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Testing New Unmanned Aircraft Technologies

Unmanned aircraft, commonly referred to as “drones,” are one of the fastest growing areas of modern technology — whether we’re talking about the complex hunter/killer and...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Four Companies to Design Air Force Enterprise Test Drone Prototypes

The U.S. Air Force Armament Directorate (AFLCMC/EB) and the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) have partnered to identify and prototype commercial and dual-use technology...

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Energy

Testing the Engineering Limits for eVTOL Battery Power

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are taking cleaner transportation to the skies by creating and evaluating new batteries for airborne electric vehicles that take off and land vertically. Read on to learn more.

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Unmanned Systems

German Air Force Starts Flight Testing New Heron ISR Drone

The German Air Force has started a six month flight testing program with its new German Heron Turboprop (TP) drone, according to recent updates published by Airbus and the...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Air Force Researchers Design, Build and Fly Drone in 24 Hours

In an open area of the Eglin Air Force Base range known as B-70, a group of Air Force field grade officers and black-shirted innovators huddled together above an eight-pound...

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Aerospace

Chevron Waiver Unlocks New Era for BVLOS Commercial Drone Operations in US

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on May 8, 2024 issued a first-of-its kind exemption to Pennsylvania-based drone maker American Aerospace Technologies,...

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Aerospace

UAV In-Flight Software Upgrades

During a recent demonstration, Collins Aerospace and Parasanti proved they could use UAVs to install software upgrades on other UAVs to update them in-flight.

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Unmanned Systems

Two Tactical Edge Hydrogen Generation Trailer Prototypes in Development

The Marine Corps Expeditionary Energy Office (E2O), Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific (NIWC PAC), and the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) have partnered to...

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Unmanned Systems

UAE Previews Autonomous Future at DriftX

Publicly available autonomous vehicles have been operating in Abu Dhabi since 2021, providing over 16,000 rides covering more than 300,000 km (186,400 miles). If the organizers and supporters of...

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Manned Systems

Two Prototypes Selected for Air Force Collaborative Combat Aircraft Program

The U.S. Air Force has selected Anduril and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) to continue into the next phase of detailed designs, manufacture, and...

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Unmanned Systems

Radar and Weapons Upgrades for Netherlands Air Force MQ-9A Reapers

The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) is adding a series of modifications to its fleet of MQ-9A Reapers.

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

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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Aerospace

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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RF & Microwave Electronics

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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Electronics & Computers

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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Electronics & Computers

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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Unmanned Systems

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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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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RF & Microwave Electronics

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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Aerospace

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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Defense

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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RF & Microwave Electronics

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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Test & Measurement

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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Unmanned Systems

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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Unmanned Systems

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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