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Helitech publishes Q&A with seminar speaker on RPAS developments in Europe

Helitech publishes Q&A with seminar speaker on RPAS developments in Europe

Helitech have published a Q&A with speaker Jos Stevens, Senior Scientist, National Aerospace Laboratory ahead of the Business and Strategy Conference at Amsterdam on Tuesday 14th October 1. The agenda tells us that your presentation will address whether UAVs are a threat to the rotorcraft sector or an opportunity. As you only have a short… Read more »

Source: Helitech, 24-Sep-14

Draganfly Innovations Unmanned Helicopter joins Smithsonian Museum

Draganfly Innovations Unmanned Helicopter joins Smithsonian Museum

On May 9th, 2013 at 00:20 hours the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) investigated a single roll-over accident in a rural area of Saskatchewan, Canada. Ground units and a manned helicopter searched for the seriously injured driver for two hours until the RCMP called in the Draganflyer X4-ES sUAS system equipped with a FLIR thermal… Read more »

Source: Draganfly, 13-Aug-14

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Medical Helicopter Crews Concerned About Drones

Medical Helicopter Crews Concerned About Drones

The crew of Carilion Clinic Life-Guard says there is concern in the air medical service community regarding the use of unmanned aircraft, commonly called drones, over accident scenes. “See Full Story“

Source: WSET, 08-Aug-14

Kaman announces Release Date for FY 2014 Q2 Earnings

Kaman announces Release Date for FY 2014 Q2 Earnings

Kaman Corp. (NYSE:KAMN) announced today that it will report its second quarter 2014 results after the stock market closes on Monday, August 4, 2014, and host a live webcast and conference call at 8:30am ET on Tuesday, August 5, 2014. The call will be accessible by telephone within the U.S. at (877) 703-6103 and from… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 17-Jul-14

AgustaWestland demonstrates Unmanned/Optionally-Piloted helicopter

AgustaWestland demonstrates Unmanned/Optionally-Piloted helicopter

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce the completion of a demonstration of its Rotorcraft Unmanned Aerial System / Optionally Piloted Helicopter (RUAS/OPH) to the Italian Ministry of Defence. The trials were conducted to evaluate modern remote controlled rotorcraft technology and its potential to provide enhanced capabilities for the Italian armed forces in the future. Under the… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 15-Jul-14

FAA Seeks Public Comment on Movie/TV UAS Exemptions

FAA Seeks Public Comment on Movie/TV UAS Exemptions

Recently, seven aerial photo and video production companies asked the FAA for regulatory exemptions that would allow the film and television industry to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) with FAA approval for the first time. Because these requests may set a precedent for future commercial UAS exemptions, the agency is asking the public to weigh… Read more »

Source: FAA, 11-Jul-14

2 Arrested After Drone Flies Close to NYPD helicopter

2 Arrested After Drone Flies Close to NYPD helicopter

Two men were arrested after a small drone flying near the George Washington Bridge came within 800 feet of a police helicopter, officials said on Tuesday.  See full story File photo

Source: NY Times, 10-Jul-14

Swedish CybAero lands order for unmanned helicopters worth SEK 700-800 million to China

Swedish CybAero lands order for unmanned helicopters worth SEK 700-800 million to China

First North-listed CybAero, which develops and sells unmanned helicopters, has received an order guarantee worth SEK 700-800 million through an eight-year framework agreement. The order has been placed by a company in the Chinese AVIC group, one of the world’s largest companies which develops and manufactures aircraft and various types of flying vehicles and has… Read more »

Source: CybAero, 03-Jul-14

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FAA will miss deadline to integrate drones in US skies

FAA will miss deadline to integrate drones in US skies

The FAA will miss Congress’ September 2015 deadline to allow drones to fly throughout US skies because of technical and regulatory obstacles that are unlikely to be resolved anytime soon, according to a government audit released Monday.  See full story

Source: Washington Post, 02-Jul-14

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Northrop Grumman awarded $8.4M extension to MQ-8B contract

