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  • New Russian drone-carrying corvette advances to keel-laying

    10/15/2014 5:43:51 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    TASS, Russian News Agency ^ | October 15,2014
    Helicopter-type Gorizont drone © ITAR-TASS/Valery Matytsin (archive) MOSCOW, October 15. /TASS/. Ship designers are advancing the blueprint for a new-generation, multi-purpose warship to join Russia’s navy. Features of the planned corvette are still under wraps but the vessel is thought likely to carry a helicopter-type Gorizont drone within its armory. Planners at Russia’s Central Marine Engineering Design Bureau Almaz and United Shipbuilding Corporation expect the keel to be laid next year, possibly at St. Petersburg’s Severny shipyard though it is still unconfirmed. “As technical design is in progress I will not reveal the features of this new vessel but it...
  • A Wearable Camera That Would Turn Into a Drone and Fly Off Your Wrist

    09/26/2014 12:34:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | September 26, 2014 | Kate Knibbs
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Meet Nixie, a wearable camera concept that flies off your wrist and turns into a remote-controlled quadcopter. It's the bizarre-yet-appealing wearable camera drone nobody asked for... and now I kind of want it. Intel is holding a competition to encourage new wearable technology ideas, and the Nixie is one of the finalists. So far, it's still in development, so the flying wristlet camera is rough around the edges. Team captain Christoph Kohstall eventually wants you to be able to send the the Nixie flying with a gesture. It would recognize where you're standing, snap a picture, then return to the...
  • UT Police investigating drone use over DKR

    09/01/2014 11:41:38 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 9 replies
    KXAN ^ | August 31, 2014 | Angie Beavin
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — University of Texas Police are investigating the use of a drone over Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium Saturday night during the Longhorns’ home opener. KXAN’s cameras spotted the drone flying above the stadium. The drone had red and green lights on it. It also had a camera. We weren’t the only ones who spotted it. Police did too. During the second half of the game, officers found the operator of the drone, made him land it and then took the man into custody. The department told KXAN the man was a UT student, and he...
  • Google tests drone deliveries in Project Wing trials

    08/29/2014 7:01:25 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | August 28, 2014 | Jack Stewart
    Google has built and tested autonomous aerial vehicles, which it believes could be used for goods deliveries. Google said that its long-term goal was to develop drones that could be used for disaster relief by delivering aid to isolated areas. They could be used after earthquakes, floods, or extreme weather events, the company suggested, to take small items such as medicines or batteries to people in areas that conventional vehicles cannot reach. "Even just a few of these, being able to shuttle nearly continuously could service a very large number of people in an emergency situation," explained Astro Teller, Captain...
  • US drones strike Iraq militant mortar team

    08/16/2014 6:08:16 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Gulf News ^ | August 12, 2014 | AFP
    US drones fired on an Islamic extremist mortar position in northern Iraq on Tuesday to protect Kurdish forces battling to rescue a group of Yazidi civilian refugees, the military said. The so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), the region's most powerful Sunni jihadist group, has driven thousands of members of the Yazidi minority from their homes and is besieging the refugees on an exposed mountain. Last week, the United States launched an air campaign to break the siege of Mount Sinjar, bring humanitarian relief to the Yazidis and support Kurdish troops protecting their capital Arbil. "US military...
  • UCLASS Requirements Shifted To Preserve Navy’s Next Generation Fighter

    08/01/2014 12:43:38 PM PDT · by SZonian · 5 replies
    USNI News ^ | 31 July, 2014 | Dave Majumdar and Sam LaGrone
    Updated: August 1, 2014 11:32 AM The striking power and stealth of the U.S. Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) concept was reduced to protect the role of the service’s next-generation of manned fighters, USNI News has learned. In particular, the change in UCLASS from a deep strike stealthy penetrator into the current lightly armed intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) focused aircraft was — in large part — to preserve a manned version of the F/A-XX replacement for the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, several Navy, Pentagon and industry sources confirmed to USNI News. Industry, Pentagon and Navy...
  • Hamas UAV Intercepted over Ashdod

