Click for more information on Gama Aviation
RSS Feed for this search

Unmanned

AeroVironment creates new COO role – and promotes from within

AeroVironment creates new COO role – and promotes from within

Source: AeroVironment, 09-May-12

AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVAV) today announced a realignment of its senior management team to support its growth plans. The company promoted Senior Vice President and UAS General Manager Tom Herring to the newly established position of chief operating officer. Herring will focus on the planning and execution of the company’s annual operating plan and on operational [...]

Northrop Grumman awarded $25M contract for three Fire Scouts

Northrop Grumman awarded $25M contract for three Fire Scouts

Source: US DoD, 09-May-12

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Integrated Systems Sector, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $25,709,758 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-07-C-0041) to purchase three Fire Scout vertical takeoff and landing tactical unmanned aerial vehicles Lot 5 low rate initial production and one ground control station.  Work will be performed in Moss Point, Miss. [...]

SESAR launches study on Unmanned Aircraft

SESAR launches study on Unmanned Aircraft

Source: SESAR, 08-May-12

In the future air navigation environment, it will be increasingly difficult to work on ATM concepts without integrating the different types of airspace users, including unmanned aircraft. The deployment of the new SESAR systems, procedures, technologies and standards requires a high degree of synchronisation among all stakeholders, and the UAS community has become also a relevant [...]

Draganflyer to show UAVs at ICAP police conference

Draganflyer to show UAVs at ICAP police conference

Source: Draganflyer, 02-May-12

Draganfly Innovations will be attending the 2012 International Association of Chiefs of Police (ICAP) 2012 Conference. The 2012 ICAP Conference runs from September 29 to October 3 and will feature speakers from around the world. ICAP 2012 is an excellent opportunity to get the latest opinions on currently pressing law enforcement topics. We will be [...]

ManTech wins $46M for US Navy UAV flight test support

ManTech wins $46M for US Navy UAV flight test support

Source: ManTech, 01-May-12

The U.S. Navy has awarded ManTech International Corporation (NASDAQ:MANT) a contract to provide flight test support solutions for the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Manned and Unmanned Air Vehicle Evaluation Division (AIR 5.1.6). The contract has a three-year period of performance and a value of $46 million. AIR 5.1.6′s charter is to integrate, test and evaluate: aircraft flying qualities and [...]

Camcopter S-100 becomes first UAV to fly from an Italian Navy ship

Camcopter S-100 becomes first UAV to fly from an Italian Navy ship

Source: Schiebel, 30-Apr-12

Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 has taken a further step in consolidating its strong maritime position by being the first UAS (Unmanned Air System) to ever fly from an Italian Navy ship. The S-100 was flown from the ITS Bersagliere, a Soldati Class frigate and successfully carried out a number of missions for observers from the Italian [...]

Indra flies unmanned Pelicano in Segovia

Indra flies unmanned Pelicano in Segovia

Source: Indra, 30-Apr-12

Indra’s new UAV, the Pelicano helicopter, performed a test flight at the Marugán aerodrome in the province of Segovia. This test marks the market launch of Indra’s new unmanned helicopter system, which is now ready to enter into service. The flights took place as part of UNVEX’12, the Spanish conference for unmanned systems that is holding [...]

Seattle Police evaluates UAV

Seattle Police evaluates UAV

Source: Seattle Police, 30-Apr-12

The Seattle Police Department is in the training and evaluation stages of deploying an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).  Since first exploring the possibilities and advantages of an unmanned aerial program to the present day, nothing has changed substantively. The possible use of a UAV by SPD has been in the news for quite a while [...]

Northrop Grumman to upgrade Fire Scout for US Navy with Bell 407 airframe

Northrop Grumman to upgrade Fire Scout for US Navy with Bell 407 airframe

Source: Northrop Grumman, 25-Apr-12

The U.S. Navy has selected Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) to produce the next-generation Fire Scout unmanned helicopter using the Bell 407 airframe. The new variant provides greater range, endurance and payload capacity to ship commander’s intelligence-gathering efforts. According to a U.S. Department of Defense news release on contract awards released April 23, the company will produce [...]