Northrop Grumman awarded $8.4M extension to MQ-8B contract

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Integrated Systems Sector, San Diego, California, is being awarded an $8,465,734 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-12-C-0126) for the extension of engineering and software sustainment services in support of the Vertical Take-off and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Fire Scout MQ-8B. Work will be performed in San Diego, California,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Jun-14

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Georgia Tech and CNN to Explore Media Use of UAVs in US Airspace

Georgia Tech and CNN to Explore Media Use of UAVs in US Airspace

Beginning this summer, the Georgia Institute of Technology and CNN will embark on a joint research initiative to better understand the opportunities unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) present for media organizations, and to explore the access and safety issues that need to be addressed as part of any new regulatory framework. The project team will be… Read more »

Source: Georgia Tech, 26-Jun-14

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Rockwell Collins and NASA test integration of UAS into the national airspace

Rockwell Collins and NASA test integration of UAS into the national airspace

Rockwell Collins and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have scheduled risk reduction tests that will eventually enable unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to safely operate in the national airspace. “Routine integration of sizeable numbers of UAS into the national airspace system is a challenging task,” said Troy Brunk, vice president and general manager of… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 26-Jun-14

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Unmanned helicopter to use Ethernet router from Curtiss-Wright

Unmanned helicopter to use Ethernet router from Curtiss-Wright

Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions won a contract to supply its COTS-based rugged Ethernet Router technology for use on an unmanned helicopter. Under the agreement, Curtiss-Wright will deploy its Parvus DuraMAR 5915 router product, which will enable IP data routing onboard the rotorcraft. The estimated lifetime value of the contract is about $9 million. Shipments began in… Read more »

Source: Curtiss-Wright, 25-Jun-14

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Unmanned Aircraft to be banned in America’s National Parks

Unmanned Aircraft to be banned in America’s National Parks

National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today signed a policy memorandum that directs superintendents nationwide to prohibit launching, landing, or operating unmanned aircraft on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service. “We embrace many activities in national parks because they enhance visitor experiences with the iconic natural, historic and cultural landscapes in… Read more »

Source: National Park Service, 23-Jun-14

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FAA Announces Texas UAS Test Site Now Operational

FAA Announces Texas UAS Test Site Now Operational

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration today announced that the Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test site is ready to conduct research vital to integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. The site is the fourth of six to become operational. The FAA granted the Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi team a… Read more »

Source: FAA, 23-Jun-14

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MQ-8B Fire Scout successfully tested aboard ship with MH-60R

MQ-8B Fire Scout successfully tested aboard ship with MH-60R

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and the U.S. Navy successfully flew the unmanned MQ-8B Fire Scout simultaneously with the MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter for the first time. The capability demonstrates how a mix of aircraft can increase a ship commander’s intelligence-gathering capabilities aboard the Littoral Combat Ship. A video is available on YouTube here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOZDG7Uk_PY…. Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 12-Jun-14

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FAA Announces Nevada UAS Test Site Now Operational

FAA Announces Nevada UAS Test Site Now Operational

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration today announced that the State of Nevada’s unmanned aircraft systems test site is ready to conduct research vital to integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. Nevada is the third of six congressionally mandated test sites to become operational. “Nevada has been on the leading edge of aerospace… Read more »

Source: FAA, 10-Jun-14

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Ventura County Sheriff’s Department testing drones

Ventura County Sheriff’s Department testing drones

Ventura County Sheriff’s Department are testing a Qube drone from Aerovironment See full story

Source: NBC4, 08-Jun-14

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LAPD adds drones and says they’ll be used sparingly

LAPD adds drones and says they’ll be used sparingly

On Friday, the department announced that it had acquired two “unmanned aerial vehicles” as gifts from the Seattle Police Department.  See full story

Source: LA Times, 08-Jun-14

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Carnegie Mellon and Sikorsky cooperate on Unmanned Ground Vehicle for autonomous Black Hawk

