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FAA approves Grand Forks County Sheriff to use Draganflyer X6 UAS

FAA approves Grand Forks County Sheriff to use Draganflyer X6 UAS

On November 27, 2012 the Federal Aviation Administration issued the Grand Forks County (North Dakota) Sheriff’s Department a Certificate of Authorization (COA) permitting the operation of a Draganflyer X6 small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) within the 16 counties located in northeastern North Dakota. The counties include: Grand Forks, Rolette, Towner, Cavalier, Pembina, Pierce, Benson, Ramsey,… Read more »

Source: Grand Forks County, 11-Dec-12

US Army Black Hawk flies autonomously over California

US Army Black Hawk flies autonomously over California

Over the skies east of San Jose, a Black Hawk helicopter was seen flying low and slow Nov. 5. There were pilots aboard the aircraft, but all maneuvers during this flight were being conducted autonomously. The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s Aviation and Missile Center successfully demonstrated low-level autonomous behaviors in a flight… Read more »

Source: US Army, 06-Dec-12

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AeroVironment invests in CybAero to gain US/NATO selling rights

AeroVironment invests in CybAero to gain US/NATO selling rights

AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) today announced it has entered into a strategic relationship with Sweden-based CybAero AB (NASDAQOMXS: CBA) to develop and distribute a Tier II vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) unmanned aircraft system in response to unmet requirements from multiple customers. The relationship gives AeroVironment exclusive rights to provide CybAero AB systems to United… Read more »

Source: AeroVironment, 04-Dec-12

Seattle police UAV plan hits severe turbulence

Seattle police UAV plan hits severe turbulence

The two Draganflyer X6 remote-controlled miniature helicopters purchased by Seattle have so far been mostly grounded, restricted to training and demonstration flights.  Each is equipped to carry video, still and night-vision cameras. (see full story)

Source: Reuters, 28-Nov-12

Dept Homeland Security issues UAV impact assessment report

Dept Homeland Security issues UAV impact assessment report

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Science &Technology (S&T) Directorate and the State of Oklahoma are partnering on the Robotic Aircraft for Public Safety (RAPS) project to test and evaluate Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) for potential use by the first responder community and DHS operational components. SUAS include small aircraft (typically under 55 pounds… Read more »

Source: Dept of Homeland Security, 27-Nov-12

Kaman closes on new $500M five-year credit facility

Kaman closes on new $500M five-year credit facility

Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN) announced that today it has closed on a new five-year $500 million credit facility replacing its prior $317.5 million credit facility. The facility includes a collateralized security agreement and carries a standard financial covenant package, which the company believes reflects current market terms and conditions. The facility consists of a $400 million revolving credit… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 21-Nov-12

Aermatica cleared to test UAV in non-segregated airspace

Aermatica cleared to test UAV in non-segregated airspace

ENEL, the main Italian electric utility and one of the most important in the world, started a study concerning remote monitoring of its own power plants through small RPA. The possibility to satisfy those needs is only partially matter of mere technology; on the contrary starting of use of small RPA in professional industrial contexts… Read more »

Source: Aermatica, 12-Nov-12

New single-seat electric coaxial helicopter concept in Japan

New single-seat electric coaxial helicopter concept in Japan

Radio-controlled helicopter manufacturer Hirobo has developed a new full-size helicopter, the Hirobo Bit.  Shown at the recent Japan Aerospace show, the all-composite helicopter was shown, although no videos are known to exist of the aircraft in flight.  With an electric engine and coaxial rotor system, Hirobo expect this to be a very quiet helicopter, although… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Nov-12

HAI and industry urge continued NAS-UAS integration

HAI and industry urge continued NAS-UAS integration

HAI President Matt Zuccaro and 19 other aviation industry leaders have sent a letter to Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta on behalf of their associations, urging the FAA to continue to press forward with the integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the U.S. National Airspace System (NAS). “… As a goal, the FAA should ensure that… Read more »