FAA releases lists of drone certificates—Many questions unanswered

FAA releases lists of drone certificates—Many questions unanswered

Source: EFF, 21-Apr-12

FAA says the two lists it released include the names of all public and private entities that have applied for authorizations to fly drones domestically. (see full story)

Schiebel flies Camcopter with broadcast-quality camera

Schiebel flies Camcopter with broadcast-quality camera

Source: Schiebel, 16-Apr-12

Brain Farm Digital Cinema, Snaproll Media, and Schiebel are excited and proud to announce that the CAMCOPTER® S-100 achieved its first flight with the CINEFLEX® camera as the first UAS (Unmanned Air System) ever. The days of shooting were successfully carried out in Austria, bringing new levels of innovation to the film and broadcast industry [...]

US Navy grounds MQ-8B Fire Scout after two crashes

US Navy grounds MQ-8B Fire Scout after two crashes

Source: US Navy, 11-Apr-12

The Navy recently experienced two unrelated operational mishaps with the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter. There were no injuries to personnel and no damage to other aircraft. On March 30, an MQ-8B Fire Scout operating off USS Simpson (FFG-56) was ditched at sea upon returning from a maritime surveillance mission in support of Africa Partnership [...]

Bell and AAI combine resources for manned/unmanned development

Bell and AAI combine resources for manned/unmanned development

Source: Bell, 10-Apr-12

Bell Helicopter and Textron Systems operating unit AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems, both Textron Inc. companies (NYSE: TXT), have teamed to develop a Manned Unmanned Operations (MUMO) Capability Development Laboratory in Huntsville, AL. to enable a software and hardware-in-the-loop (HWIL) development test capability using operationally relevant systems specific to manned unmanned teaming. This MUMO Capability Development [...]

US Navy’s smart robocopters will spy you in the crowd

US Navy’s smart robocopters will spy you in the crowd

Source: US Navy ONR, 10-Apr-12

Navy unmanned aircraft will be able to distinguish small pirate boats from other vessels when an Office of Naval Research (ONR)-funded sensor starts airborne tests this summer, officials said April 5. Called the Multi-Mode Sensor Seeker (MMSS), the sensor is a mix of high-definition cameras, mid-wave infrared sensors and laser-radar (LADAR) technology. It will be placed on [...]

06-Apr-12 MQ-8B northern Afghanistan

06-Apr-12

MQ-8B operating in northern Afghanistan crashed while conducting a routine surveillance mission in support of Regional Command North.

30-Mar-12 MQ-8B Fire Scout off USS SImpson

30-Mar-12

MQ-8B Fire Scout operating off USS Simpson (FFG-56) was ditched at sea upon returning from a maritime surveillance mission in support of Africa Partnership Station. The air vehicle was unable to achieve UAS Common Automated Recovery System (UCARS) lock on, a requirement for landing aboard a ship at sea. After multiple approaches and exhaustive troubleshooting [...]

GE Aviation wins position on Northrop Grumman Fire Scout program

GE Aviation wins position on Northrop Grumman Fire Scout program

Source: GE Aviation, 16-Mar-12

GE Aviation has been awarded a contract by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) to provide a stores management system for the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter. The contract includes the installation, engineering, manufacturing and data development of GE’s Stores and Payload Controller (SPC) used to control Fire Scout’s new weapons system. “The stores and payload controller [...]

CybAero AB to support UV India 2012

CybAero AB to support UV India 2012

Source: Shephard media, 14-Mar-12

Following the success of the inaugural UV India event 2011 produced by Shephard media and Indian Military Review we are pleased to announce that CybAero AB have confirmed their support as a sponsor and speaker for UV India 2012. The 2011 event, held in New Delhi drew a large number of participants to both the conference and exhibition. Speakers [...]

Maiden flight of Camcopter S-100 with heavy fuel engine

Maiden flight of Camcopter S-100 with heavy fuel engine

Source: Schiebel, 13-Mar-12

Schiebel is delighted to announce the first flight of a heavy-fuel powered CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS (Unmanned Air System). The flexibility this engine provides will further add to the wide capabilities of the unmanned helicopter. After extensive development, the S-100 successfully made its maiden flight with the new heavy fuel engine at Schiebel’s range near the [...]