    07/13/2014 9:57:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    inn ^ | 7/13/14 | Gil Ronen, Tamar Yonah
    An enemy Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), apparently laden with explosives, was shot down by the IDF near the port city of Ashdod Monday morning. The interception caused a strong explosion to rock Ashdod and the air raid sirens went off. The Navy is reportedly looking for remains of the UAV. The Air Force conducted a rehearsal in April for an event in which an enemy Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) infiltrates Israeli airspace. Both jet fighter and combat helicopter squadrons took part in the rehearsal, and practiced interception of a UAV near Israel's border, reported the Air Force website. The IAF...
  • The contest is over! And the winners are[Site Picks The Best Aerial Drone Photos]

    07/11/2014 3:31:08 PM PDT · by Theoria · 8 replies
    dronestagr.am ^ | 11 July 2014 | dronestagr.am
    Winners of the 2014 Dronestagram Photo Contest have finally been selected! Picking winners was a very difficult task especially because of the great quality of the photos that have been submitted. We tried to reward the photos that show the best the fantastic potential offered by drones in terms of image. It’s been an amazing first edition with many photos entered from everywhere in the world. Thank you all for joining in.We would like to extend a special thanks to our contest sponsors National Geograpic, Go Pro, Picanova, Droneshop and Parrot for generously offering amazing gifts !Are you one of...
  • Two men arrested after flying drone near GWB (near NYPD chopper near George Wash. Bridge)

    07/10/2014 1:11:05 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 34 replies
    FoxNews ^ | July 8, 2014 | Shepard Smith, Jonathan Hunt
    Transcript: Shep Smith: Police in NY arrested two people for flying a drone over the George Washington Bridge not far from a police helicopter. The cops say the drone came within 800 feet of one of the police choppers before the pilot of the drone turned it away to avoid. Jonathan Hunt: One of the cops in this NYPD helicopter noticed some lights approaching just after midnight on Monday...on closer inspection he noticed those lights were actually a drone. Apparently the chopper pilot thought he needed to take evasive action to avoid being struck by that drone. He then followed...
  • Drone Laws Extend to Include Toy UAVs

    06/30/2014 4:26:12 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 39 replies
    Kioskea ^ | 06/30/14 | Nicole Motta
    According to a notice released by the United States Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration last Monday, the new regulations now include Amazon drones and even some toy planes. Before Monday's notice, the FAA had distinguished model aircraft from small drones according to their usage: commercial or recreational. Hobbyists were free to use model aircraft as they pleased but with these new rules, even toy quadcopters are considered drones and require users to have special permits to operate them. The Hubsan FPV X4 Mini RTF Quadcopter is targeted towards children but this, and other first-person-view model aircraft, will require a...
  • National Park Service plans to ban drones over 84 million acres

    06/24/2014 7:31:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | June 20, 2014 | Staff
    The National Park Service on Friday announced it was moving to ban drones on all its lands.. The move comes amid growing concern about hobbyists using drones to create dramatic videos. The ban would cover more than 84 million acres of public land. The director of the parks service cited safety concerns as well as potential harm to wildlife. "Imagine you're a big wall climber in Yosemite working on a four-day climb up El Capitan, and you're hanging off a bulb, ready to make a [difficult] move, and an unmanned aircraft flies up beside you and is hovering a few...
  • Close encounters on rise as small drones gain in popularity

    06/23/2014 9:29:05 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 1 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 23, 2014 | Craig Whitlock
    On the same day last month, airline pilots trying to land at two of the nation’s busiest airports got on their radios to report the unnerving sight of small rogue drones buzzing at high altitudes. In the first incident on May 29, the pilot of a commercial airliner descending toward LaGuardia Airport saw what appeared to be a black drone with a 10-to-15-foot wingspan about 5,500 feet above Lower Manhattan, according to a previously undisclosed report filed with the Federal Aviation Administration. In the second, two airliners separately approaching Los Angeles International Airport soared past what they described as a...
  • When drones fall from the sky