Source: HAI, 09-Nov-12

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 8, 2013 to shareholders of record on December 24, 2012. The payment, when made, will mark forty-three consecutive years of dividend payments by Kaman. Kaman Corporation, founded in 1945 by… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 08-Nov-12

First UAV demo for ADS-B fully autonomous collision avoidance

First UAV demo for ADS-B fully autonomous collision avoidance

R³ Engineering LLC (R³E) announces the first ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast) based, fully autonomous collision avoidance sequence, executed by a sense and avoid system installed on an unmanned aircraft system (UAS).  On Friday August 10th, 2012, an AWSAS™ (R³E’s All Weather Sense and Avoid System) installed on a research UAS, with no external command or control… Read more »

Source: R³ Engineering, 05-Nov-12

China’s largest unmanned helicopter goes into service

China’s largest unmanned helicopter goes into service

China’s largest locally-built unmanned helicopter is now in service in Shandong province, authorities said on Thursday. The mid-sized helicopter has passed all required flight tests and is fully operational, reported Xinhua. The helicopter, with some marked design similarities to the Brantly B2 of the 1950s, has an available load of 80kg, maximum speed of 161kmh… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Nov-12

Hurricane Sandy postpones Kaman Q3 results

Hurricane Sandy postpones Kaman Q3 results

Kaman Corp. (NYSE:KAMN) announced today that it will postpone the release of its third quarter 2012 results. The new release date will be after the stock market closes on Wednesday, October 31, 2012. Management will host a webcast and conference call to discuss the results at 8:30 am ET on Thursday, November 1, 2012. “The… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 30-Oct-12

European Helicopter Show 2013 dates announced

European Helicopter Show 2013 dates announced

The dates are now confirmed for European Helicopter Show 2013. The event will take place at Hradec Králové in Czech Republic during 9th – 11th of May 2013. This new helicopter event in Czech Republic, 9th -11th May 2013, is already attracting a positive reaction within the helicopter industry, with major manufacturers including Bell Europe… Read more »

Source: European Helicopter Show, 12-Oct-12

Scion UAS wins military contract for unmanned helicopters

Scion UAS wins military contract for unmanned helicopters

Scion UAS must deliver one such helicopter to the Naval Research Laboratory within six months, another three months later, with an option for a third, according to Scion co-founder Jim Sampson. (see full story)

11-Oct-12

Smartphones to Steer Unmanned Rotorcraft on the Battlefield

Smartphones to Steer Unmanned Rotorcraft on the Battlefield

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) awarded contracts to Lockheed Martin and Aurora Flight Sciences on Sept. 28 to develop robotic rotorcraft capable of supporting rapid autonomous aerial cargo delivery to the battlefield. ONR is initially providing $28 million to the industry-led teams to develop prototype concepts in the Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS)… Read more »

Source: Office of Naval Research, 08-Oct-12

Northrop Grumman awarded $24M delivery order for MQ-8B parts

Northrop Grumman awarded $24M delivery order for MQ-8B parts

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $24,476,978 firm-fixed-price delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-10-G-0003) for spare parts and supplies in support of the MQ-8B vertical take-off and landing tactical unmanned air vehicle.  Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif. (36 percent), Horseheads, N.Y. (30 percent);… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 07-Oct-12

Draganflyer ‘ES’ unmanned helicopter assists Fire and Police services

Draganflyer ‘ES’ unmanned helicopter assists Fire and Police services

The Draganflyer ES (Emergency Services) unmanned aircraft line provides two models, a six rotor Draganflyer X6-ES helicopter and a new larger version with four rotors, the Draganflyer X4-ES helicopter. The X6-ES and X4-ES are models exclusively sold to Public Safety Agencies. Used to obtain video from an aerial vantage point, these unmanned aircraft feature a digital wireless video… Read more »