FAA Asks for Public Input on UAS Test Site Selection

FAA Asks for Public Input on UAS Test Site Selection

Source: FAA, 07-Mar-12

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today asked for public input on the agency’s selection process for six unmanned aircraft system (UAS) test sites. Once the pilot program is established, the agency expects it will provide valuable data to help the FAA safely and efficiently integrate UAS into the same airspace with manned airplanes. “Unmanned aircraft [...]

Mini-UAV crashes during police test near Houston

Mini-UAV crashes during police test near Houston

Source: Examiner, 06-Mar-12

Vanguard CEO Michael Buscher said his company’s prototype drone was flying about 18-feet off the ground when it started having trouble.   It’s designed to go into an auto shutdown mode, according to Buscher, but when it was coming down the drone crashed into the SWAT team’s armored vehicle. (see full story)

Kaman supports K-Max while expanding manufacturing and rotor blade work

Kaman supports K-Max while expanding manufacturing and rotor blade work

Source: Kaman, 09-Feb-12

 The Kaman Helicopters Division of Kaman Aerospace Corporation, a subsidiary of Kaman Corporation (NASDAQ-GS: KAMN), continues to develop new chapters in its storied history with the unmanned K-MAX®; successes and opportunities in subcontract manufacturing; and rotor blade development and production. Kaman will showcase its products and services in Booth 5222, Hall C, at the Helicopter [...]

Apache project office demos National Airspace Trainer

Apache project office demos National Airspace Trainer

Source: Program Executive Office, 05-Feb-12

The Product Office for the AH-64D Longbow Apache Block III (AB3) conducted a demonstration of a new capability that will enable collective Manned-Unmanned Teaming training using a manned helicopter. The demo was held on the campus of University of Alabama-Huntsville on Feb. 2. The AB3 National Airspace Trainer was demonstrated to the Program Executive Office [...]

Kaman announces date for Q4 and full-year 2011 earnings

Kaman announces date for Q4 and full-year 2011 earnings

Source: Kaman, 04-Feb-12

Kaman Corp. (NASDAQ-GS: KAMN) announced today that it will report its fourth quarter and full year 2011 results after the stock market closes on Monday, February 27, 2012 and host a live webcast and conference call at 8:30am ET on Tuesday February 28th, 2012. The call will last approximately one hour. The call will be [...]

Pulse Aerospace unveils PA-01 Vapor unmanned helicopter

Pulse Aerospace unveils PA-01 Vapor unmanned helicopter

Source: Pulse Aerospace, 30-Jan-12

Pulse Aerospace, a Lawrence, KS based unmanned aircraft systems developer, released their latest product, the PA-01 Vapor helicopter unmanned aircraft system (UAS), at the PIPELINE Innovator of the Year Event in Overland Park, KS on January 26, 2012. Bill Donovan, President of Pulse Aerospace, was selected into the 2011 group of high-growth oriented innovators to [...]

LAPD warns California realtors against use of photography drones

LAPD warns California realtors against use of photography drones

Source: CAR, 25-Jan-12

Los Angeles authorities have asked C.A.R. to communicate this warning to REALTORS® who hire unmanned aircraft operators to take aerial photographs for marketing high-end properties. Using these devices (also known as drones) for flight in the air with no onboard pilot may violate, among other things, the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) policy on unmanned aircrafts, [...]

USS Simpson and Fire Scout set sail for Africa

USS Simpson and Fire Scout set sail for Africa

Source: US Navy, 20-Jan-12

The MQ-8B Fire Scout, the Navy’s only unmanned aircraft to operate on land and at sea departed Jan.17 from Mayport, Fla., aboard USS Simpson (FFG 56) for a six-month deployment to western Africa. Personnel from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 60 Detachment 4 and Northrop Grumman took Fire Scout on its third at-sea deployment aboard [...]

ND UAV airspace plan raises questions and concerns

ND UAV airspace plan raises questions and concerns

Source: AOPA, 18-Jan-12

A proposal to create new restricted airspace in North Dakota for training of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)raises more questions than it answers, undermines safety, and would set a dangerous precedent in creating additional restricted airspace for use solely by UAS, AOPA said, urging members to comment on the proposal by Feb. 12. On Nov. 28, the FAA published a [...]

