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  • Navy catapults unmanned aircraft for first time

    11/29/2012 9:36:01 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11-29
    The U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman have conducted the Navy's first catapult launch of an unmanned aircraft on Thursday, marking the first of a series of shore-based catapult-to-flight tests over the next few weeks. Using the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator, the Navy's UCAS Carrier Demonstration program plans to catapult the aircraft from a ship base, making history, next year. Mike Mackey, UCAS-D program director for Northrop Grumman, said, "Today's successful launch is another critical milestone in the carrier-stability testing phase of the UCAS-D program." The test was conducted at a shore-based catapult facility at Naval Air Station...
  • Unmanned vessel could soon be working for Navy

    05/07/2012 8:07:40 AM PDT · by wizzardude · 10 replies
    m.phys.org ^ | 12 Apr 2012 | The Associated Press
    <p>Technology that sent unmanned aircraft over Iraq and Afghanistan soon could be steering unstaffed naval boats for such dangerous tasks as minesweeping, submarine detection, intelligence gathering and approaching hostile vessels.</p> <p>Defense contractor Textron Inc. demonstrated what it calls its Common Unmanned Surface Vessel technology Thursday at its Textron Marine & Land Systems shipyard in New Orleans.</p>
  • Marines in Afghanistan Execute the World's First Cargo Resupply with an Unmanned Helicopter

    12/21/2011 2:38:57 PM PST · by Utilizer · 20 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 12.20.2011 | Clay Dillow
    In Afghanistan, supply convoys have been a favorite target of insurgent fighters, not only because they make warfighting possible for troops at forward operating bases but also because they are so very vulnerable to ambushes and IEDs. But on Saturday, NATO logisticians hit a major milestone in Afghanistan, reaching out and touching one of the holy grails of robotic warfare when an unmanned K-MAX helicopter successfully delivered a sling-load of beans, bullets, and band-aids to an unspecified base for the first time.
  • US proposes unmanned border crossing with Mexico

    12/11/2011 5:26:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    ap ^ | 12/11/11 | CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN
    BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, Texas (AP) -- The bloody drug war in Mexico shows no sign of relenting. Neither do calls for tighter border security amid rising fears of spillover violence. This hardly seems a time the U.S. would be willing to allow people to cross the border legally from Mexico without a customs officer in sight. But in this rugged, remote West Texas terrain where wading across the shallow Rio Grande undetected is all too easy, federal authorities are touting a proposal to open an unmanned port of entry as a security upgrade. By the spring, kiosks could open...
  • US unmanned systems have more than budget problems to overcome

    02/03/2011 4:59:21 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Flight Global ^ | 2/3/2011 | By Gayle Putrich
    Though most experts hold a grim outlook for the Pentagon's budget, the unmanned aerial vehicle community remains in a positive mindset - at least about funding. Unmanned systems are competing well with other varied defence interests, says Dyke Weatherington, deputy director for the Pentagon's unmanned aircraft systems at the Association for Unmanned Vechicle Systems International's (AUVSI) 2011 Unmanned Systems Program Review 2 February in Washington DC. But UAVs face other challenges in securing their permanent position in defence arsenals, Weatherington and a panel on the future of unmanned air programmes say, particularly perception problems. As UAVs go up against large...
  • Record breaking Zephyr offers 24/7 cost effective military surveillance and communications

    12/24/2010 10:18:51 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 1+ views
    ASDNews ^ | 12/23/2010 | ASDNews
    Tracking pirates in the Gulf of Aden, detecting bush fires in Australia, and improving battlefield communications and surveillance in Afghanistan are all potential uses for the solar powered unmanned aircraft, Zephyr, which has now officially been awarded three World Records - including one for the longest flight ever by an aeroplane - two weeks - and one for altitude higher than any current surveillance aeroplane in its class. These records were achieved on the first flight of the all-new Zephyr aircraft. Experts at QinetiQ say that because of Zephyr's unique ability to fly higher and longer than any other current...
  • Unmanned Air Force space plane to return to Earth

