UAV’s catapult launched T-20 platform. The T-20 JUMP operates without any special launch or recovery equipment.…