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Merseyside Police make first arrest using unmanned helicopter

Merseyside Police make first arrest using unmanned helicopter

Thermal imaging technology has been used for the first time on the Force’s ‘drone’ or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to make an arrest. Two men suspected of stealing a Renault Clio in Bootle were tracked by the UAV, which is a remote-controlled aerial camera operated by a police officer on the ground, and after fleeing… Read more »

Source: Merseyside Police, 18-Feb-10

Team K-MAX Demos Successful Unmanned Helicopter Cargo Resupply to USMC

Team K-MAX Demos Successful Unmanned Helicopter Cargo Resupply to USMC

Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) and Kaman Aerospace Corporation, a subsidiary of Kaman Corporation (Nasdaq: KAMN) have successfully demonstrated to the U.S. Marine Corps the capability of the Unmanned K-MAX® helicopter to resupply troops by unmanned helicopter at forward operating bases in Afghanistan. During a series of flights last week in subfreezing temperatures at the U.S. Army’s Dugway… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 08-Feb-10

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Next in military technology: Unmanned Black Hawk?

Next in military technology: Unmanned Black Hawk?

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced a billion-dollar venture Monday that it hopes will respond to military demand for technology to fight two wars, including Black Hawk helicopters that can see and fly on their own.

Source: News Vine, 02-Feb-10

Urban Aeronautics AirMule Completes First Phase of Flight Testing

Urban Aeronautics AirMule Completes First Phase of Flight Testing

The AirMule (formerly MULE), a single-engine, VTOL Cargo and MedEvac UAS developed by Urban Aeronautics, Ltd, has successfully completed the first phase of its flight testing. This phase has consisted of autonomous hovers with the vehicle’s Fly-By-Wire control system providing the necessary auto-stabilization in all three rotational axes of the vehicle (Pitch, Roll and Yaw)…. Read more »

Source: Urban Aeronautics, 11-Jan-10

US Army Unmanned Aircraft Program Grows to Support Demand

US Army Unmanned Aircraft Program Grows to Support Demand

WASHINGTON — Discussions about the Army’s use of unmanned systems in the combat theater are likely to focus on bomb-detecting robots and ground vehicles able to navigate through hazardous terrain. Chances are the discussion won’t immediately go to one of the fast-growing fields in the Army: unmanned aircraft systems. These systems, operated at the tactical… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Jan-10

Canada experimenting with unmanned helicopters

Canada experimenting with unmanned helicopters

The aim of the project by Canada’s defence research branch, launched last fall, is to improve on the current generation of remote-controlled devices designed for the battlefield.

Source: Canadian Press, 11-Jan-10

MQ-8B Fire Scout Demonstrates Interoperability With the Army’s One System(TM) Remote Video Terminal

MQ-8B Fire Scout Demonstrates Interoperability With the Army’s One System(TM) Remote Video Terminal

A Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) land-based MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Unmanned Aircraft System, designated P7, successfully demonstrated interoperability with the Army’s One System(R) Remote Video Terminal (OSRVT) at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz., the week of November 23. Fire Scout’s OSRVT demonstration illustrates its readiness to support Brigade Combat Teams. Designed and produced by AAI Corporation,… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 09-Jan-10

Northrop Grumman’s Unmanned Fire Scout Completes Successful Maritime Sensors Demonstration

Northrop Grumman’s Unmanned Fire Scout Completes Successful Maritime Sensors Demonstration

Fire Scout was equipped with the Telephonics’ radar and FLIR Electro Optical Infrared system, and highlighted the versatility of the unmanned helicopter’s modular payload architecture and its flexibility in integrating off-the-shelf payloads.

Source: Northrop Grumman, 22-Dec-09

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Schiebel and Boeing demo Camcopter for psychological operations role

Schiebel and Boeing demo Camcopter for psychological operations role

Schiebel recently conducted, in cooperation with Boeing, a demonstration for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, integrating the CAMCOPTER® S-100 and ground unmanned systems for psychological operation missions in-theatre.

Source: Scheibel, 17-Dec-09

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Schiebel signs Camcopter contract with French military

Schiebel signs Camcopter contract with French military

Following the success with the first UAS ever to fly at the Paris Air Show in June 2009, Schiebel has now won a contract with the Direction générale de l’armement (DGA).

Source: Scheibel, 02-Dec-09

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World’s smallest controllable single-winged rotorcraft mimics maple seed design

Aerospace engineering graduate students at the University of Maryland’s Clark School of Engineering have mimicked the design of the maple seed, or samara fruit, to create the world’s smallest controllable single-winged rotorcraft.