First UAV contest to be held in Armenia

First UAV contest to be held in Armenia

Source: UITE, 16-Jan-12

In the frames of Armenian Robots Open Championship (ArmRobotics) the Union of Information Technologies Enterprises (UITE) announces registration for the ‘Unmanned Aerial Vehicle’ (UAV) contest. The participants of this contest must design and prepare robots which must recognize the navigation signs and send pictures of the area online, find the specially assigned tee, flop down [...]

Civil liberties group sues FAA over drone surveillance

Civil liberties group sues FAA over drone surveillance

Source: HAI, 13-Jan-12

The Hill reported Jan. 11 that the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed a suit in Northern California’s U.S. District Court to force the FAA to release data about what groups have been given permission to fly higher than the FAA normally permits. Once drones enter controlled airspace (500 feet and above) they are required to have [...]

CybAero performs UAV missions in the Arctic Ocean

CybAero performs UAV missions in the Arctic Ocean

Source: CybAero, 06-Jan-12

Swedish UAV manufacturer CybAero AB, listed on NASDAQ OMX First North in Stockholm, in collabora6on with the Norwegian Coast Guard and Coastal Agency, has conducted a series of flights with its unmanned helicopter, the APID 60, in winds up to gale force. The flights took place over the Arc6c Ocean, near the Norwegian village of [...]

FAA poised to enable police to use UAVs domestically

FAA poised to enable police to use UAVs domestically

Source: PRI, 06-Jan-12

In January, the FAA is expected to issue new air space regulations allowing for the civilian use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Police departments are expected to be early and widespread users of the drones, but some are raising concerns about privacy. (see full story)

US Army to deploy A160T Hummingbird to Afghanistan

US Army to deploy A160T Hummingbird to Afghanistan

Source: US Army, 27-Dec-11

The U.S. Army is using a hybrid-type acquisition approach to develop a helicopter-like, Vertical-Take-Off-and-Landing Unmanned Aerial System with a so-called ARGUS wide-area surveillance sensor suite designed to beam back information and images of the surrounding terrain, service officials said. Beginning in May or June of 2012, the Army will deploy three Boeing-built A160 Hummingbird Vertical-Take-Off-and-Landing [...]

Unmanned K-Max makes first delivery for Marines in Afghanistan

Unmanned K-Max makes first delivery for Marines in Afghanistan

Source: US Marine Corps, 23-Dec-11

Unmanned systems have revolutionized combat aviation, providing a colossal advantage in the fight against terror with surveillance and close-air support. Recently, a detachment of Marines from Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1 in Afghanistan added aerial resupply to the list of UAV capabilities. The detachment completed its first unmanned aerial system cargo delivery in a [...]

Reservist reflects on Fire Scout deployment in Afghanistan

Reservist reflects on Fire Scout deployment in Afghanistan

Source: US Navy, 07-Dec-11

Just in time for the holidays, a member from Fire Scout Detachment Alpha returned here after an eight-month deployment in Afghanistan. Lt. Cmdr. Tom Williams, Alpha detachment’s assistant officer in charge, returned to Pax River mid-November after supporting Fire Scout’s first land-based deployment. Williams is not a returning individual augmentee, rather he is a Navy [...]

Camcopter is the only UAV flying at LIMA 11

Camcopter is the only UAV flying at LIMA 11

Source: Schiebel, 06-Dec-11

Schiebel s CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) is the only UAS taking part in the flight displays at LIMA (Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace) Exhibition from 6th to 10th December 2011. The CAMCOPTER® S-100 unmanned helicopter has already performed flawlessly at exhibitions and air shows around the world and wrote aviation history in 2009 [...]

BAE Systems and AVX join for US Navy’s MRMUAS Program

BAE Systems and AVX join for US Navy’s MRMUAS Program

Source: AVX Aircraft Company, 02-Dec-11

BAE Systems and AVX Aircraft Company have combined expertise in system and subsystem integration and rotorcraft design to compete for the U.S. Navy’s Medium Range Maritime Unmanned Aerial System (MRMUAS). The MRMUAS will provide a multi-intelligence, reconfigurable platform for operation from all air-capable ships. The joint team recently submitted its response to the Navy’s Broad [...]

