India’s HAL Pursues UAV Market

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Eyeing a potential $2 billion domestic market, India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL), which recently carved out a separate unmanned air systems (UAS) division as part of a comprehensive diversification drive, wants to prepare platforms quickly to meet a raft…

Oregon drone mission: Keeping spuds happy

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HERMISTON, ORE. (AP) – Experiments have begun in Oregon aimed at using the unmanned aircraft known as drones to keep potatoes happy. The Federal Aviation Administration recently authorized the use of drones to fly over Oregon State University potato fields…

SA police to use unmanned drones to spy on criminals

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BRAD CROUCH, NIGEL HUNTThe Advertiser SOUTH Australian police will use sophisticated remote-controlled drones to spy on suspects as it takes the war on crime to new heights. The stealthy miniature unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will be equipped with still, video,…

Printed drones to hunt down drug-running boats

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Paul Marks Under the gaze of a hovering quadcopter’s high-definition camera, a 4-metre-wingspan drone guns its twin engines and takes to the skies. So began the first flight of an uncrewed aircraft early last month that could soon be monitoring…

Italians learn to fly RPAs at Holloman

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HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE – There’s no doubt that Holloman Air Force Base is home to extraordinary missions, but we wouldn’t be completely mission successful without the help of our foreign brothers and sisters. People are aware of our support…

Sensintel acquires BAE Systems Unmanned Aircraft Program business

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Sensintel Inc.–a newly formed company and provider of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), sensors, and related services–has acquired BAE Systems’ Unmanned Aircraft Programs business. “The decision to acquire this business and form Sensintel was an easy one, given my passion for aviation and my belief in the unmanned…

Tech tussle at Mandela hospital

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A dozen police officers apprehended a man who flew a radio-controlled mini helicopter over the Pretoria hospital where former president Nelson Mandela was being treated on Friday. The “multicopter” had a rotating camera and was in the sky for a…

Predator 107 Soars Past 20,000 Flight Hours

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems, today announced that a U.S. Air Force (USAF) Predator® RPA has reached a record 20,000 flight hours on a single…