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Airbus VSR700 OPV demonstrator performs first autonomous flights

Airbus Helicopters recently started autonomous flight trials of a VSR700 Optionally Piloted Vehicle (OPV) demonstrator, paving the way for a first flight of the actual VSR700 prototype in 2018....

Centaur Makes First Automatic Landings

Aurora Flight Sciences announced today that its Centaur optionally-piloted aircraft has successfully completed its first fully automatic landings. The tests were conducted at Warrenton, Virginia. Aurora designed Centaur to fly...

NASA Outreach Program Assists Peregrine With Research for Optionally Piloted Aircraft

MELBOURNE, Fla. -- The NASA funded Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program (SATOP) strives to transfer the knowledge and technology of the space program to small businesses. Through SATOP, the...

Another OPV takes to the sky

The DA42 still has the prize for us as a proven OPV platform but this week Northrup Grumman unveiled their latest project the Firebird. Firebird offers a large internal payload...

Centaur Begins Flight Test Program

Aurora Flight Sciences announced that the Centaur Optionally Piloted Aircraft (OPA) has begun its flight test program. The first fully-configured Centaur made its first flight on Saturday, January...

Centaur OPV receives Special Airworthiness Certificate from FAA

Aurora Flight Sciences announced today that its “Centaur” aircraft has received a Special Airworthiness Certificate from the FAA. The Centaur product is being developed as an Optionally-Piloted...

Aurora Flight Sciences OPV arrives.

Slightly bigger than this space should show but an idea to keep an eye on. Aurora Flight Sciences announced today that the DA42M aircraft that will serve as its Optionally...

OPV DA42 preparing for flight trials.

Not small, but OPV's are a stepping stone towards sUAS in the NAS, just love using that phrase! MANASSAS, VA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/17/10 -- Aurora Flight Sciences announced today...

OPV Optionally Piloted Vehicle

Not a day seems to go by without a new abbreviation in the UAV world. This one although not strictly connected with small unmanned aerial systems has caught...