Korea demonstrates “Smart UAV” tilt-rotor

Korea demonstrates “Smart UAV” tilt-rotor

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Nov-11

The Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) has provided significantly more information on their an unmanned tilt-rotor named “Smart UAV”, and carried out demonstration flights at Goheung, South Jeolla Province yesterday for the press.  From project commencement in 2002, KARI has been working on the aircraft with relatively few reports being published until now.  The aircraft [...]

Australia to review civilian UAV regulations

Australia to review civilian UAV regulations

Source: CASA, 29-Nov-11

Extract from the CASA Director of Aviation Safety’s monthly briefing:- The unmanned aircraft systems sector is to get better regulatory support. CASA has set up a project to review the rules currently covering unmanned aircraft systems and to develop a package of new guidance material. Six advisory circulars will be published to guide both the [...]

Civilians using drone aircraft may soon fly with FAA

Civilians using drone aircraft may soon fly with FAA

Source: LA Times, 29-Nov-11

To date, the FAA has issued 266 active testing permits for civilian drone applications but hasn’t permitted drones in national airspace on a wide scale out of concern that the pilotless craft don’t have an adequate “detect, sense and avoid” technology to prevent midair collisions. (see full story)

Camcopter makes first flights from French patrol vessel

Camcopter makes first flights from French patrol vessel

Source: Schiebel, 29-Nov-11

Schiebel s CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) has once again successfully proven its highly efficient maritime capability, this time onboard the new Gowind class OPV (Offshore Patrol Vessel), L ADROIT built by DCNS and handed over to the French Navy in October 2011. Operating at the cutting edge of technology, the S-100 successfully completed [...]

Arlington police get OK to buy drone helicopters

Arlington police get OK to buy drone helicopters

Source: Star Telegram, 17-Nov-11

The Arlington Police Department got approval Tuesday from the City Council to spend just over $202,000 from a federal grant to buy two small unmanned aircraft. (see full story)

DCNS and Thales overcome UAV deck-landing hurdle

DCNS and Thales overcome UAV deck-landing hurdle

Source: DCNS, 14-Nov-11

DCNS and Thales announced the launch of a supplementary phase for the Technology Demonstration of a system for automatic landing and deck-landing of UAVs (D2AD), which has just been notified by the French Defence Procurement Authority (DGA). Sea trials of the demonstrator are planned for 2012 using a French Navy frigate and a Boeing, H-6U [...]

Apache Block III data link controls UAV for the first time

Apache Block III data link controls UAV for the first time

Source: Lockheed Martin, 10-Nov-11

The LONGBOW Limited Liability Company’s Unmanned Aerial Systems Tactical Common Data Link Assembly (UTA) recently controlled an unmanned vehicle from an AH-64D Apache Block III attack helicopter, while both were in flight.  The LONGBOW LLC is a joint venture between Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC). During flight tests, the UTA controlled [...]

US Navy to arm MQ-8B Fire Scout

US Navy to arm MQ-8B Fire Scout

Source: Northrop Grumman, 09-Nov-11

Northrop Grumman Corporation  has started work outfitting the U.S. Navy’s MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter with a weapons system. The Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System laser-guided 70mm rocket — in production for the Navy since 2010 — will allow ship commanders to identify and engage hostile targets without calling in other aircraft for support. “By [...]

France to conduct sea trials with unmanned Little Bird

France to conduct sea trials with unmanned Little Bird

Source: Flightglobal, 04-Nov-11

France will perform at-sea trials with an unmanned Boeing H-6U Little Bird helicopter next year using a developmental automatic landing system. (see full story)

US Navy adds classified payload to MQ-8B Fire Scout

US Navy adds classified payload to MQ-8B Fire Scout

Source: Flightglobal, 04-Nov-11

Northrop was recently awarded a $1 million contract to integrate a payload called Twister on the MQ-8B – but the notice did not identify what specific function the Twister payload performs.  (see full story)

Montgomery County Sheriff adds ShadowHawk UAV

Montgomery County Sheriff adds ShadowHawk UAV

Source: Montgomery County Sheriff, 28-Oct-11

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will receive a ShadowHawk® Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) from Vanguard Defense Industries at 11:00AM Friday, October 28, 2011.  The delivery is scheduled to take place at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office located at #1 Criminal Justice Drive, Conroe, Texas 77301. Media will be able to learn about this exciting new [...]