    06/20/2014 4:46:39 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 7 replies
    WP ^ | June 20, 2014 | Craig Whitlock
    More than 400 large U.S. military drones have crashed in major accidents around the world since 2001, a record of calamity that exposes the potential dangers of throwing open American skies to drone traffic, according to a year-long Washington Post investigation. Since the outbreak of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, military drones have malfunctioned in myriad ways, plummeting from the sky because of mechanical breakdowns, human error, bad weather and other reasons, according to more than 50,000 pages of accident investigation reports and other records obtained by The Post under the Freedom of Information Act.
  • Military Blimps Will Float In Aberdeen, Tracking Potential Threats

    06/18/2014 8:18:30 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 26 replies
    CBS Baltimore ^ | June 17, 2014 | Mike Schuh
    ABERDEEN, Md. (WJZ)—Soon, Maryland will be the home to a couple of new landmarks. Actually, sky-marks. As Mike Schuh reports, two large blimps will soon rise over Harford County and stay put. Radar blimps like these have been used on the battlefield to track the enemy, and in the Caribbean to intercept drug runners. Testing in Utah is complete. Now they’re being packed up and sent to Maryland. “There is some equipment already on grounds, yes,” said Kelly Luster, a spokesman for Aberdeen Proving Ground. What will they be looking for? Anti-ship cruise missiles, unmanned aircraft and swarming boats. These...
  • African firm 'sells pepper-spray bullet firing drones'

    06/18/2014 7:21:20 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | June 18, 2014 | Leo Kelion
    The maker of a drone that fires pepper spray bullets says it has received its first order for the machine. South Africa-based Desert Wolf told the BBC it had secured the sale of 25 units to a mining company after showing off the tech at a trade show in London. It is marketing the device as a "riot control copter" that can tackle crowds "without endangering the lives of security staff". But the International Trade Union Confederation is horrified by the idea. "This is a deeply disturbing and repugnant development and we are convinced that any reasonable government will move...
  • U.S. Secretly Flying Drones Over Iraq

    06/12/2014 7:11:41 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 25 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 12 2014 | ADAM ENTOUS and JULIAN E. BARNE
    The U.S. since last year has been secretly flying unmanned surveillance aircraft in small numbers over Iraq to collect intelligence on insurgents, according to U.S. officials. Officials wouldn't say what types of drones were being used but said the flights were conducted only for surveillance purposes. The program was launched with the consent of the Iraqi government.
  • Iraq Asked U.S. for Strikes, Officials Say

    06/11/2014 5:13:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 130 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 11, 2014 | By MICHAEL R. GORDON and ERIC SCHMITT
    As the threat from Sunni militants in western Iraq escalated last month, Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki secretly asked the Obama administration to consider carrying out airstrikes against extremist staging areas, according to Iraqi and American officials. But Iraq’s appeals for military assistance have so far been rebuffed by the White House, which has been reluctant to open a new chapter in a conflict that President Obama has insisted was closed when the United States withdrew the last of its forces from Iraq in 2011. A spokeswoman for the National Security Council, Bernadette Meehan, declined to comment on Mr. Maliki’s...
  • Taliban swapped for Bergdahl could be drone targets, Kerry indicates

    06/08/2014 7:34:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | June 8, 2014 | Paul Lewis
    Secretary of state John Kerry has indicated that five Guantánamo Bay detainees released in exchange for an American soldier could be killed by drone strike if they return to the battlefield in Afghanistan. Kerry’s implied threat to the five Taliban fighters came as Republicans ramped-up their criticism of the deal to release Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, a prisoner of the Taliban for five years until he was freed last week. The 28-year-old soldier has reportedly told medical staff at a base in Germany he was tortured and beaten by his captors, and once locked in a metal cage in total darkness...
  • Drone Wars: Who Owns The Air?