Carnegie Mellon and Sikorsky cooperate on Unmanned Ground Vehicle for autonomous Black Hawk

Carnegie Mellon University has provided more information to the similar story Sikorsky released on 15th May – see Sikorsky and Carnegie Mellon partner to demo US Army autonomous UGV delivery Robot Team Will Autonomously Survey Sites for Radiation, Biological or Chemical Contamination Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) and Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. are working… Read more »

Source: Carnegie Mellon, 06-Jun-14

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Schiebel demos Camcopter S-100 maritime capabilities to Brazilian military

Schiebel demos Camcopter S-100 maritime capabilities to Brazilian military

Schiebel´s dedication to the maritime domain and its ability to respond to the evolving unmanned systems requirements lead to a series of trials for the Brazilian Navy from 2nd to 5th June near San Pedro, Brazil, from the Brazilian Amazonas Class Ship APA. Schiebel’s unmanned helicopter CAMCOPTER® S-100 convinced representatives of the Brazilian Navy and… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 06-Jun-14

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Seven Companies Petition to fly UAVs before Rulemaking is Complete

Seven Companies Petition to fly UAVs before Rulemaking is Complete

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration today announced that seven aerial photo and video production companies have asked for regulatory exemptions that would allow the film and television industry to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) with FAA approval for the first time. If the exemption requests are granted, there could be tangible economic… Read more »

Source: FAA, 03-Jun-14

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FAA to Establish UAS Center of Excellence

FAA to Establish UAS Center of Excellence

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today released a draft solicitation for a new FAA Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (COE) that is expected to become an integral part of the agency’s UAS research program on this emerging technology.  The solicitation will be open for comment through June 29.  The FAA expects the final… Read more »

Source: FAA, 03-Jun-14

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KaarbonTech wins UK CAA approval for first unmanned aerial survey in London airspace

KaarbonTech wins UK CAA approval for first unmanned aerial survey in London airspace

KaarbonTech has become the first company to receive a special permission from the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to fly a fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle within London airspace. The first flight, commissioned by The GeoInformation Group, took place over Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the home of the London 2012 Games. Flight plans, prepared by qualified… Read more »

Source: KaarbonTech, 30-May-14

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NYPD considering using drones

NYPD considering using drones

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said the unmanned machines equipped with cameras and tiny microphones could help spy on crime hotspots  See full story

Source: NY Daily News, 29-May-14

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Sikorsky and Carnegie Mellon partner to demo US Army autonomous UGV delivery

Sikorsky and Carnegie Mellon partner to demo US Army autonomous UGV delivery

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced it has won a significant demonstration project with the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) of Carnegie Mellon University to demonstrate an autonomous delivery of an Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) by an Optionally Piloted Black Hawk helicopter enabled with Matrix™ Technology. The UGV will subsequently execute a mission to investigate a… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 15-May-14

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Sikorsky to Develop Autonomous Black Hawk For Cargo Missions

Sikorsky to Develop Autonomous Black Hawk For Cargo Missions

Sikorsky Aircraft announced today from the AUVSI Unmanned Systems conference that it will develop its first product to feature Matrix™ Technology, by converting a retired UH-60A BLACK HAWK helicopter into an optionally piloted variant capable of a wide spectrum of missions. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). With the autonomous… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 14-May-14

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Reference Technologies announces Hummingbird® Line of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Reference Technologies announces Hummingbird® Line of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Today Reference Technologies announced the release of three models of its Hummingbird® line of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). “After two and a half years of development and testing, the Hummingbird aircraft will begin customer deliveries in Q3 of this year,” said Allen Bishop, founder and president. The Hummingbird incorporates a… Read more »

Source: Reference Technologies, 12-May-14

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Northrop Grumman and Yamaha to collaborate on Unmanned Helicopter System

Northrop Grumman and Yamaha to collaborate on Unmanned Helicopter System

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., have agreed to work together to develop and market an innovative small, unmanned autonomous helicopter system. Called the Rotary Bat (R-Bat), the new system merges a proven airframe produced by Yamaha, with the latest autonomous control and intelligence-gathering technologies for use in urban environments for… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 09-May-14

