More UAVs watching Bastar 24×7 ahead of polls


Rakhi Chakrabarty, TNN NEW DELHI: Boots on the ground and eye in the sky — the home ministry is using both in tandem to secure assembly elections in south Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region, a Maoist stronghold. The CRPF, nodal agency overseeing deployment of security forces…

Northrop Grumman-built MQ-8C Fire Scout First Flight


The Northrop Grumman-built MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter successfully completed its first flight on Oct. 31 from Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu, Calif. Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor for the U.S. Navy’s Fire Scout program that includes the…

Irvine’s UFO mystery solved

Not for Photosales

People in Girdle Toll and Bourtreehill could not believe what they were seeing as a mysterious aircraft with flashing lights zipped in and out of the sky. One eye-witness told the Times: “I had just arrived home from work, and…

The Man Without Horns (and nose ring)


sUAS News Podcast interview with Raphael Pirker (aka Trappy), and Brendan Schulman. We spent 45 minutes with these two gentlemen hearing about the progression of events since the FAA imposed their $10,000 fine.Gene and I tried to pull back and side story out of the interview, without judgment and or trying the case. Very difficult to do, as we wanted to hear all about the strategy, and plans for working the motion to dismiss. This is a saga that the whole community is following closely and to say the case is polarizing is an understatement. However, I believe that most of us in the community are pulling for Raphael to prevail. I hope folks get as much out of the conversation as we did. Listen here

Excellence in Police Aviation award for sUAS program officers


Two members of the Halton Regional Police Service were bestowed with a prestigious award during the 2013 International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference in Philadelphia. The ”Excellence in Police Aviation” award, sponsored by Bell Helicopter, was accepted by Detective Dave Banks and Constable Andrew Olesen for their efforts in…

Bees no drones when it comes to landing


JOHN ROSS THE AUSTRALIAN AUSTRALIAN neuroscientists studying bees’ flight have uncovered a surprisingly simple guidance strategy which could be used by drones, stealth fighters and even spacecraft. Experiments at the Australian National University revealed that bees land safely by ensuring…

KVH Introduce DSP-1760 Multi-axis Fiber Optic Gyro


KVH Industries, Inc. has introduced a new multi-axis fiber optic gyro (FOG), the DSP-1760. The breakthrough design of the DSP-1760, which combines 1, 2, or 3 axes of the world’s smallest high-performance FOGs within an easy-to-integrate housing, provides both versatility and…

Software Innovations Boost Australian UAV Tracking Capabilities


MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA — Innovations by Australian software companies have improved the military’s ability to track targets in difficult environment and rapidly disseminate data to analysts and deployed units. More recently, Sentient Vision Systems and General Dynamics (GD) Mediaware combined forces to…