    05/30/2014 3:38:29 PM PDT · by Theoria · 13 replies
    NPR ^ | 30 May 2014 | Steve Henn
    There are lots of entrepreneurs who would love to fly drones — tiny unmanned aircraft — all over the country. They dream of drones delivering packages and taking photos, but there's a battle in the courts right now standing in their way. The battle is about whether it's legal for drones to take to the sky. The question at the core of the battle: Who owns the air? It's a question that goes back to the Middle Ages, to a Latin phrase that translates to "he owns the soil owns up to the heavens." In England, this phrase was the...
  • Israel Unveils 6.5-Pound Drone for US War on Terror

    05/15/2014 10:28:23 PM PDT · by Tzvi INN.com · 3 replies
    The Jewish Independent ^ | May 16, 2014 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Israel has unveiled a new 6.5-pound hand-launched mini-drone for U.S. counter-terror units, but pro-Arab media are conducting a campaign to blame Israel when another country kills the wrong person with the drones.
  • FAA: U.S. Airliner Nearly Collided With Drone in March

    05/10/2014 6:56:14 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 27 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 9, 2014 | Jack Nicas
    A U.S. airliner nearly collided with a drone over Florida earlier this year, a federal official said, a near miss that highlights risks posed by the proliferation of unmanned aircraft in U.S. skies. A pilot of an American Airlines Group Inc. AAL +0.03% regional jet told officials that on March 22 he came dangerously close to a "small remotely piloted aircraft" about 2,300 feet above the ground near Tallahassee Regional Airport in Florida, said Jim Williams, head of the unmanned-aircraft office at the Federal Aviation Administration. Mr. Williams disclosed the incident publicly for the first time at a drone conference...
  • How Hard Is It To Shoot Down A Small Drone? [Video](shooting range day & night w/tracers)

    04/18/2014 9:59:56 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 39 replies
    Popular Science ^ | April 14, 2014 | Kelsey D. Atherton
    A group of hobbyists with a weirdly extensive machine gun collection decided to try a modern update to drone target practice. In this case, the targets were smaller drones ranging in size from remote-control toy airplanes to larger flying wings, about as big as the Army's hand-tossed RQ-11 Raven. Instead of special anti-air weapons, they tried a few different machine guns, which are more representative of the weapons insurgents might aim at drones. While many of the bullets fired hit the drones, it took direct hits to the tiny drone engines to make them stop flying. Verdict: It's possible to...
  • WILD Private Drones!

    04/16/2014 8:58:45 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 24 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 14 April 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    DJI Phantom Vision Video drone presentation at Reaganite Republican...
  • Viking Kitties Laid Off, to be Replaced with Fleet of Drones

    04/01/2014 10:16:31 AM PDT · by Admin Moderator · 95 replies
    4/1/2014 | Admin Moderator
    The Free Republic moderator staff today announced a major shakeup in the staffing at FR - no longer will the Viking Kitties be called upon to finish off trolls. "We decided that we should embrace 21st Century Technology instead of just getting all Medieval on trolls" Admin Moderator was quoted as saying. "Yeah, drones aren't cute and cuddly when not frying trolls, but you don't have to scoop the litterbox with drones." "We did extensive field testing of Chaotic Moon drones on Sidebar Moderator. They worked swimmingly and put Sidebar on the deck every time, although he hasn't quite been...
  • Australia: Drone 'used to carry drugs near prison'

    03/10/2014 3:24:59 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | March 10, 2014 | Unattributed
    A man has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs into a prison using a drone, Australian police say. The drone was "hovering in the vicinity of a prison" in Melbourne on Sunday afternoon, police said in a statement. The drone appeared to have "four engines" and was carrying "a small quantity of drugs", police added. Australia's parliament recently held a roundtable on drones and privacy. During the roundtable, Brad Mason, secretary of the Australian Certified UAV Operators Association, said there was "a lot of illegal and unauthorised use of UAVs. "We understand that the regulator is doing its...
  • Israel drone ambulance extracts from AirMule tests 2013