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MQ-8C Fire Scout to undergo Electromagnetic Interference Tests

MQ-8C Fire Scout to undergo Electromagnetic Interference Tests

In preparation for ship-board flights this spring, the Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC)-built MQ-8C Fire Scout will be tested for its ability to operate safely in the intense electromagnetic environment aboard U.S. Navy ships. The MQ-8C Fire Scout uses specially-designed cages, known as Faraday cages, to protect sensitive equipment on the aircraft from signal interference…. Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 07-May-14

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Lockheed Martin Marks Significant Milestone in R&D for Unmanned Technologies

Lockheed Martin Marks Significant Milestone in R&D for Unmanned Technologies

Three systems acquired by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] have progressed from their research and development phase to operational readiness. The Indago vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) quad-rotor, accompanied by its handheld ground control station (GCS) will offer a robust, mobile surveillance application. Additionally, a new Commercial Avionics Suite delivers the same performance and reliability that… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 05-May-14

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Tensions raised between FAA and drone journalists

Tensions raised between FAA and drone journalists

Moves by the FAA to limit or punish the use of drones by journalists could fun afoul of the First Amendment, which precludes the government from infringing on the freedom of the press.  See full story   File photo

Source: Mashable, 01-May-14

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Camcopter S-100 demonstrates maritime capability in Netherlands

Camcopter S-100 demonstrates maritime capability in Netherlands

The CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) successfully demonstrated its capability across several different maritime scenarios to Dutch Authorities in Den Helder, The Netherlands, on 29 April 2014. Consolidating its unmatched maritime position, the S-100 demonstrated its ability to support maritime commanders and decision makers in the North Sea, west of Den Helder. The North… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 30-Apr-14

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Science Channel to Feature K-MAX

Science Channel to Feature K-MAX

The K-MAX unmanned aircraft system has made a name for itself in Afghanistan, with more than 1,800 unmanned resupply missions flown and delivering over 4 million pounds of supplies to troops throughout the region since being deployed in 2011. This week, the K-MAX cargo-hauling copter will achieve a different type of milestone. K-MAX will make… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 30-Apr-14

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HAI President’s Message: “Pilots? We Don’t Need No Stinking Pilots”

HAI President’s Message: “Pilots? We Don’t Need No Stinking Pilots”

Haven’t you heard? Welcome to the world of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Pilots are no longer required, at least not on board the aircraft. No pilots? Is nothing sacred anymore? I remember my first flights as pilot in command in both a helicopter and an airplane. It was me and the aircraft against the laws… Read more »

Source: HAI, 29-Apr-14

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Global Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Market Report

Global Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Market Report

Research and Markets  has announced the addition of the “Global Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Market Report” report to their offering. The analysts forecast the Global Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) market to grow at a CAGR of 3.17 percent over the period 2012-2016. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increase in UAV launch…. Read more »

Source: Research and Markets, 23-Apr-14

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FAA Announces First UAS Test Site Operational

FAA Announces First UAS Test Site Operational

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that the first of six test sites chosen to perform unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research is operational more than two-and-a -half months ahead of the deadline specified for the program by Congress. The FAA today granted the North Dakota Department of Commerce team a… Read more »

Source: FAA, 21-Apr-14

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Spain – AESA reiterates ban on Unmanned Aircraft

Spain – AESA reiterates ban on Unmanned Aircraft

Spanish safety agency AESA (Agencia Estatal de Seguridad Aerea) has issued a notice in local language which clearly states that unmanned aircraft for civilian use are banned in Spanish airspace.  Military UAVs are exempt, but only in nominated segregated airspace. In particular, AESA notes “It is not permitted, and never has been, to use remotely-piloted commercial… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Apr-14

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New technology could autonomize rotary-wing landings