AeroVironment launches the Qube Small UAV for law enforcement

AeroVironment launches the Qube Small UAV for law enforcement

Source: AeroVironment, 28-Oct-11

AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) today introduced the QubeTM portable UAS for use in public safety applications such as law enforcement and first response. Small enough to fit easily in the trunk of a car, the Qube system can be unpacked, assembled and ready for flight in less than five minutes, giving the operator a rapidly [...]

Cassidian boosts light UAV activity by buying SurveyCopter

Cassidian boosts light UAV activity by buying SurveyCopter

Source: Cassidian, 20-Oct-11

Cassidian has acquired SurveyCopter in order to increase the synergies within its light UAV segment (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle – UAV). Created in 1996, SurveyCopter is a French defence company based in France and Switzerland. Cassidian and SurveyCopter are partners since 2003. Cassidian plans to launch a new industrial pole specifically dedicated to tactical UAVs and [...]

Successful Unmanned Helicopter Test Flights from German Police Ship

Successful Unmanned Helicopter Test Flights from German Police Ship

Source: ESG, 17-Oct-11

On 16 September ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH together with Swiss UAV AG and the Federal Police successfully conducted experimental flights with the Unmanned Mission Avionics Test Helicopter (UMAT) from a Federal Police ship in the Baltic Sea. With these flights, the companies continued their analyses and verifications on unmanned aircraft systems. The UMAT proved its [...]

Raytheon’s Speed-of-Light Protection System can shield UAS

Raytheon’s Speed-of-Light Protection System can shield UAS

Source: Raytheon, 12-Oct-11

Raytheon Company’s (NYSE: RTN) Common Infrared Counter Measures solution for U.S. Army helicopters is also ideal for protecting unmanned aircraft systems. At 15 pounds less than the Army’s requirement, Raytheon’s CIRCM system is lightweight enough for large UAS platforms. “These unmanned aircraft are widely deployed in today’s battlespace, and they are highly vulnerable to missile [...]

Kiowa proves manned-unmanned capability at US Army test demo

Kiowa proves manned-unmanned capability at US Army test demo

Source: Bell, 11-Oct-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) today announced that its OH 58 Kiowa Warrior has successfully demonstrated  several ground breaking capabilities that will enable interoperability among  multiple aviation platforms, such as manned and unmanned vehicles. The exercise was conducted at the Manned Unmanned System Integration Capability (MUSIC) demonstration, sponsored by the U.S. Army [...]

Unmanned K-Max wins award

Unmanned K-Max wins award

Source: Kaman, 11-Oct-11

The Kaman Unmanned K-MAX cargo helicopter has received the Platinum Innovation Prize from the Connecticut Quality Improvement Award Partnership, Inc. The Unmanned K-MAX is an innovative helicopter that combines unique lift efficiency with the flexibility of programmable unmanned flight to handle a wide variety of military and civil missions. “Even in an uncertain economy, Kaman [...]

Unmanned K-Max gets Afghanistan call-up

Unmanned K-Max gets Afghanistan call-up

Source: Kaman, 06-Oct-11

The Marine Corps will deploy the Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and Kaman [NASDAQ-GS: KAMN] unmanned K-MAX® to Afghanistan next month. The decision follows the successful completion of a five-day Quick Reaction Assessment for the U.S. Navy’s Cargo Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program. A formal report, released last week by Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force, confirmed that [...]

Northrop Grumman awarded $18M for MQ-8B support

Northrop Grumman awarded $18M for MQ-8B support

Source: US DoD, 04-Oct-11

Northrop Grumman Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded an $18,650,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance services in support of the deployment of the MQ-8B vertical takeoff and landing tactical unmanned aerial vehicle. Work will be performed in Afghanistan (90 percent) and Patuxent River, Maryland (10 percent), and is expected to be completed [...]