    02/27/2014 9:05:09 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 3 replies
    youtube ^ | 2-3-14 | Urban Aeronautics
    Israeli startup Urban Aeronautics is testing a flying ambulance drone they hope to release before 2020, Business Insider reports. The vehicle, which is called the AirMule, would be used to perform rescues in places like dense urban environments, where helicopter maneuvering is difficult. The AirMule is directed and controlled remotely and it can fly unpiloted with up to 880 pounds of cargo. Its primary purpose is to assist with rescues during military operations: A much quieter, remotely-piloted aircraft like this would be a game changer for military personnel. Medical evacuations for wounded troops have greatly improved since the introduction of...
  • Connecticut Bill Would Impose 20-Year Prison Sentence On People Who Commit Crimes With Drones

    02/24/2014 8:10:28 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 19 replies
    CBS Connecticut ^ | February 22, 2014 | AP Staff
    <p>HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers will hold a public hearing on a bill that would impose lengthy prison sentences on people who commit crimes with drones.</p> <p>The legislation would make it a felony carrying up to 20 years in prison for committing a crime using an unmanned aircraft equipped with a deadly weapon, and up to 10 years in prison for other crimes with a drone.</p>
  • IAI Unveils Latest Heron UAV (Israel)

    02/12/2014 8:37:59 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    AIN Online ^ | February 10, 2014 | David Donald
    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has chosen the Singapore Airshow to reveal its latest UAV. The new Super Heron HF is a major update of the Heron 1 that has become a popular choice for medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned missions. “The best just got better,” announced Joseph Weiss, IAI’s president and CEO, at yesterday’s ceremony to unveil the Super Heron HF in the show static display area, adjacent to IAI’s chalet (CD03). At first glance the most obvious new feature of the vehicle is its upturned wingtips, which have been adopted partly to offset the extra weight of other modifications. The most...
  • France, UK to Launch Missile, UAV Projects at Jan 31 Summit

    01/30/2014 5:27:34 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki
    Defense-Aerospace.com ^ | Jan 30, 2014 | Giovanni de Briganti
    PARIS --- France and Britain are due to sign several defense-related agreements during their short Jan. 31 summit meeting at Brize Norton, England, including one to launch joint development of a next-generation anti-ship missile and another to fund a two-year feasibility study for a joint combat UAV. British and French officials have widely briefed the media in advance of the summit to obtain the editorial coverage that both countries’ leaders – British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President François Hollande – need to bolster their domestic standing. The briefings also seek to highlight that, after several fruitless summits in...
  • U.S. Names Domestic Test Sites for Drone Aircraft

    12/30/2013 3:35:02 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 30, 2013 | MATTHEW L. WALD
    The Federal Aviation Administration will authorize test sites for drone aircraft in upstate New York, New Jersey and at least eight other states, the agency said on Monday, but integrating the aircraft into the nation’s airspace, set by Congress for 2015, will be phased in gradually. The agency picked six institutions to operate test locations, which will explore how to set safety standards, how to train and certify their ground-based pilots, how to ensure that the aircraft will operate safely even if they lose their radio links with the ground and, most of all, how to replace the traditional method...
  • Why Google is buying maker of military robots

    12/17/2013 8:35:38 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 20 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 16 Dec 2013 | The Times of India
    SAN FRANCISCO: Google may be gearing up to build robots that resemble props in science-fiction movies as the ambitious internet company expands into yet another technological frontier. To gather the expertise and research it needs, Google has purchased eight companies that specialize in robotics this year. The acquisitions are being assembled into a new robotics division headed by Andy Rubin, who oversaw Google's development of Android, now the world's leading mobile operating system. Google added more pieces to its growing toolbox of robotics late last week with the purchase of Boston Dynamics, a military contractor that has raised intrigue by...
  • US Air Force Has Secretly Built a New Stealth Drone(Shhh!)