New technology could autonomize rotary-wing landings

Going beyond remote-controlled technology that currently exists for aircraft, the Office of Naval Research is spearheading the development of a new rotary-wing aircraft software and sensor system that would bring autonomous approaches and landings via manned or unmanned helicopters. According to ONR, the Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS) is designed to provide, “autonomous approaches and… Read more »

Source: USMC, 09-Apr-14

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FRCSE keeps Fire Scouts ready for crucial mission

FRCSE keeps Fire Scouts ready for crucial mission

Artisans at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) Detachment (DET) Mayport are diligently overhauling several MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Take-Off and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (VTUAV) to meet the deployment needs of the fleet. The U.S. Navy currently has an inventory of 23 Fire Scouts based at Webster Field Annex, Naval Air Station Patuxent River,… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 06-Apr-14

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MQ-8C Fire Scout reaches 100 flight hours

MQ-8C Fire Scout reaches 100 flight hours

US Navy has released a photo of an MQ-8C Fire Scout on runway after a test flight at Point Mugu, Calif., March 10. The unmanned helicopter surpassed 100 flight hours during this event and will continue to undergo testing at Point Mugu this year.  In July, the Navy will conduct dynamic interface testing with the MQ-8C aboard USS Jason Dunham (DDG… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 14-Mar-14

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New Zealand CAA investigate drone operator after video posted on YouTube

New Zealand CAA investigate drone operator after video posted on YouTube

Adam Crouchley, of Dori Media, is under Civil Aviation Authority investigation after Hamilton police received complaints that his 3 minutes and 20 second long video on YouTube broke the law, aparently due to night flying shots.  See full news story  See edited version of YouTube video.  See Adam Crouchley’s blog

Source: Waikoto TImes, 10-Mar-14

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FAA appeals after NTSB Administrative Law Judge drone decision

FAA appeals after NTSB Administrative Law Judge drone decision

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a notice on Friday appealing a decision by an NTSB Administrative Law Judge in the civil penalty case, Huerta v. Pirker.  They announced that “The FAA is appealing the decision of an NTSB Administrative Law Judge to the full National Transportation Safety Board, which has the effect of staying the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Mar-14

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McKenna Long & Aldridge launches UAS practice group

McKenna Long & Aldridge launches UAS practice group

Recognizing that the future of flight is changing, and in order better to service its growing Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) client base, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (MLA) announces the launch of its UAS Practice Group, an offering that is a natural extension of its long-standing representation of the aerospace industry.  For more than 55… Read more »

Source: McKenna Long & Aldridge, 10-Mar-14

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Green Hills Software chosen by Urban Aeronautics for AirMule UAV

Green Hills Software chosen by Urban Aeronautics for AirMule UAV

Green Hills Software, the largest independent vendor of embedded software solutions, has announced that the company’s INTEGRITY® real-time operating system (RTOS) and MULTI® integrated development environment (IDE) have been selected by Urban Aeronautics, Ltd. for the flight management system of the AirMule Unmanned Aerial System (UAS). Green Hills products are widely deployed in avionics systems and other equipment that… Read more »

Source: Green Hills Software, 04-Mar-14

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AeroVironment becomes shareholder in CybAero

AeroVironment becomes shareholder in CybAero

CybAero, which develops and markets unmanned helicopters, has a new partner. It is the American partner AeroVironment, AV, who has converted one of its two loans.  AeroVironment will thus acquire in CybAero of 8.5 percent, making them the largest shareholder in the company. The loan of 10 million, now converted into 1,062,699 shares were issued by… Read more »

Source: CybAero, 04-Mar-14

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Schiebel Camcopter deployed during Winter Olympics and Paralympics

Schiebel Camcopter deployed during Winter Olympics and Paralympics

During the entire Olympics Games – the XXII Winter Games and Paralympics – the CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS Unmanned Aircraft System (in cooperation with JSC Gorizont Russia: Gorizont Air S-100) is operating in Sochi. The CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS is surveilling the area within approx. 50 kilometres from the seaside around the Olympic village. Here again, the… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 03-Mar-14

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Sikorsky’s Matrix™ Technology Program Launches Phase 2 of Flight Test Activities