MQ-8B Fire Scout flies on biofuel

MQ-8B Fire Scout flies on biofuel

Source: US Navy, 03-Oct-11

The Navy reached a milestone in its quest to gain energy independence today, when an MQ-8B Fire Scout successfully flew the first unmanned biofueled flight at Webster Field in St. Inigoes, Md. The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Directorate piloted the helicopter fueled with a combination of JP-5 aviation fuel and plant-based camelina. The biofuel blend [...]

VTOL UAV Safety Manual launched for film ndustry

VTOL UAV Safety Manual launched for film ndustry

Source: Air Drone, 01-Oct-11

Mundus Group, Inc.  subsidiary Air Drone’s Justin Chapman wrote in 2010 the FAA Manual for movie industry safety and standardization of operational regulations and compliance for UAV VTOL cinematography delivery systems. Justin Chapman has become well known in the RC Remote Controlled helicopter world — winning more than 50 RC helicopter contests. Mr. Chapman’s aerial [...]

Northrop Grumman awarded $7.5M for MQ-8B updates

Northrop Grumman awarded $7.5M for MQ-8B updates

Source: US DoD, 30-Sep-11

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Aerospace Systems Unmanned Systems, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $7,550,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-10-G-0003) for software sustainment services in support of the MQ-8B vertical take-off and landing tactical unmanned air vehicle. Services to be provided include analysis of engineering change proposals; development [...]

BAE Systems and Cassidian support UV India 2011

BAE Systems and Cassidian support UV India 2011

Source: UV India, 22-Sep-11

Shephard and the Indian Military Review invite you to the UV India 2011 exhibition and conference, to be held on 13-14 October at the Manekshaw Centre, New Delhi. With Shephards long history of producing UV events and IMR’s strong presence in India the event is attracting a distinguished level of speakers, exhibitors and visitors. BAE Systems and [...]

MUSIC integrates unmanned and manned aircraft

MUSIC integrates unmanned and manned aircraft

Source: US Army, 18-Sep-11

MICHAEL ARMY AIRFIELD, Utah — The Project Offices for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Apache Attack Helicopter and Armed Scout Helicopter conducted an exercise showcasing advancements made in aircraft interoperability, referred to as the Manned Unmanned System Integration Capability Exercise at Michael Army Airfield, Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, on Sept. 16. The MUSIC exercise is the largest [...]

Newcomer Aerie offers long endurance UAV

Newcomer Aerie offers long endurance UAV

Source: Aerie, 14-Sep-11

“We want to get in contact with customers that need a VTOL Long Endurance Aircraft for their purposes. Let’s talk about it.” Austrian “in foundation” company „AERIE“, announces its creation within the next weeks, as well as the release of its first VTOL Long Endurance product, the “SWIFT”. That will be followed by the “DIPTERON”, [...]

QinetiQ and Northrop Grumman produce VTUAS solution for Royal Navy

QinetiQ and Northrop Grumman produce VTUAS solution for Royal Navy

Source: QinetiQ, 14-Sep-11

Faced with lean budgets and an increasingly complex and dangerous defence and security environment, the UK urgently needs to be able to continue to produce clever, robust solutions for less money. One such area where an innovative, affordable solution may one day unseat more expensive technology programmes falls within the Royal Navy’s ability to provide [...]

RCMP testing Draganflyer X6 drone

RCMP testing Draganflyer X6 drone

Source: BC Local News, 13-Sep-11

RCMP are testing an aerial drone that can hover over crash sites and crime scenes to take photos or beam video back to officers on the ground.  (see full story)

UAS China 2011 is postponed

UAS China 2011 is postponed

Source: China Aviation Publishing & Media, 12-Sep-11

China Aviation Publishing & Media Co., Ltd, a subsidiary of China Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC), and the organizer of the UAS China 2011 conference has informed UVS International, that due to an overload of work caused by various aviation related events in China, the decision has been taken to not hold the international UAS China [...]

K-Max completes US Navy unmanned cargo assessment

K-Max completes US Navy unmanned cargo assessment

Source: Lockheed Martin, 07-Sep-11

The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]-led unmanned K-MAX® team successfully completed a five-day Quick Reaction Assessment (QRA) for the U.S. Navy’s Cargo Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program. “The autonomous flying K-MAX is designed to resupply Marines on the battlefield and in remote locations,” said Roger Il Grande, director of Airborne Systems at Lockheed Martin Mission Systems [...]

