Latest UAVs and drones Stories

2010-07-23 06:10:00

Unmanned drones, remote-controlled military aircraft designated to play a vital role in combat, took the spotlight at the Farnborough air show this week. Aerospace manufacturers at Farnborough reported brisk sales last year because NATO forces in Afghanistan are already using unmanned aircrafts for intelligence gathering. Companies and analysts said they expect sales of drones to slow less than in other defense aviation sections despite defense budgets worldwide being tightened due to...

2010-07-19 11:30:00

FARNBOROUGH, England, July 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Farnborough Airshow -- The U.K.'s unveiling of its Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) technology demonstrator, the Taranis, is featured in this week's issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology. AVIATION WEEK's London Bureau Chief, Douglas Barrie, provides analysis and context in light of London's efforts to plan its future combat aircraft mix. "The U.K.'s Taranis is a significant step toward a low-observable unmanned combat air vehicle, but...

2010-07-17 06:30:00

The Zephyr solar-powered plane recently broke the endurance record for an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The aircraft took off from the U.S. Army's Yuma Providing Ground in Arizona last Friday and is still in the air. Its non-stop operation has gone five times longer than the official mark recognized by the world air sports federation. The defense and research company Qinetiq has developed the UK-built Zephyr. Jon Saltmarsh, its project manager, told BBC news that Zephyr would be...

2010-07-14 10:58:35

The manufacturers of an unmanned solar-powered aircraft are preparing the plane to fly non-stop for two full weeks, according to a BBC News report on Wednesday. The Zephyr solar plane, which was conceived and constructed by a British defense firm known as QinetiQ, will be launching from the US Army's Yuma Proving Ground base, located in Arizona. The Zephyr has already flown unofficially for more than 82 continuous hours. However, as previous flights were not witnessed by officials at the...

2010-07-13 06:10:00

United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence recently unveiled a prototype of its first long-range unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV). The concept plane, named Taranis, is the Ministry's first step in the development of unmanned strike aircraft. It is designed for long-range strikes capable of penetrating enemy territory. It has taken over three million man hours to design and produce. Defence Minister Gerald Howarth said it was a "truly trailblazing project." The project featured "the best of our...

2010-06-16 09:32:00

PHOENIX, June 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced that its T-Hawk(TM) Micro Air Vehicle, the only fielded unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with hover and stare surveillance capability, has recorded its 10,000th flight since introduction. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20080425/LAF040LOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080425/LAF040LOGO) The 10,000th flight was part of an Explosive Ordinance Disposal evaluation exercise in Iraq....

2010-06-15 07:20:00

SAN DIEGO, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Forging a better connection between human and machine has long been the inspiration for internationally acclaimed industrial designer Vladymir Rogov. With his latest success, he faced the challenge of improving the interface between Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), one of the military's most strategic tools, and the human pilots that translate their captured data. Rogov's breakthrough LCD display system forever changes the way human hands interact with...

2010-05-25 12:01:00

VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich., May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Michigan-based team takes first Wolverine engine from concept to production readiness in six months. Wolverine 3 is a purpose-built, heavy fuel engine designed to achieve breakthrough levels of capability, packaging and reliability. First fire in May followed by a summer 2010 test flight. Ricardo Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Ricardo plc, the leading independent provider of technology, product innovation and engineering solutions to...

2010-04-15 02:19:00

HAIFA, Israel, April 15, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT) announced today that UAS Tactical Systems Ltd. (U-TacS) - its Leicester-based joint company with Thales UK,- has been awarded a $70 million contract by Thales UK to provide Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) services for the Watchkeeper project to be undertaken over the next three years. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080408/300441 ) The Watchkeeper project, one of the...

2010-03-31 14:42:48

With funding from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, engineers at Boston University are working on a theoretical approach to improve automated mission control and decision-making for fleets of unmanned aerial vehicles. While unmanned systems currently rely on the automation of low-level functions, such as navigation, stabilization and trajectory, operating these systems is still quite labor-intensive for Air Force pilots given the variable flying conditions experienced by UAVs. The...

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