Source: Draganflyer, 30-Sep-12

Northrop Grumman awarded $28M MQ-8B Fire Scout support contract

Northrop Grumman awarded $28M MQ-8B Fire Scout support contract

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $28,126,043 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for software sustainment, non-recurring engineering support and obsolescence efforts including future growth software development for the vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicle Fire Scout MQ-8B.  Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif. (90 percent), and Patuxent River Naval Air… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 28-Sep-12

ISR Group and Vanguard Defense sign for ShadowHawk UAS ops

ISR Group and Vanguard Defense sign for ShadowHawk UAS ops

ISR Group, Inc. and Vanguard Defense Industries, Inc., leaders in unmanned systems technologies, have signed an exclusive agreement for ISR Group to perform flight operations, operator training, and maintenance services in support of Vanguard Defense’s Shadowhawk unmanned aircraft system platform. This agreement will provide unmanned vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) systems to support U.S. and… Read more »

Source: ISR Group, 23-Sep-12

US Police groups urge limit on UAVs

US Police groups urge limit on UAVs

Faced with a skeptical public uneasy about the potential impact of drones on personal privacy, three leading law enforcement groups on Friday endorsed industry-backed guidelines limiting the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).  (see full story)

Source: Washington Times, 03-Sep-12

FAA delays plans for UAS test sites

FAA delays plans for UAS test sites

The Federal Aviation Administration’s 12 Aug. deadline for establishing six nationwide UAS test sites came and went with no announcement. The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 mandated those sites as part of the establishment of that pilot program to integrate UAS into the National Airspace System by 2015. In response, AUVSI President and… Read more »

Source: AUVSI, 29-Aug-12

RCMP adds two unmanned mini-UAVs in Manitoba

RCMP adds two unmanned mini-UAVs in Manitoba

The two Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) units will be used taking aerial photos and videos of motor vehicle collision scenes and crime scenes. (see full story)

Source: CBC, 28-Aug-12

Cubic to Provide Smaller, Lighter Digital Data Link for MQ-8C Fire Scout

Cubic to Provide Smaller, Lighter Digital Data Link for MQ-8C Fire Scout

Cubic Defense Applications (NYSE: CUB), a defense systems business of Cubic Corporation, received a $3.7 million contract from Northrop Grumman Corporation to produce a new multiband digital data link system for the MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter. The data link uses smaller and lighter components to do the mission-critical job of transferring full-motion video and… Read more »

Source: Cubic, 28-Aug-12

AUVSI applauds Police Chiefs for adopting Unmanned aircraft guidelines

AUVSI applauds Police Chiefs for adopting Unmanned aircraft guidelines

AUVSI applauded the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) for adopting guidelines for the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The guidelines provide law enforcement agencies an outline of how to use UAS safely and responsibly, and with respect to individuals’ privacy. The adoption of the IACP guidelines follows the recent adoption of AUVSI’s… Read more »

Source: AUVSI, 20-Aug-12

Boeing demonstrates autonomous ship-based capability of Unmanned Little Bird

Boeing demonstrates autonomous ship-based capability of Unmanned Little Bird

The Boeing [NYSE: BA] Unmanned Little Bird H-6U successfully performed 14 autonomous takeoffs and landings from a ship during flight tests in July, a significant milestone for a medium-size vertical-takeoff-and-landing unmanned airborne system (UAS). For the tests, conducted from a private ship off the coast of Florida, Boeing integrated a commercial-off-the-shelf takeoff-and-landing system with Unmanned… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 14-Aug-12

Summit Aviation wins Fire Scout contract

Summit Aviation wins Fire Scout contract

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, announced they have been selected by Northrop Grumman to build Faraday Cages for their Fire Scout program. Summit Aviation will be responsible for procuring material and tooling, preparing manufacturing planning and quality documentations as well as performing the final assembly. The Faraday Cage is a subassembly that is installed… Read more »