    11/30/2010 7:03:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    chron.com ^ | 11/30/10 | Associated Press, by Staff
    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — An unmanned Air Force space plane that spent seven months in orbit is set to return to Earth. The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle is scheduled to land at Vandenberg Air Force Base northwest of Los Angeles sometime between Friday and Monday, depending on the weather and other factors. The Air Force Space Command said in a statement Tuesday the base has begun preparations for the landing. The X-37B resembles a small space shuttle. Since it launched in April, space enthusiasts have speculated about its ultimate purpose.
  • UK: MoD unveils unmanned fighter jet 'of the future' (Taranis, named after Celtic god of thunder)

    07/13/2010 11:54:29 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 7/13/10 | AFP
    LONDON (AFP) – An unmanned jet capable of striking long-range targets has been dubbed the "combat aircraft of the future" by the Ministry of Defence. The Taranis -- named after the Celtic god of thunder -- was unveiled at a ceremony at BAE Systems in Warton, Lancashire, on Monday. The £142.5 million prototype is the size of a light aircraft and has been equipped with stealth technology to make it virtually undetectable. In a press release, the MoD described the Taranis as "a prototype unmanned combat aircraft of the future." It is built to carry out intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance...
  • Taranis: The £143million unmanned stealth jet that will hit targets in another continent

    07/12/2010 8:50:21 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/12/10 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Looming ominously like a space ship from Star Wars, this is the future of unmanned flight. Defence firm BAE Systems today officially unveiled its first ever high-tech unmanned stealth jet. The Taranis, named after the Celtic god of thunder, is about the same size as a Hawk jet and is equipped with stealth equipment and an 'autonomous' artificial intelligence system. The plane will test the possibility of developing the first ever autonomous stealthy Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) that would ultimately be capable of precisely striking targets at long range, even in another continent.
  • Euro Hawk Unmanned Aircraft Completes Successful First Flight

    07/02/2010 6:03:40 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Defense Talk ^ | 7/2/2010 | Defense Talk
    The Euro Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS), built by Northrop Grumman Corporation and EADS Defence & Security, successfully completed its first flight June 29. The high-flying aircraft took off at approximately 10:32 a.m. PDT from Northrop Grumman's Palmdale, Calif., manufacturing facility and climbed to 32,000 feet over Palmdale's desert skies before landing nearly two hours later at 12:24 p.m. PDT at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. "The Euro Hawk marks the first international configuration of the RQ-4 Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) UAS, and strengthens Northrop Grumman's first trans-Atlantic cooperation with Germany and EADS Defence & Security," said Duke Dufresne,...
  • How UAVs Will Change Aviation

    06/08/2010 11:30:56 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 37 replies · 61+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 6/7/2010 | David Esler
    Are airplane pilots destined for the same fate as flight navigators and engineers? Will they be replaced by lines of code, electrons and data-linked commands from faceless controllers beyond the horizon? However unlikely that scenario, the trend is worth noting. As is being demonstrated daily in thousands of operations around the world, the black boxes on a growing number of aircraft are so "smart," they obviate the need to have a human operator on board to complete a given mission. Pointing to the hundreds of automated takeoffs and landings performed by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) every day, David Vos, senior...
  • X-37B Sneaks Around In Plain Sight

    05/30/2010 11:37:34 AM PDT · by shield · 22 replies · 1,881+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | May 27th, 2010
    A month ago, the U.S. Air Force launched an X-37B UOV (unmanned orbital vehicle). X-37B is a remotely controlled mini-Space Shuttle. The space vehicle has been spotted by amateur astronomers (who like to watch spy satellites as well), and the X-37B appears to be going through some tests. The X-37B is believed to have a payload of about 227-300 kg (500-660 pounds), and is capable of staying in orbit for 9 months. The payload bay is 2.1x1.4 meters (7x4 feet). When returned to earth, it will land by itself (after being ordered to use a specific landing area.) The X-37B...
  • Sikorsky Venture to Build Unmanned Helicopters

    02/05/2010 9:45:59 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 562+ views
    Wharton Airspace ^ | 02/04/2010 | Wharton Airspace
    Light and small unmanned aerial vehicles, like the Blank's Predator, are increasingly common -- though rarely spotted in the sky. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. wants to bring that same technology to its much heavier Black Hawk helicopters. The company announced a billion-dollar venture, Sikorsky Innovations, to help transform the Black Hawk from mechanical workhorse to computerized aircraft, according to an article in the Houston Chronicle. The Black Hawk is a mainstay of the U.S. arsenal in Iraq and Afghanistan, where it is perfectly suited to traverse vast stretches of deserts and mountains. But its heavy use has also led to deadly...
  • Israeli Firm Patents Unmanned Helicopter