Sikorsky’s Matrix™ Technology Program Launches Phase 2 of Flight Test Activities

Sikorsky Aircraft’s Matrix™ Technology autonomy research program has progressed to the second phase of flight test activities with the installation of advanced sensors that will allow the Sikorsky Autonomy Research Aircraft (SARA) to conduct real-time perception work. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). SARA – an S-76® commercial helicopter outfitted with… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 26-Feb-14

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Kaman Board of Directors Declares Dividend

Kaman Board of Directors Declares Dividend

The Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN) board of directors today declared a regular quarterly dividend of 16 cents per common share. The dividend will be paid on April 3, 2014 to shareholders of record on March 18, 2014. About Kaman Corporation Kaman Corporation, founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman, and headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut conducts business… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 21-Feb-14

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Lockheed Martin Receives Contract For SMSS-K-MAX Cooperative Teaming Demo

Lockheed Martin Receives Contract For SMSS-K-MAX Cooperative Teaming Demo

Lockheed Martin LMT -0.03% received a contract from the U.S. Army Robotics Technology Consortium to conduct a fully autonomous reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition experiment using both its Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) unmanned ground vehicle and its K-MAX unmanned air vehicle. Contract terms are not being disclosed. In collaboration with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, Lockheed… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 20-Feb-14

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Market worth $114.7B by 2023

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Market worth $114.7B by 2023

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Market (2013 – 2018) and The Global UAV Market 2013-2023 research reports are now available with ReportsnReports.com and provide detailed analysis of the global UAV market over the next ten years, alongside potential market opportunities to enter the industry, using detailed market size forecasts. The report titled “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)… Read more »

Source: ReportsnReports, 14-Feb-14

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Second MQ-8C Fire Scout takes flight

Second MQ-8C Fire Scout takes flight

The second MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter conducts its first test flight Feb. 12 from Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu, Calif.  The first aircraft completed its initial flight in October 2013 and has flown 66 hours to date. The MQ-8C air vehicle upgrade will provide longer endurance, range and greater payload capability than the MQ-8B,… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 13-Feb-14

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Italian Navy contracts for Schiebel Camcopter S-100

Italian Navy contracts for Schiebel Camcopter S-100

The Italian Navy has selected the CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS (Unmanned Air System) to provide support for its fleet, making it the first European Navy that has S-100 in operational use. The CAMCOPTER® S-100 has already proven efficient to the Italian Navy as it was the first UAS ever to fly from an Italian ship, the… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 11-Feb-14

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Kaman announces release date for Q4 and Full Year 2013 Earnings

Kaman announces release date for Q4 and Full Year 2013 Earnings

Kaman Corp. (NYSE:KAMN) announced today that it will report its fourth quarter and full year 2013 results after the stock market closes on Thursday, February 27, 2014, and host a live webcast and conference call at 8:00am ET on Friday, February 28, 2014. The call will be accessible by telephone within the U.S. at (877)… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 09-Feb-14

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Selex ES Sage ESM system makes first flight on Schiebel Camcopter

Selex ES Sage ESM system makes first flight on Schiebel Camcopter

Schiebel and Selex ES, a Finmeccanica company, have successfully integrated and flown the SAGE electronic warfare system on an unmanned air system for the first time. On 12th December 2013 the system flew on-board a Schiebel CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS. SAGE is a digital Electronic Support Measure (ESM) and Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) system for Radio Frequency (RF) Intelligence, Surveillance and… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 31-Jan-14

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CV International awarded $15M contract for helicopter maintenance platforms

CV International awarded $15M contract for helicopter maintenance platforms

CV International, Inc.*, Bend, Ore., was awarded a $15,916,531 firm-fixed-price contract for a modernized maintenance platform for CH-47, UH-60, AH-64, and OH-58 helicopters and for Unmanned Aerial System aircraft.  Funding and work location will be determined with each order.  Estimated completion date is Jan. 27, 2019.  Bids were solicited via the Internet with four received…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 28-Jan-14