Source: Summit Aviation, 13-Aug-12

Unmanned drone identifies precise positioning of fire ignition source

Unmanned drone identifies precise positioning of fire ignition source

Recently, a fire drill was performed by researchers at Shenyang Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences (SIA), simulating fire scenes in high-rise buildings and around the city. During the exercise, the rotorcraft flying robot system for fire scene monitoring and emergency treatment developed by SIA realized precise positioning of ignition source and fire scene… Read more »

Source: Chinese Academy of Sciences, 07-Aug-12

AUVSI Announces Newly Elected Board of Directors

AUVSI Announces Newly Elected Board of Directors

AUVSI announces its newly elected leaders on its Board of Directors. Officers elected for the 2012-2013 term are Peter Bale, chairman; John Lademan, executive vice chairman; Ralph Alderson, first vice chairman and Joe Brannan, treasurer. Additionally, John Lambert continues as immediate past chairman for this term. Newly elected to the AUVSI Board of Directors: Jason… Read more »

Source: AUVSI, 06-Aug-12

USMC extend unmanned K-Max in-theatre deployment again

USMC extend unmanned K-Max in-theatre deployment again

For the second time this year, the U.S. Marine Corps has approved the deployment extension of K-MAX Cargo UAS, the first unmanned helicopter to deliver cargo and resupply troops in a combat zone. By supplying forward operating bases with K-MAX instead of ground convoy or manned aircraft, the Marine Corps has reduced the threat posed… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 01-Aug-12

Marines find K-Max cargo unmanned aerial system ‘reliable’

Marines find K-Max cargo unmanned aerial system ‘reliable’

It takes the right elements to create a life-saving capability for the combat zone, as discovered after the first cargo resupply unmanned aerial system, or CRUAS, deployment made aviation history. NAVAIR, the Marine Corps and industry partners found the right mix when they integrated a video game controller, rugged laptop and a KMAX K-2000 commercial,… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 31-Jul-12

AUVSI Releases “Code of Conduct” for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations

AUVSI Releases “Code of Conduct” for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations

AUVSI published the “Unmanned Aircraft System Operations Industry Code of Conduct” www.auvsi.org/conduct, a set of guidelines to provide AUVSI members – and those who design, test and operate UAS for public and civil use – with recommendations for their safe, non-intrusive operation. Central to the “Code of Conduct” is the need for “safety, professionalism and respect”… Read more »

Source: AUVSI, 31-Jul-12

UK looks again at rotary-wing UAS demonstration

UK looks again at rotary-wing UAS demonstration

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has rekindled a maritime vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned air system (UAS) concept demonstration (see full story)

Source: Janes, 30-Jul-12

RCMP Using Draganflyer RC Helicopter UAV to aid Traffic Investigations

RCMP Using Draganflyer RC Helicopter UAV to aid Traffic Investigations

The Canadian Press recently published an article outlining how the RCMP is using the Draganflyer UAV helicopters to aid in their police investigations. As Jim Bronskill for the Canadian Press reports, the RCMP is eyeing the creation of a national fleet of small, drone like helicopters. The plan is to have the helicopter drones fitted… Read more »

Source: Draganflyer, 19-Jul-12

Northrop Grumman, AUVSI Partner to Develop Unmanned Systems Engineers

Northrop Grumman, AUVSI Partner to Develop Unmanned Systems Engineers

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has taken on the prime sponsorship of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) student competitions for 2012. The competitions give high school and college students worldwide the chance to design, develop and operate unmanned systems for sea, land and air. The students receive a hands-on learning experience on how… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 17-Jul-12

Northrop Grumman, US Navy establish Fire Scout Training Center in Florida

Northrop Grumman, US Navy establish Fire Scout Training Center in Florida

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has established a new training facility for Fire Scout unmanned helicopter operators that offers improved flight simulators, hands-on aircraft maintenance and classroom instruction. Opened July 10 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., the Fire Scout Training Center will meet increasing demands for trained operators as the system is used more during… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 16-Jul-12