    10/14/2009 10:15:46 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies · 540+ views
    Isreal National News ^ | 10/14/09 | Yoni Kempinski
    (IsraelNN.com) Muslim terrorists' newest nightmare? Steadicopter, an Israeli company, has developed an unmanned helicopter using patented technology that enables the chopper to stay stable while airborne. The new technology was on display at ISDEF 3 – the third annual Israel defense show, currently being held at Tel Aviv's fairgrounds. The developers said that the unmanned helicopter can be used wherever manned helicopters are currently used, for a smaller price and with no danger to human life, and also in place of unmanned fixed wing aircraft.
  • BAE to develop unmanned aircraft with British Defense Ministry (Mantis w/ Brimstone missiles)

    07/22/2008 4:45:50 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies · 1,048+ views
    BAE to develop unmanned aircraft with British Defense Ministry14 Jul, 2008, 2127 hrs IST, AGENCIES FARNBOROUGH: BAE Systems PLC said on Monday it will develop an unmanned aircraft that can drop laser-guided bombs and fire missiles in a program jointly funded by Britain's Ministry of Defense. BAE announced the plans for the propeller-powered vehicle, known as Mantis, at the Farnborough International Airshow, outside London, and displayed a full-size model on the tarmac. The deal with the Defense Ministry, which covers the first phase of development and flight testing only, is designed to demonstrate the potential of a large unmanned aircraft...
  • 'Flying Humvee' robot ships supplies to military troops

    06/19/2008 7:06:20 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 19 replies · 124+ views
    Computer World ^ | 6/17/08 | Sharon Gaudin
    <p>June 17, 2008 (Computerworld) An aerospace company has built a prototype of a driverless aircraft designed to shuttle hundreds of pounds of supplies to soldiers in war zones.</p> <p>Dubbed a flying Humvee by Ryan Wood, CEO of Broomfield Colo.-based Frontline Aerospace, Inc., the robotic vehicle can fly 600 to 1,000 miles carrying a full cargo of 400 pounds. Code named V-STAR, the autonomous aircraft, which can execute vertical take-offs and landings, is about the size of a large SUV, weighing in at 2,400 pounds and measuring 21 feet long and up to 26 feet wide.</p>
  • US navy's robot carrier plane building fast

    11/27/2007 12:22:05 PM PST · by Tlaloc · 45 replies · 370+ views
    The Register ^ | 27th November 2007 | Lewis Page
    The US Navy's new stealth robot carrier plane is now "structurally complete", according to its maker, and is now being fitted out with subsystems while software tests begin. The Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D) is expected to make its first flight the year after next, and its first carrier deck landing in 2011. "Once we get robust flight controls we will begin failure detection and accommodation testing, which is the real key to any unmanned aircraft," said Scott Winship, UCAS-D project chief at Northrop Grumman, talking to Flight International. Although a firm decision by the US Navy to build...
  • Boeing X-45A unmanned combat vehicle on display

    11/14/2006 5:30:22 PM PST · by SandRat · 36 replies · 1,574+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Sarah Swan
    11/14/2006 - DAYTON, Ohio (AFPN) -- The Boeing X-45A unmanned combat air vehicle was officially inducted into the National Museum of the United States Air Force collection during a ceremony Nov. 13. "The X-45A is a prime example of an air vehicle that points to the future of our Air Force," said retired Maj. Gen. Charles D. Metcalf, museum director. "Unmanned aerial vehicles are increasingly being used, and we are excited to show the public the giant step that has been taken with these aircraft." The Boeing X-45A served as a scaled-down, advanced technology demonstrator for a project conducted by...
  • N.Korea claims capture of U.S. submersible(or torpedo?)