AeroVironment introduces Shrike VTOL UAV

AeroVironment introduces Shrike VTOL UAV

Source: AeroVironment, 31-Aug-11

AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVAV) today introduced its lightweight and man-portable Shrike VTOL™ unmanned aircraft system. In August 2008 AeroVironment announced the receipt of a contract from DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) to develop a portable, stealthy, persistent perch and stare (SP2S) unmanned aircraft system. Shrike VTOL represents the conclusion of this development effort. “With [...]

AeroVironment looks to expand into VTOL

AeroVironment looks to expand into VTOL

Source: Flightglobal, 26-Aug-11

Building upon its work on a DARPA program, AeroVironment said that it intends to release an unmanned vertical takeoff and landing system in the next three or four years (Full story)

Unmanned Systems companies AAI and AME form alliance

Unmanned Systems companies AAI and AME form alliance

Source: AAI, 22-Aug-11

AME Unmanned Systems, a Chandler/May, Inc. company, and AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that the two companies have entered into a strategic alliance agreement regarding unmanned systems development. “AAI and Chandler/May have enjoyed a long, successful working relationship for several years,” [...]

Aerovel’s Flexrotor UAV demonstrates transition between hover and wing-borne cruise

Aerovel’s Flexrotor UAV demonstrates transition between hover and wing-borne cruise

Source: Aerovel, 22-Aug-11

On Friday Aerovel’s Flexrotor demonstrated transition between hover and wing-borne cruise, capabilities which allow it to combine VTOL with range of more than 3000 km and endurance exceeding a day and a half.  Aerovel’s president, Tad McGeer, explains that “transition requires a climb, pitch-over, dive, and zoom, so we entered the new regime with a [...]

Lockheed Martin awarded up to $47M to develop Unmanned Autonomous Technologies

Lockheed Martin awarded up to $47M to develop Unmanned Autonomous Technologies

Source: Lockheed Martin, 22-Aug-11

The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a $47 million contract to develop, demonstrate and deliver autonomous technologies for unmanned air systems in support of in-theater unmanned cargo resupply missions. Under the contract, Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace (NASDAQ GS: KAMN) will demonstrate intelligent autonomous technologies for unmanned aerial systems using the K-MAX helicopter platform. The Army’s [...]

Northrop Grumman Fire Scout completes successful at-sea deployment

Northrop Grumman Fire Scout completes successful at-sea deployment

Source: Northrop Grumman, 21-Aug-11

The Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC)-built MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff Unmanned Aerial Vehicle was credited with providing critical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) support to special operations forces and U.S. Navy anti-piracy actions during the system’s second at-sea deployment. Two Fire Scout air vehicles were deployed aboard the USS Halyburton (FFG 40) at the beginning of [...]

Teal Group forecasts World UAV systems market to nearly double by 2020

Teal Group forecasts World UAV systems market to nearly double by 2020

Source: Teal Group, 21-Aug-11

Teal Group Director, Corporate Analysis Philip Finnegan, will present this and other Teal Group UAV market findings, during the panel discussion on “Emerging Market Trends According to the Experts” taking place Friday morning, 10:30 AM to 12 Noon, 19 August, at the Walter Washington Convention Center. Other experts joining Mr. Finnegan on the “Emerging Market [...]

Boeing demonstrates ‘swarm’ reconnaissance with UAVs

Boeing demonstrates ‘swarm’ reconnaissance with UAVs

Source: Boeing, 21-Aug-11

Boeing announced the successful autonomous communications and operation of dissimilar unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in flight tests over the rugged terrain of eastern Oregon. The July 7-10 mission used two ScanEagles manufactured by Boeing subsidiary Insitu and one Procerus Unicorn from The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL). The UAVs communicated using a Mobile [...]

Insitu introduces Inceptor UAV

Insitu introduces Inceptor UAV

Source: Insitu, 19-Aug-11

Insitu Inc. announced that it has introduced the Inceptor small unmanned aircraft system (UAS), which will provide the public safety market with real-time video and stable, The short-range tactical rotorcraft system can be available when first responders need it. Inceptor’s compact size fits in the trunk of a car and is easy to launch and [...]