Olaeris unveils VTOL UAS for Fire, Police and Rescue Agencies

Olaeris unveils VTOL UAS for Fire, Police and Rescue Agencies

Olaeris, Inc. today unveiled a new VTOL Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) named AEVA™ that has been specifically developed for domestic emergency responders including fire, police and rescue workers. It is designed to be a first response aerial vehicle that arrives at 911 emergencies before ground personnel to enhance safety and multiply manpower. Unlike drones, AEVA™ uses robotic intelligence to… Read more »

Source: Olaeris, 26-Jun-12

Boeing to move unmanned helicopter tests out of Victorville

Boeing to move unmanned helicopter tests out of Victorville

After 17 years at Southern California Logistics Airport, Boeing will soon move its A160T Hummingbird flight test program to Arizona (see full story)

Source: Victorville Daily Press, 15-Jun-12

408 Tac Hel Sqn helps Air Cadets prepare for UAV competition

408 Tac Hel Sqn helps Air Cadets prepare for UAV competition

Members of 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, based in Edmonton, Alta., but under the command of 1 Wing Kingston, Ont., are helping a group of young Air Cadets from Edmonton prepare for a prestigious youth aerospace competition in England in July. Sergeant Mike Scott and Corporal Moe Woodworth are applying the expertise they gained in Afghanistan… Read more »

Source: Royal Canadian Air Force, 04-Jun-12

A first for K-Max – cargo hooked on while in unmanned flight

A first for K-Max – cargo hooked on while in unmanned flight

Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 2, the “Night Owls,” made history earlier this week when they completed the first “hot hook-ups” between landing support Marines on the ground and a hovering Kaman K1200 “K-MAX” unmanned helicopter in Helmand province, Afghanistan, May 22. In the nearly 20 years of its commercial and military use, no organization… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 01-Jun-12

It’s Getting Easier to Fly Drones in the U.S.

It’s Getting Easier to Fly Drones in the U.S.

The FAA recently streamlined the application process to make it faster and easier for public institutions to get drone permits. It also aims to allow civilians and companies to put bots in the air by 2014, once the FAA figures out how to safely integrate drones into the domestic airspace. (see full story)

Source: PBS, 01-Jun-12

NATO/ISAF comment on changes brought by unmanned K-Max operations

NATO/ISAF comment on changes brought by unmanned K-Max operations

Improvised explosive devices have changed the way the Marine Corps engages hostile forces. The need has risen for supplies to reach the most remote parts of Afghanistan quickly, reliably and safely. Late last year, the Corps began experimenting with the K-MAX – an unmanned helicopter, able to transport large amounts of cargo and reduce the… Read more »

Source: ISAF, 21-May-12

Afghanistan – Two unmanned K-Max deliver 1,000,000 pounds of cargo in four months

Afghanistan – Two unmanned K-Max deliver 1,000,000 pounds of cargo in four months

Two unmanned K-MAX helicopters have delivered more than one million pounds in less than four months in support of the U.S. Marine Corps in Afghanistan and will remain in theater until September on a deployment extension. The aircraft, a joint effort by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Kaman Aerospace (NYSE: KAMN), is the first unmanned helicopter to deliver cargo… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 17-May-12

Draganflyer launches X4-P multi-rotor UAV

Draganflyer launches X4-P multi-rotor UAV

We are proud to announce the release of our new compact, economical Draganflyer X4-P multi-rotor VTOL UAV. The Draganflyer X4-P is the newest model in our series of ingenious flying machines. Devised for commercial/industrial aerial videography and photography, the X4-P is safe, stable, and the all-around best solution for steady, low-altitude photos and video. Based on the… Read more »

Source: Draganflyer, 16-May-12

AeroVironment creates new COO role – and promotes from within

AeroVironment creates new COO role – and promotes from within

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… Read more »