    08/07/2006 4:43:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 61 replies · 3,181+ views
    AP ^ | 08/07/06 | KWANG-TAE KIM
    N.Korea claims capture of U.S. submersible By KWANG-TAE KIM, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 36 minutes ago North Korea claimed it has captured an unmanned U.S. submersible and put it on display in Pyongyang, a pro-North Korean newspaper in Japan said Monday. The U.S. dismissed the report. The small vessel was captured during a reconnaissance mission in waters off North Korea's eastern city of Hamhung, said the Choson Sinbo newspaper, which is published by a pro-North Korean association linked to the Pyongyang government. The newspaper report on its Web site, which is monitored in Seoul, was accompanied by a picture...
  • Unmanned Aircraft Give Military Added Capability

    07/26/2006 11:05:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 14 replies · 519+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, July 26, 2006 – The instant feedback of information supplied by unmanned aerial vehicles is bringing immediate "value added" to U.S. military operations, the Joint Staff's director for strategic plans and policy explained yesterday. "UAVs have become such an important tool for our decision makers -- operational battlefield decision makers and strategic decision makers," Air Force Lt. Gen. Victor E. "Gene" Renuart Jr. said in a Pentagon Channel interview. "They have become an accepted part of our inventory." Unmanned aerial vehicles are remotely piloted or self-piloted aircraft that can carry cameras, sensors and communications equipment that provide an integrated...
  • Air Force committed to unmanned aerial vehicle development

    04/14/2006 4:51:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies · 704+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Staff Sgt. C. Todd Lopez
    4/14/2006 - WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- Unmanned aerial vehicles are successfully transforming the way the Air Force does business, and the service is committed to supporting and developing more of them. Innovative UAV tactics have transformed the battle space as witnessed in Iraq and Afghanistan, said Maj. Gen. Stanley Gorenc, Air Force deputy chief of staff for air and space operations, at testimony before the House Armed Services Committee subcommittee on tactical air and land forces April 6. "UAVs are transforming the way Air Force and the joint team fight, and are a critical component of the future joint force," the...
  • Global Hawk [N-1] sets sail from Edwards

    04/02/2006 9:24:35 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies · 524+ views
    http://www.avpress.com/n/02/0402_s8.hts ^ | April 2, 2006 | CHRISTOPHER BALL 95th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
    EDWARDS AFB - A Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle known as N-1 took off from Edwards' main runway Monday evening on a one-way mission to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. The N-1, an RQ-4A Global Hawk - one of two acquired by the U.S. Navy through the Global Hawk Maritime Demonstration Program - is the first of its kind delivered to the Navy and is being prepared for participation in the Navy's Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment 2006. The delivery was enabled by the installation of a launch and recovery element at Patuxent River that allows the Navy to begin...
  • Unmanned Predator Kills Three Terrorists; Relative Turns in Suspect

    03/29/2006 3:27:22 PM PST · by SandRat · 20 replies · 830+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 29, 2006 – An MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial vehicle engaged three insurgents in the process of planting a homemade bomb along a road near Balad Air Base, Iraq, yesterday evening and launched an AGM-114 Hellfire missile against the group. The Predator monitored the three terrorists for about a half hour while they used a pick ax to dig a hole in the road, placed an explosive round in the hole, and strung wires from the hole to a ditch on the side of the road. When it was clear the individuals were placing a bomb, the Predator launched...
  • Army testing unmanned Stryker convoys

    02/21/2006 3:36:54 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 789+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Feb 21, 2006 | Larry Edmond
    FORT GORDON, Ga. (Army News Service, Feb. 21, 2006) -- Engineers conducting show-and-tell with a 20-ton robot on the last day of two weeks of trials on Fort Gordon were cautiously optimistic. Karl Murphy, a software engineer from Robotic Research, said there was a new principle of “Murphy’s Law” at work on the test field Feb. 10. "One of my professors reminded us that we have 'sight-ons' present whenever an experiment is being viewed,” Murphy said. “The more 'sight-ons' you have, the greater is the potential for something to go wrong." Tongue in cheek, he continued explaining that sight-on fields...
  • Unmanned Shadow Watches From Above (UAV Eyes in the Sky)