Source: The Engineer, 23-Oct-09

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Boeing A160T Unmanned Helicopter Flies With Foliage-Penetrating Radar in DARPA Tests

Boeing A160T Unmanned Helicopter Flies With Foliage-Penetrating Radar in DARPA Tests

The Boeing A160T Hummingbird unmanned helicopter successfully completed 20 test flights from Aug. 31 to Oct. 8 with the Foliage Penetration Reconnaissance, Surveillance, Tracking and Engagement Radar (FORESTER). The tests, conducted at Fort Stewart, Ga., validated the radar-carrying A160T’s flight characteristics with more than 50 hours of flying time.

Source: Boeing, 15-Oct-09

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Black Eagle 50 unmanned helicopter to be displayed in Army & Police Exhibition in Tel Aviv

Developed by Steadicopter, the Black Eagle 50 mini rotary UAV is just over two meters long and can carry a minimal payload of 3 kg. The unmanned helicopter can stay in the air for up to three hours and reach altitudes of 9,000 feet. It can transmit footage back to a command center from distances… Read more »

Source: Jerusalem Post, 11-Oct-09

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Kaman Receives U.S. Marine Corps Contract to Demonstrate Unmanned Cargo Delivery

Kaman Aerospace Corporation has received an $864,000 contract from the U.S. Marine Corps on behalf of Team K-MAX to demonstrate the ability of the Unmanned K-MAX(R) helicopter to deliver cargo to troops in extreme environments and at high altitudes

Source: Kaman, 04-Sep-09

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US Army demos VUIT-2 software integration on Kiowa Warrior

The US Army’s aviation directorate says that it has now carried out initial software integration for the video from unmanned aircraft systems for interoperability teaming (VUIT-2) system aboard a Boeing OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter as part of plans for a fleet role out aboard that aircraft type.

Source: Rotorhub, 02-Sep-09

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Gas pipelines will be monitored by new Russian/Israeli unmanned helicopter

Source: OIl & Gas Eurasia, 14-Aug-09

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Team K-MAX Receives US Marine Corps Contract To Demonstrate Unmanned Cargo Delivery

Kaman Aerospace Corporation has received a contract from the U.S. Marine Corps on behalf of Team K-MAX to demonstrate the ability of the Unmanned K-MAX® helicopter to deliver cargo to troops in extreme environments and at high altitudes. Kaman will award a subcontract to Lockheed Martin to integrate a beyond line of sight data link… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 13-Aug-09

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Boeing and Schiebel to Pursue UAS Opportunities in With Camcopter S-100

Boeing and Schiebel to Pursue UAS Opportunities in With Camcopter S-100

The Boeing Company and Schiebel Industries AG of Austria today announced they have signed a teaming agreement to pursue marketing and support opportunities for Schiebel’s S-100 CAMCOPTER

Source: http://boeing.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=786, 12-Aug-09

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Boeing to Demonstrate A160T Unmanned Cargo Aircraft for US Marine Corps

Boeing to Demonstrate A160T Unmanned Cargo Aircraft for US Marine Corps

The Boeing Company received a $500,000 contract from the U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory on Aug. 5 to demonstrate the company’s A160T (YMQ-18A) Hummingbird for the Marines’ Immediate Cargo Unmanned Aerial System Demonstration Program.

Source: Boeing, 12-Aug-09

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Northrop Grumman-Developed U.S. Navy Unmanned Fire Scout Nears Operational Evaluation

Northrop Grumman-Developed U.S. Navy Unmanned Fire Scout Nears Operational Evaluation

The Northrop Grumman Corporation-developedMQ-8B Fire Scout VTUAV recently completed flight tests aboard the USS McInerney. This is part of a series of shipboard evaluations leading to Operational Evaluation (OpEval) scheduled for this fall.

Source: Northrop Grumman, 11-Aug-09

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Northrop Grumman Fire Scout Aircraft Provided a Real-time Video Feed

Northrop Grumman Fire Scout Aircraft Provided a Real-time Video Feed

A Northrop Grumman Corporation-developed (NYSE:NOC) MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV) testing in the U.S. provided a real-time video feed of electro-optical/ infrared sensor (EO/IR) imagery to participants at the Paris Air Show recently.

Source: Northrop Grumman, 16-Jul-09

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Camcopter becomes first UAV ever to fly at Paris Air Show

Camcopter becomes first UAV ever to fly at Paris Air Show

The CAMCOPTER® S-100 will be the first-ever Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) to fly as part of the official flight displays at this year’s 100 year anniversary of “Salon du Le Bourget” from June 15 to 19.

Source: Scheibel, 04-Jun-09

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