Latest UAVs and drones Stories

2008-12-09 09:00:00

PALMDALE, Calif., Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., have successfully demonstrated an autonomous landing of the F-16 Fighting Falcon, marking the first time an F-16 has landed entirely under computer control. The successful Autoland demonstration lays the foundation for consistent, repeatable and controlled automatic landings of the F-16 in various wind conditions and airfield situations. This...

2008-03-18 14:05:00

Scientists at British Antarctic Survey (BAS) in collaboration with the Technical University of Braunschweig (TUBS), Germany have completed the first ever series of flights by autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in Antarctica. This is the first time that unpiloted UAVs have been used in the Antarctic and the successful flights open up a major new technique for gathering scientific data in the harshest and remotest environment on Earth.Dr Phil Anderson of BAS says, "This is a huge...

2008-02-28 17:29:32

LONDON (AP) -- Military experts have warned that terrorists could use unmanned drones in aerial attacks, saying robotics offered a frighteningly easy way to evade security. The know-how and materials for manufacturing lethal, improvised robots are easily available, according to experts at a conference Wednesday on robotics at the Royal United Services Institute, a 177-year-old forum on military affairs. "Sooner or later we're going to see a Cessna programmed to fly into a...

2008-02-04 17:50:00

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Natural flyers like birds, bats and insects outperform man-made aircraft in aerobatics and efficiency. University of Michigan engineers are studying these animals as a step toward designing flapping-wing planes with wingspans smaller than a deck of playing cards. A Blackbird jet flying nearly 2,000 miles per hour covers 32 body lengths per second. But a common pigeon flying at 50 miles per hour covers 75. The roll rate of the aerobatic A-4 Skyhawk plane is about 720...

2006-06-19 18:40:00

LOS ANGELES - This could be the shape of things to come in crimefighting. In the months ahead, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will test an unmanned, remote-controlled surveillance plane. If deputies want a birds'-eye view of a standoff, they might scramble the unmanned drone instead of a helicopter to get a closer, quieter look. Within minutes, real-time color video would be streamed to a portable computer system manned by an officer 250 feet below. Officials with the nation's...

2006-06-05 18:42:00

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon told Congress on Monday that national security needs made it necessary to continue a $6 billion Northrop Grumman Corp. unmanned surveillance drone program, despite major cost overruns. But Pentagon acquisitions chief Ken Krieg told lawmakers the Global Hawk program would be restructured and production would be limited to no more than five aircraft per year until initial operational tests were completed. "Global Hawk is...

2005-08-23 07:20:00

LOS ANGELES -- Firefighters are getting a high-tech ally in their battle against wildfires: a remote-controlled spy plane that doesn't mind smoke, can see in the dark and never sleeps. Scientists have been testing whether such planes - similar to the spy drones the U.S. military flies over Iraq and Afghanistan - can help track the direction and behavior of fast-moving flames without putting firefighters in harm's way. After experimental flights of three unmanned aerial vehicles this summer,...

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