    01/23/2006 3:30:08 PM PST · by SandRat · 14 replies · 828+ views
    TransFormation DoD ^ | Jan 23, 2006 | Staff Sgt. Mark Wojciechowski
      U.S. Army Sgt. Jeremy Keenan, a Troy, N.Y. native, rolls the "Shadow" out of the hangar to its flightline at Forward Operating Base Warhorse, Iraq. Keenan serves with A Company, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Division. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mark Wojciechowski Unmanned Shadow Watches From Above By U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mark Wojciechowski / 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment BAQUBAH, Iraq, Jan. 23, 2006 – Troops on the ground in Iraq face many risks - the insurgents and anti-Iraqi forces are devious when it comes to placing improvised explosive devices and hiding weapons caches....
  • Mini-plane Newest Addition to Unmanned Family

    10/17/2005 5:59:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 923+ views
    TransFormation DoD ^ | Oct 17, 2005 | Lance Cpl. Bernadette L. Ainsworth
    Sgt. Richard Skinner, Tactical Micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicle project trainer, Fort Belvoir, Va., launches the TACMAV by hand. The newest UAV is the smallest in the UAV family with a body length and wing span of 21 inches. U.S. Marine Corps photo Mini-plane Newest Addition to Unmanned Family The Tactical Micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicle can be stored in a 22-inch long, five-inch diameter tube and placed on a soldier’s backpack. By Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Bernadette L. Ainsworth / Multinational Corps Public Affairs Office CAMP VICTORY, Iraq, Oct. 17, 2005 – The Army recently began using an unmanned aerial...
  • Held aloft by hydrogen

    09/20/2005 4:28:19 PM PDT · by Zuben Elgenubi · 20 replies · 1,241+ views
    The Economist ^ | September 15, 2005 | Economist Staff
    Held aloft by hydrogen Sep 15th 2005 From The Economist print edition Aviation: An unmanned aircraft powered by hydrogen has taken to the air for the first time. Such aircraft could have both military and civilian uses BLAME it on the Hindenburg. Ever since the hydrogen-filled German airship exploded in 1937, hydrogen and aviation have not had much to do with each other. But a new aircraft, which made its first flight in May, could change that. Global Observer, the world's first liquid-hydrogen powered, unmanned-aerial vehicle (UAV), is not an airship, but an aeroplane that uses hydrogen as a...
  • Border Patrol to buy unmanned plane for Mexican border (Predator)

    08/30/2005 4:26:09 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 49 replies · 892+ views
    ap on Monterey Herald ^ | 8/30/05 | ap/san diego
    SAN DIEGO - The U.S. Border Patrol said Tuesday that it has acquired an unmanned aerial vehicle to spot human and drug smugglers along the Mexican border. The agency will pay $14.1 million for a Predator B plane, including one year of service and maintenance, said spokesman Mario Villarreal. The Predator B will begin patrolling the border next month. Initially, it will fly only along the Arizona-Mexico border, the busiest corridor for illegal immigration into the United States. The Border Patrol is Predator B's second customer. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., the manufacturer, says it has delivered seven to the...
  • Unmanned Aircraft Capabilities Expanding in War on Terrorism

    08/17/2005 4:12:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 14 replies · 433+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Aug 17, 2005 | Kathleen T. Rhem
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2005 – Once used only for remote reconnaissance, unmanned aircraft technology has rapidly evolved in recent years. Such systems now feature strike capabilities and are being used for force-protection and signals-collection missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Unmanned aerial systems "have helped reduce the complexity and time lag in the 'sensor-to-shooter chain' for acting on 'actionable intelligence,'" according to a document released earlier this month. The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Roadmap 2005-2030, released Aug. 4 with more than 200 pages, explains these diverse systems range from "micro air vehicles, weighing less than a pound, to massive aircraft weighing more...
  • U.S. struggles on China-war planning - top officer(finding a right mix)

    06/29/2005 8:19:02 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 27 replies · 980+ views
    Reuters ^ | 06/29/05
    U.S. struggles on China-war planning - top officer Wed Jun 29, 2005 03:18 PM ET WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Defense Department is struggling to determine the right mix of bombers and other warplanes to fight China if it ever became necessary, President Bush's choice to become the next Air Force chief of staff said on Wednesday. Lining up such firepower would top his list of priorities if confirmed as the Air Force's top military officer, Gen. Michael Moseley said at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Moseley said the right mix of long-range strike capabilities was "certainly...
  • France wants to rapidly close large unmanned aircraft technology gap they have with the Americans