    12/09/2013 3:09:57 AM PST · by lbryce · 20 replies
    Space War-UAV News ^ | December 6, 2013 | Staff
    The US Air Force has secretly developed a new stealth drone for long-range reconnaissance missions that could be operational by 2015, according to a report Friday in an industry magazine. The unmanned drone, dubbed RQ-180, is currently in the testing phase at the top secret Groom Lake air base in Nevada -- the infamous "Area 51" where the Air Force tested the U2 spy planes in the late 1950s, Aviation Week said. The Air Force refused to comment when contacted by AFP. The new aircraft was reportedly built by Northrop Grumann, the company behind the Global Hawk and the X-47B...
  • Navy Launches UAV from Submerged Submarine

    12/07/2013 2:04:56 PM PST · by gandalftb · 6 replies
    U.S. Naval Research Lab ^ | 12/05/2013 | Daniel Parry
    The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) with funding from SwampWorks at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Department of Defense Rapid Reaction Technology Office (DoD/RRTO) demonstrated the launch of an all-electric, fuel cell-powered, unmanned aerial system (UAS) from a submerged submarine. "Developing disruptive technologies and quickly getting them into the hands of our sailors is what our SwampWorks program is all about," said Craig A. Hughes, Acting Director of Innovation at ONR. The successful submerged launch of a remotely deployed UAS offers a pathway to providing mission critical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities to the U.S. Navy's...
  • Book Alleges Obama Told Aides About Drone Strikes: I’m ‘Really Good At Killing People’

    11/03/2013 1:41:28 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 36 replies
    CBS ^ | 11/3/13
    A new book covering the 2012 presidential campaign uncovers a series of scathing remarks from political figures, but one alleged comment has stirred controversy around President Barack Obama and his administration’s use of targeted drone strikes. Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s book “Double Down: Game Change 2012” notes President Obama commenting on drone strikes, reportedly telling his aides that he’s “really good at killing people.”
  • China’s buying of German firm risk for Turkish UAV

    09/16/2013 10:00:38 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | September/17/2013 | Burak BEKD&#304;L
    ChinaÂ’s buying of German firm risk for Turkish UAV Burak BEKDÄ°L Chinese AvicÂ’s acquisition of German Thielert, leaves the first Turkishmade drone, the Anka, without an engine. Turkish officials are worried that buying of Thielert, engines supplier of Anka, may delay the project It looked entirely like any other business takeover between the Chinese and Germans with no relevance to Turkey. But the news that a Chinese group had acquired the troubled German maker of aircraft engines means Turkey must now find a new engine supplier for its first indigenous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the Anka. Turkish officials and the...
  • EXCLUSIVE PHOTO: LARGE FLYING WING DRONE SPOTTED AT PLANT 42

    09/05/2013 6:19:41 AM PDT · by taildragger · 20 replies
    AviatoinIntel ^ | 9/5/2014 | Ty Rogoway
    This picture was taken from a pilot passing through Palmdale about a 16 months ago. What appears is a large flying wing type unmanned aircraft with a dorsal intake. The wingspan appears to be right around seventy feet. The aircraft appears here in the smaller of two wide and low slung aircraft shelters, built around 2010, located by the engine test cells, just north of the Northrop Grumman installation at Plant 42.
  • X-47B Completes First-Ever Carrier-Based Arrested Landing

    07/10/2013 11:12:31 AM PDT · by Daus · 46 replies
    US Navy ^ | 7/10/13 | NA
    USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH, at sea (NNS) -- The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator completed its first-ever carrier-based arrested landing on board USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) off the coast of Virginia July 10. "By evolving and integrating new technology like the X-47B and the unmanned aircraft to follow, carriers will remain relevant throughout their 50-year lifespan," said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. Today's demonstration was the first time a tailless, unmanned autonomous aircraft landed on a modern aircraft carrier. This test marks an historic event for naval aviation that Navy leaders believe will impact...
  • University Team Helps Capture African Rhino Poachers