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Unmanned flying drones to help identify oil reserves

Unmanned flying drones to help identify oil reserves

Unmanned flying drones are being used to recover more of the oil reserves from the North Sea and beyond by studying geology from the sky. Academics at the University of Aberdeen, in collaboration with a group at the University of Bergen in Norway, are using remotely operated flying machines to scan rock formations in remote… Read more »

Source: University of Aberdeen, 15-Jan-14

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New Draganflyer Shadow and Guardian UAV Helicopters

New Draganflyer Shadow and Guardian UAV Helicopters

Today Draganfly Innovations releases two new multirotor helicopters, the Shadow and the Guardian. These quadrotor aircraft are built to carry high megapixel cameras and transmit the live video feed back to the operator. Both aircraft share the same frame, with the Guardian sporting more powerful motors and a larger battery, giving it a higher payload capacity. The Shadow… Read more »

Source: Draganfly, 15-Jan-14

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Piasecki and Dragonfly Pictures build tandem-rotor UAS

Piasecki and Dragonfly Pictures build tandem-rotor UAS

“The technology is out of Pandora’s box,” said Michael Piasecki, president and founder of Essington-based Dragonfly Pictures Inc. Working for the military, the Delaware County company has developed several UAVs.  See full story

Source: Philly.com, 01-Jan-14

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FAA names six Unmanned Aircraft Systems research and test sites

FAA names six Unmanned Aircraft Systems research and test sites

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced the selection of the six public entities that will develop unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research and test sites around the country. These congressionally-mandated test sites will conduct critical research into the certification and operational requirements necessary to safely integrate UAS into the national airspace over the next several… Read more »

Source: FAA, 01-Jan-14

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Northrop Grumman awarded $13.8M for support of MQ-8B and MQ-8C programs

Northrop Grumman awarded $13.8M for support of MQ-8B and MQ-8C programs

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Aerospace Systems, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $13,857,607 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for logistics services in support of the MQ-8B/C Fire Scout unmanned air vehicle.  This work will be performed in Patuxent River, Md. (70 percent), and Pt. Mugu, Calif. (30 percent), and is expected to be completed in November 2014…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 28-Nov-13

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Northrop Grumman delivers second MQ-8C Fire Scout to US Navy

Northrop Grumman delivers second MQ-8C Fire Scout to US Navy

 Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has delivered the second MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter to the U.S. Navy after completing final assembly at the company’s unmanned systems center in Moss Point, Miss. The aircraft is joining the first one delivered to Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Calif., to conduct flight testing before using the system… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 26-Nov-13

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China’s U8E unmanned helicopter makes debut at Dubai

China’s U8E unmanned helicopter makes debut at Dubai

China’s U8E-type unmanned helicopter wasshowcased on November 17, 2013 at the 13th Dubai Air Show – see full story

Source: People's Daily, 21-Nov-13

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Saab Skeldar UAS operationally deployed by the Spanish Navy

Saab Skeldar UAS operationally deployed by the Spanish Navy

Defence and security company Saab’s Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Skeldar is now operationally deployed on-board the offshore patrol vessel BAM Meteoro. Skedlar is supporting the Spanish Navy with surveillance capabilities while taking part in the EU Atalanta operation in the Gulf of Aden. Earlier this year Saab announced a contract to deploy the Skeldar Unmanned… Read more »

Source: Saab, 19-Nov-13

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Bell awarded $8.2M contract for three 407s for MQ-8C unmanned program

Bell awarded $8.2M contract for three 407s for MQ-8C unmanned program

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, is being awarded an $8,266,644 firm-fixed-price contract for the manufacturing and delivery of three Bell 407 analog helicopters in support of the endurance upgrade of the vertical take-off and landing tactical unmanned aerial vehicle MQ-8C Fire Scout. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (52 percent); Mirabel, Canada… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Nov-13

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Kaman Board of Directors Declares Dividend

