LEONARDO HAS ACQUIRED THE REMAINING SHARES OF SISTEMI DINAMICI FROM IDS OF ITALY, PROVIDING IT WITH FULL OWNERSHIP OF THE SD-150 HERO UNMANNED HELICOPTER PROGRAMME.
Bomb detection in UAVs can be life saving, and there are those service members who are in need of a technology that is fully customizable. There are not a lot of custom frames on the market that deal with advanced prototyping. I would like to introduce you to Advanced Aerials who are true innovators when it comes to drone prototyping for various commercial and military applications. Bert Wagner founded Advanced Aerials in 1994 and has a long history of providing commercial work. Bert has also spent nearly two decades collaborating with the military using UAVs for Counter Explosive Hazard R&D.
French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) has selected Thales’s latest-generation Spy’Ranger mini surveillance and reconnaissance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to equip the French forces.
Up to 70 mini-UAV reconnaissance systems (SMDR) will be made available from 2018. Each system consists of three mini-UAVs, a ground segment and the associated technical support, the company announced today. Starting in 2018, Thales will provide French forces up to 210 mini reconnaissance UAVs.
Textron Unmanned Systems is studying the feasibility of a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) variant of its RQ-7 Shadow unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which it hopes could be an upgrade option for the Australian Army’s ageing fleet.
In 2016, the company revealed a VTOL variant of its smaller Aeronsonde UAV dubbed the HQ, and it is now assessing the possibility of transferring this technology to the Shadow.
The U.S. Defense Department released the largest swarm of autonomous micro-drones during a recent test over China Lake testing ground in California.
Traveling at Mach .6, three F/A-18 Super Hornets successfully launched 103 Perdix drones from the fighters’ underbelly flare dispensers. With a tiny, 11.8-inch wingspan and weighing only .6 pounds, the drones withstood temperatures of minus 10 degrees Celsius as well as a jarring jolt upon ejection.
Reading very much like the next Terminator movie script, a DoD press release states: “The micro-drones demonstrated advanced swarm behaviors such as collective decision-making, adaptive formation flying, and self-healing.
ORBITAL BUILDS ENGINE FACTORY CLOSE TO INSITU
Following a $90 million agreement with Boeing’s unmanned aerial vehicle subsidiary InSitu, an Australian company that makes engines for aerial drones is setting up a facility in the Columbia Gorge close to InSitu. Orbital, based in Perth, has signed a three-year deal with Boeing to supply InSitu with a new Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) engine.
It plans to move into an existing facility within six months, probably in Bingen, the Klickitat County town where InSitu is headquartered. It projects about 15 jobs to the area initially, though that should scale up later, InSitu said.
DragonPlate, known for high quality, ready to purchase carbon fibre components has just released UAV quadcopter frame kits. These kits provide the basic structure necessary for anyone interested in building their own carbon fibre multi-rotor. In addition to the assembly templates and instructions, full CAD models are available for download for each kit. This allows the integration of motors, controllers, batteries, and cameras into the design before even purchasing the components. Expert level builders will be able to use the CAD models as a baseline for more sophisticated designs, for example, larger units with additional rotors.
The Sharp Sword UAV, China’s stealthy attack drone, just won second place in the National Science and Technology Advancement Prizes. Considering the secrecy surrounding stealth drones to come out of China—there are relatively few photos of the Sharp Sword available, particularly as opposed to, say, the J-20 fighter—the Sharp Sword’s victory is pretty noteworthy.
The drone, known as “Lijian” in Mandarin Chinese, is being paraded as a huge win for Chinese aviation technology.
Dr. William Roper, director of the Strategic Capabilities Office at the Office of the Secretary of Defense and members of his staff visited the laboratory to see the Joint Tactical Aerial Resupply Vehicle, or JTARV.
Also known as the hoverbike, the vehicle may one day make it possible for Soldiers on the battlefield to order resupply and then receive those supplies rapidly.
I could have tried harder to fit more abbreviations into that title. Made in South Korea under an MOU from Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) by the South Korean composite manufacturer, Hankuk Carbon (HC), the Panther FE is a fuel cell equipped tri-copter separate lift thrust vehicle. I believe I am right in saying the only tri-copter SLT on the market at the moment. One less motor taking a ride as a passenger.
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) and its developer reported this month that a small unmanned aircraft powered by a heavy-fuel engine flew for 56 hours without refueling, setting an apparent flight record for its subclass. Vanilla Aircraft, based at Falls Church in Virginia, is developing the VA001 for military communications and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions as well as commercial remote-sensing applications.
The Coast Guard completed system operational verification testing of a small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) on Coast Guard Cutter Stratton, a national security cutter (NSC) based in Alameda, California, Jan. 2.
The Stratton crew and UAS program officials tested the power, communications, and launch and recovery systems that make up the sUAS to ensure that all parts functioned as needed and to identify areas requiring improvement. The full system consists of the aircraft, a ground control station, and a forward and an aft directional antenna, which contain the necessary fiber optic cables needed to communicate with the aircraft. Installation of the system components was completed Dec. 23; testing began a week later.