    06/22/2013 11:23:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Diamondback Online ^ | Thursday, June 20, 2013 | Katelyn Newman
    The University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies’ Terrapin One drone is meant to let South African poachers know what “fear the turtle” is all about. On May 26, during the drone’s first night flight, it aided in capturing a group of poachers spotted threatening a mother rhinoceros and her calf. The project — which programs the movements of the drone, loaned to the team by Denver-based manufacturer Falcon UAV — is the creation of Tom Snitch, a member of the Board of Visitors of UMIACS, and institute scientists. Based on the data they gathered during test flights in...
  • Unmanned craft is set to launch from carrier Bush

    05/14/2013 5:23:59 AM PDT · by csvset · 9 replies
    Virginian Pilot ^ | May 14, 2013 | Dianna Cahn
    NORFOLK A new era in naval aviation is set to launch from the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush today, if all goes according to plan. For the first time ever, the Navy plans to catapult an unmanned aerial vehicle off a carrier flight deck, marking a strategic technological shift in naval aviation. The launch of the prototype X-47B from the Bush, steaming off the Virginia coast, follows months of shore-based launch tests at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland. The objective: to show that automated aircraft can play an active role in air warfare operations at sea. "The addition...
  • US Navy's Ion Tiger drone leans on liquid hydrogen for longer-lasting spy flight

    05/13/2013 4:30:06 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 21 replies
    engadget ^ | May 10th, 2013 | Joseph Volpe
    The US Navy's quieter way to spy, the Ion Tiger, just bested its own 2009 flight record with a key assist from liquid hydrogen. The unmanned aerial vehicle had previously relied on 5000-psi compressed hydrogen for fuel, but for its latest flight test the Naval Research team swapped that out for a new cryogenic tank and delivery system that relies on the liquid stuff; a choice made for the element's increased density. With that one significant change in place, the craft was able to outperform its last endurance run of 26 hours and two minutes by almost double, lasting 48...
  • X-47B demonstrator completes its first shore-based arrested landing

    05/07/2013 1:13:12 PM PDT · by taildragger · 21 replies
    You Tube / Navair ^ | 05/05/2013 | Naval Air Systems Command
    The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator completes its first shore-based arrested landing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. May 4.
  • FAQ: The V1-VR Terrorist Runway Kill Zone (RKZ) Frequently Asked Questions

    05/04/2013 9:15:45 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 32 replies
    Runway Kill Zone (blog) ^ | May 4, 2013 | 2branta
    What is the V1-VR terrorist runway kill zone (RKZ)? The RKZ is a zone on an airport takeoff runway between two points called V1 and VR that every large multi-engine jet aircraft, such as Air Force One, must pass through while taking off. Here is a cockpit video of a 747-400 where the co-pilot can be heard to call out “V1″ at 1:24 and then call out “rotate” (VR) at 1:30, as required for all takeoffs. The runway zone travelled by the aircraft in the 6 seconds between V1 and VR for this takeoff is the RKZ. If any two...
  • Israel builds up its war robot industry (drones)

    04/26/2013 8:24:29 PM PDT · by haffast · 5 replies
    UPI ^ | April 26, 2013 at 3:42 PM | UPI
    TEL AVIV, Israel, April 26 (UPI) -- Israel, which has the most advanced defense industry in the Middle East, is in the forefront of the rapidly expanding drone business that's changing the way wars will be fought for decades to come. With state-owned Israel Aircraft Industries, Elbit Systems and Aeronautics Defense Systems developing new and more agile unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as ground and seaborne drones, the Jewish state seems well-placed to corner a big slice of a market valued at around $50 billion a year. Indeed, Israel's widely considered to be the leading UAV exporter in the world,...
  • Netanyahu was in Chopper when UAV was Spotted