Kaman Board of Directors Declares Dividend

The Kaman Corporation board of directors today declared a regular quarterly dividend of 16 cents per common share. The dividend will be paid on January 7, 2014 to shareholders of record on December 24, 2013. The payment, when made, will mark forty-four consecutive years of dividend payments by Kaman. About Kaman Corporation Kaman Corporation, founded… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 14-Nov-13

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UK – Police Service of Northern Ireland start using unmanned drones

UK – Police Service of Northern Ireland start using unmanned drones

A drone aircraft has been used in a security operation for the first time in Northern Ireland policing since the G8 summit. The PSNI confirmed that the technology was used to help public safety as a “small, viable device” was defused in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast. see full story

Source: Belfast Telegraph, 08-Nov-13

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FAA releases roadmap to UAS airspace integration

FAA releases roadmap to UAS airspace integration

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today released its first annual Roadmap outlining efforts needed to safely integrate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the nation’s airspace.  The Roadmap addresses current and future policies, regulations, technologies and procedures that will be required as demand moves the country from today’s limited accommodation of UAS… Read more »

Source: FAA, 07-Nov-13

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Kaman appoints new Vice President and Treasurer

Kaman appoints new Vice President and Treasurer

-Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN) today announced that Jairaj ‘JC’ Chetnani has been appointed to the position of Vice President and Treasurer, reporting to Robert Starr, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Chetnani succeeds Starr in the Treasurer position and joins Kaman from Quanex Building Products, a $1 billion building products manufacturer with multiple independently-run operating… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 07-Nov-13

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Northrop Grumman and US Navy Complete First Flight of MQ-8C Fire Scout

Northrop Grumman and US Navy Complete First Flight of MQ-8C Fire Scout

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and the U.S. Navy successfully completed the first flight of the next-generation MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Calif. At 12:05 p.m. the MQ-8C Fire Scout took off and flew for seven minutes in restricted airspace to validate the autonomous control systems. A second flight that took… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 01-Nov-13

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BBC starts to film using unmanned rotorcraft

BBC starts to film using unmanned rotorcraft

BBC believes their new kit will “transform the way TV news looks in the future.”.  See full story

Source: BBC, 30-Oct-13

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Kaman reports 2013 Q3 results

Kaman reports 2013 Q3 results

The Aerospace division report was as follows:- Sales were $150.7 million, a decrease of $0.6 million from sales of $151.3 million in the third quarter of 2012. Sales increased $26.3 million related to higher shipments of our JPF to foreign customers and the recognition of revenue under the SH-2G(I) contract with New Zealand. These increases… Read more »

29-Oct-13

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AHS announces 2nd Annual Micro Air Vehicle Student Challenge

AHS announces 2nd Annual Micro Air Vehicle Student Challenge

The AHS International is proud to announce that the guidelines for the 2nd Annual Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) Student Challenge have been officially released. Both university and secondary school students are invited to compete in building MAVs capable of manual or autonomous target search and acquisition. The final fly-off competition will be held in conjunction… Read more »

Source: AHS, 27-Oct-13

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Carnegie Mellon University awarded $7M for robotic rotorcraft research

Carnegie Mellon University awarded $7M for robotic rotorcraft research

Robotic rotorcraft for inspecting bridges and other infrastructure, tools for minimally invasive surgery that guide surgeons by creating 3D maps of internal organs and assistive robots for blind travelers are among seven new Carnegie Mellon University research projects sponsored through the National Robotics Initiative. The National Science Foundation announced it has awarded a total of more than… Read more »

Source: CMU, 24-Oct-13

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Eurocopter looks at unmanned options with AeroVironment

Eurocopter looks at unmanned options with AeroVironment

AeroVironment, Inc., (NASDAQ: AVAV) the world’s highest volume manufacturer of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), and Eurocopter, the leading global helicopter manufacturer, today announced at the Association of the United States Army annual meeting that they have signed a cooperative agreement to explore opportunities for expanding their respective military and commercial product portfolios. “The combination of… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 24-Oct-13

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