Source: AeroVironment, 09-May-12

Northrop Grumman awarded $25M contract for three Fire Scouts

Northrop Grumman awarded $25M contract for three Fire Scouts

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…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 09-May-12

SESAR launches study on Unmanned Aircraft

SESAR launches study on Unmanned Aircraft

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… Read more »

Source: SESAR, 08-May-12

Draganflyer to show UAVs at ICAP police conference

Draganflyer to show UAVs at ICAP police conference

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… Read more »

Source: Draganflyer, 02-May-12

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

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

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… Read more »

Source: ManTech, 01-May-12

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

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… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 30-Apr-12

Indra flies unmanned Pelicano in Segovia

Indra flies unmanned Pelicano in Segovia

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… Read more »

Source: Indra, 30-Apr-12

Seattle Police evaluates UAV

Seattle Police evaluates UAV

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… Read more »

Source: Seattle Police, 30-Apr-12

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

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… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 25-Apr-12

FAA releases lists of drone certificates—Many questions unanswered

FAA releases lists of drone certificates—Many questions unanswered

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)

Source: EFF, 21-Apr-12

Schiebel flies Camcopter with broadcast-quality camera

Schiebel flies Camcopter with broadcast-quality camera

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… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 16-Apr-12

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

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

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… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 11-Apr-12

Bell and AAI combine resources for manned/unmanned development

Bell and AAI combine resources for manned/unmanned development

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… Read more »

Source: Bell, 10-Apr-12

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

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

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… Read more »

Source: US Navy ONR, 10-Apr-12

06-Apr-12 MQ-8B northern Afghanistan

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

06-Apr-12

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

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… Read more »

30-Mar-12

GE Aviation wins position on Northrop Grumman Fire Scout program

GE Aviation wins position on Northrop Grumman Fire Scout program

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… Read more »

Source: GE Aviation, 16-Mar-12

CybAero AB to support UV India 2012

CybAero AB to support UV India 2012

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… Read more »

Source: Shephard media, 14-Mar-12

Maiden flight of Camcopter S-100 with heavy fuel engine

Maiden flight of Camcopter S-100 with heavy fuel engine

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… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 13-Mar-12

FAA Asks for Public Input on UAS Test Site Selection

FAA Asks for Public Input on UAS Test Site Selection

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… Read more »

Source: FAA, 07-Mar-12

Mini-UAV crashes during police test near Houston

Mini-UAV crashes during police test near Houston

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)

Source: Examiner, 06-Mar-12

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

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

 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… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 09-Feb-12

Apache project office demos National Airspace Trainer

Apache project office demos National Airspace Trainer

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… Read more »

Source: Program Executive Office, 05-Feb-12

Kaman announces date for Q4 and full-year 2011 earnings

Kaman announces date for Q4 and full-year 2011 earnings

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… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 04-Feb-12

Pulse Aerospace unveils PA-01 Vapor unmanned helicopter

Pulse Aerospace unveils PA-01 Vapor unmanned helicopter

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… Read more »

Source: Pulse Aerospace, 30-Jan-12

LAPD warns California realtors against use of photography drones

LAPD warns California realtors against use of photography drones

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,… Read more »

Source: CAR, 25-Jan-12

USS Simpson and Fire Scout set sail for Africa

USS Simpson and Fire Scout set sail for Africa

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… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 20-Jan-12

ND UAV airspace plan raises questions and concerns

ND UAV airspace plan raises questions and concerns

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… Read more »

Source: AOPA, 18-Jan-12

First UAV contest to be held in Armenia

First UAV contest to be held in Armenia

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… Read more »

Source: UITE, 16-Jan-12

Civil liberties group sues FAA over drone surveillance

Civil liberties group sues FAA over drone surveillance

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… Read more »

Source: HAI, 13-Jan-12

CybAero performs UAV missions in the Arctic Ocean

CybAero performs UAV missions in the Arctic Ocean

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… Read more »

Source: CybAero, 06-Jan-12