Unmanned Systems
Unmanned Air Vehicles/Systems (UAV/UAS)

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Propulsion

Hermeus Rolls Out First Quarterhorse Hypersonic Test Aircraft

Hermeus has unveiled its first aircraft — Quarterhorse Mk 1 — which will take flight later this year.

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Unmanned Systems

Advances in Multi-UAV Operations

As technology matures and operational concepts evolve, MUM-T missions, synchronized flights, and the corresponding required advances in UAV flight control systems will undoubtedly become cornerstones of modern military strategies.

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RF & Microwave Electronics

RF-Cyber for Counter-UAS

Enabling the emerging associated drone-powered economy will require a new generation of counter-drone or counter-unmanned aircraft systems (CUAS) to support the growth of safe and secure drone adoption.

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Unmanned Systems

Counter Unmanned Aircraft System

Looking ahead to the future, the threat of adversarial drones will only increase. Drones don’t necessarily recognize geographical borders or boundaries, and to protect service members and citizens from these impending challenges, the U.S. and its allies must look to CUAS technologies and scale effectively throughout their militaries and relevant civilian agencies.

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Application Briefs
RF & Microwave Electronics

MQ-25 Vehicle Management Computer Upgrade

The MQ-25 is the Navy’s carrier-based unmanned aircraft that is tasked with performing aerial refueling missions that were previously managed by F/A-18 aircraft. The next generation vehicle management computer controls all flight surfaces and performs overall vehicle management duties for the MQ-25.

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Unmanned Systems

One Person Can Supervise a Swarm of 100 Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles

Research involving Oregon State University has shown that a “swarm” of more than 100 autonomous ground and aerial robots can be supervised by one person without subjecting the individual to an undue workload.

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Are European Cities Ready for Drones and U-Space?

The City of Hamburg has been developing urban air mobility (UAM) as a strategic policy since 2017. Its strategy has been a step-by-step implementation of UAM, with an initial focus on...

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Q&A
Electronics & Computers

Q&A: Owl AI Making Better ADAS Systems with Help from Drones

Owl AI has steadily been improving the SWaP-C (Size, Weight, Power and Cost) of the electronics in its thermal camera sensors while also improving capability. The company’s...

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Aerospace

XQ-67A's First Flight Shows 'Genus' Approach to Aircraft Design

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) completed the first flight of the XQ-67A last week at the General Atomics Gray Butte Flight Operations Facility near Palmdale,...

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Unmanned Systems

New UK Drone Strategy to Invest Billions in Unmanned Systems

The U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD) published a new 12-page defense drone strategy last week that will see the agency invest £4.5 billion into the purchase of new unmanned...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Army Ends Future Attack and Reconnaissance Helicopter Development Program

The U.S. Army announced in a Feb. 8 statement that it will end development of the Future Attack and Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) when prototyping activities are...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

BAE Systems Acquires Developer of Electric Heavy Lift Quadcopters

BAE Systems has acquired Malloy Aeronautics, a U.K.-based company that makes heavy lift drones capable of delivering rapid response aid and equipment over buildings,...

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Application Briefs
Defense

Next Generation Air and Missile Defense Radar

Raytheon recently completed another successful live-fire demonstration of the advanced, 360-degree Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor (LTAMDS).

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Unmanned Systems

New Method to Measure Wind Speed Could Unlock Drones’ Potential

Dr. Marc Compere, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus, recently described a new approach to measuring wind effects.

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Defense

New Mobile Rocket-Launching System to Support Counter UAS Operations in Ukraine

The U.S. Navy will complete the delivery of a new rocket-launching counter unmanned aircraft system (CUAS) weapon system to Ukraine this month. The new...

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Aerospace

Assessment of Noncommercial Icing Prediction Capabilities for Army Applications

Historically, smaller Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), such as Class 2 RQ-1B Raven and Class 3 RQ-7Bv2 Shadow, have been restricted to not be approved to fly in icing conditions under the assumption that any ice accretion would cause an unacceptable risk of loss of the aircraft.

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Design

Nuclear-Powered Drone Destined for Titan Enters Final Design Phase

NASA’s Dragonfly mission team is moving on to the next stage of development on the revolutionary, car-sized nuclear-powered drone it plans to fly over and land on the...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

REMA Program to Create 'Autonomy Adapter' for Commercial Drones Used in Combat Operations

Commercial drone technology is advancing rapidly, providing cost-effective and robust capabilities for a variety of civil and military missions. As...

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Articles
Unmanned Systems

DoD to Deploy Thousands of Low Cost Autonomous Systems Under Replicator Program

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks outlined the agency’s new “Replicator” initiative. Under the new Replicator initiative, over the next 18 to 24 months, the Defense Department will deploy thousands of low cost autonomous systems across multiple domains.

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Unmanned Systems

A Simpler Method for Learning to Control a Robot

Researchers from MIT and Stanford University have devised a new machine-learning approach that could be used to control a robot, such as a drone or autonomous vehicle, more effectively and efficiently in dynamic environments where conditions can change rapidly.

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Unmanned Systems

AI Algorithms Fly Valkyrie XQ-58A

Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) engineers and researchers used artificial intelligence (AI) agents or algorithms to fly an unmanned XQ-58A Valkyrie aircraft on a three-hour sortie during a July 25 demonstration at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

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Aerospace

Mobile Counter Unmanned Aircraft System

Teledyne FLIR Defense has signed a contract with Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, Norway to provide its Cerberus XL mobile counter-unmanned aerial system as part of a total C-UAS solution for Ukraine.

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Aerospace

Texas A&M Researchers Developing Algorithm to Automate Aircraft Ship Landings

Landing a helicopter on a ship’s flight deck is one of the most challenging and complex maneuvers demanded of a Navy pilot. Unlike a runway, the landing area...

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Manned Systems

EASA Ready to Adopt Final Regulations for eVTOL Operations

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has proposed rules for safe operations of electric vertical take-off and Landing aircraft (eVTOL), paving the way for these...

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AR/AI

Osprey MK III Completes First Autonomous Flight

As part of Eglin Air Force Base's new Autonomy, Data, and AI Experimentation Proving Ground (ADAx) effort , the Osprey MK III unmanned aircraft system (UAS) recently completed its first...

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Aerospace

PHASA-35 Stratospheric Flight

British engineers have successfully completed a stratospheric flight trial of BAE Systems’ High Altitude Pseudo Satellite (HAPS) Uncrewed Aerial System (UAS) - PHASA-35.

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Application Briefs
Sensors/Data Acquisition

Multispectral Airborne Reconnaissance System

Collins Aerospace has announced the completion of flight testing for the MS-110 Multispectral Airborne Reconnaissance System to enter operational service.

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Unmanned Systems

Rosetta Echo Advanced Payloads (REAP) Pod

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) has completed a flight demonstration of the Rosetta Echo Advanced Payloads (REAP) pod on an MQ-9A remotely piloted aircraft (RPA).

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Aerospace

AI Algorithms Fly Uncrewed XQ-58A Valkyrie Drone for Three Hour Sortie

Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) engineers and researchers used artificial intelligence (AI) agents or algorithms to fly an unmanned XQ-58A Valkyrie aircraft on a...

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