    04/25/2013 8:59:39 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    inn ^ | 4/25/13
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was in a helicopter flight on the way to a tour of northern Israel, when the IAF spotted what is believed to have been a Hizbullah UAV in the skies of Haifa Thursday. The prime minister's staff, in consultation with security elements, decided to take no chances and instructed the helicopter pilot to land for a short time, until the successful interception of the UAV. The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) penetrated Israeli air space from Lebanon Thursday, and was shot down. At around 2:00 p.m. Israel time (11:00 GMT), IAF aircraft belonging to the aerial defense...
  • U.S. Drone Strikes Kill Children

    04/15/2013 4:34:02 PM PDT · by RC one · 16 replies
    asia tribune ^ | 09 April | asian Tribune
    Washington, D.C. 09 April (Asiantribune.com): It has been reported that an American military airstrike in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, April 6 that targeted a senior Taliban commander finally ended up in killing 18 people including women and children. Following an intense fighting on the ground American air support was called to flatten the home of the commander whose name has been released as Ali Khan In addition to killing Ali Khan and several other Taliban fighters, at least 10 children died, and at least 5 women were wounded, said Abdul Zahir Safi, the governor of the Shigal district, where the...
  • Pentagon cancel controversial "drone medal"

    04/15/2013 1:06:11 PM PDT · by Saint X · 13 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | 4/15/13 | U.S. Naval Insitute
    The Pentagon is cancelling a controversial medal designed to recognize contributions of unmanned aerial vehicle pilots and cyber troops, according to a Monday memorandum signed by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel obtained by USNI News.
  • Germany 'may buy weaponised drones from Israel'

    04/14/2013 10:53:53 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Germany 'may buy weaponised drones from Israel' (AFP) – 13 hours ago BERLIN — Germany is in talks with Israel to buy weaponised drones for its military that are seen as more technologically advanced than US ones, the weekly Der Spiegel reported. The news magazine's Monday edition said the German defence ministry had already held two meetings with Israeli military officials, in November 2012 and February 2013, on the proposed purchase. The chief of Germany's air force, Lieutenant General Karl Muellner, was said to have recently gone to Israel to attend a presentation of Israel's Heron TP drone, Der Spiegel...
  • The anti-drone hoodie that helps you beat Big Brother's spy in the sky

    04/01/2013 5:32:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The Guardian ^ | March 31, 2013 | Tom Meltzer
    I am wearing a silver hoodie that stops just below the nipples. Or, if you prefer, a baggy crop-top with a hood. The piece – this is fashion, so it has to be a "piece" – is one of a kind, a prototype. It has wide square shoulders and an overzealous zip that does up right to the tip of my nose. It does not, it's fair to say, make its wearer look especially cool. But that's not really what this hoodie is about. It has been designed to hide me from the thermal imaging systems of unmanned aerial surveillance...
  • Northrop Grumman gets $71.6B Fire Scout contract to be assembled in Moss Point (Mississippi)

    03/13/2013 3:21:41 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 11 replies
    Sun Herald ^ | March 12, 2013 | By MARY PEREZ
    Tuesday was a banner day for Gulf Coast industry as the U.S. Navy announced it awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. a $71.6 million contract to produce the next generation of Fire Scout unmanned helicopters, assembled in Moss Point. In addition, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Lockheed Martin Corp. will invest $3 million and create 166 new jobs to build tanks for liquefied natural gas at the Michoud Assembly plant in New Orleans, where the space shuttle tanks were built. The initial 88-foot-long tanks will be used to fuel ships and transport fuel. And at Chevron's 2013 Security Analyst Meeting on...
  • 49 quadrocopter in outdoor-formation-flight / Ars Electronica Futurelab / Linz, Austria

    02/22/2013 12:53:47 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | Aug 30, 2012 | ArsElectronica/unattributed
    Quadrocopters turn into pixels at the voestalpine Klangwolke and form 3D-Modells in the sky. As a world-premiere, the Ars Electronica Futurelab has managed to fly a formation outdoor with so many quadrocopters, painting some moments of magic into the nightsky of Linz.