    06/22/2005 5:39:50 AM PDT · by FraudFactor.com · 55 replies · 1,166+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | June 22, 2005 | Marc Daugherty
    France wants to rapidly close large unmanned aircraft technology gap they have with the Americans "France fully acknowledges Israel's experience in the development of advanced pilotless aircraft. We strongly feel France must rapidly close the large gap existing between us and the Americans in this field," said Francois Moysan to The Jerusalem Post. Moysan is a project engineer for the French Defense Ministry Armaments Directorate. Moysan also said IAI would team up with European defense giant EADS in a new $350 million French contract for the joint development of EuroMALE - a high-altitude, long-range, wide-body drone. "EuroMALE will be...
  • Coyotes and Foxes and 'Big Eyes' ... Oh My! (New Navy Technology - on display for Fleet Week, NYC)

    05/29/2005 9:28:18 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 2 replies · 739+ views
    FNC ^ | 5-29-05 | Catherine Donaldson-Evans
    NEW YORK — The seafaring boat houses a coyote, a silver fox and a creature dubbed "Big Eyes" — but it isn't a modern-day Noah's Ark. Called the Star Fish, this little ship carries the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Afloat Lab onboard to show off all the latest technological wizardry the U.S. military can use — in the Iraq war, Afghanistan and elsewhere in the world. The Coyote, Silver Fox and "Big Eyes" are the names of two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) (search) and a giant set of long-range binoculars, respectively. They're in New York Harbor for the Navy's...
  • Unmanned aircraft flight future challenging

    04/06/2005 10:40:54 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies · 549+ views
    Valley Press ^ | on Wednesday, April 6, 2005. | ALLISON GATLIN
    WASHINGTON - The day is fast approaching when unmanned aircraft of all sizes and purposes will ply the skies, sharing the airspace with the now familiar manned airplanes. Before this future may become a reality, however, the means must be found for these unpiloted aircraft to operate in harmony with others without the safety net of a human in the cockpit to see the surrounding airspace. The task of establishing the means for unmanned vehicles to participate fully in the national airspace falls to the Federal Aviation Administration. "Our job is to make sure the vehicles and the environment they...
  • Homo Sapiens:Scientist plunges into work creating deep-sea probes(300km trip on the sea bottom)

    03/26/2005 7:23:37 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 531+ views
    Asahi Shimbun ^ | 03/26/05 | TOSHIHIDE UEDA
    Homo Sapiens:Scientist plunges into work creating deep-sea probes 03/26/2005 By TOSHIHIDE UEDA,The Asahi Shimbun Developing a robot that can independently quarry the secrets of the deep sea is Taro Aoki's dream. For now, the closest he has come is the ``Urashima,'' an autonomous underwater vehicle developed by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture. Aoki, 57, is the program director for the Urashima, which takes its name from a traditional Japanese folk-tale character who rode a sea turtle and visited a deep-sea castle. The real Urashima is loaded with state-of-the-art technology. Cable-less and unmanned,...
  • Boeing Receives First Engines for X-45C Unmanned Combat Aircraft

    11/26/2004 1:22:19 PM PST · by dumpdaschle · 70 replies · 2,471+ views
    Boeing.com ^ | November 18, 2004 | Boeing
    ST. LOUIS, November 18, 2004 - The Boeing [NYSE: BA] Company accepted the first two engines for the Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems (J-UCAS) X-45C aircraft program Nov. 10 in a ceremony held at a General Electric plant in Lynn, Mass. Boeing is building three X-45C aircraft in St. Louis as part of the J-UCAS program. Each of the aircraft will be powered by a single F404 engine. "With the F404 engine, the X-45C will be able to fly a combat radius of more than 1,200 nautical miles, cruise at 0.80 Mach, reach altitudes of 40,000 feet and carry...
  • Northrop wins $1 billion deal for 3 [UCAV Bomber] aircraft

    08/20/2004 5:44:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 470+ views
    Valley Press ^ | on Thursday, August 19, 2004. | ALLISON GATLIN
    PALMDALE - Northrop Grumman Corp. will build three unmanned X-47B aircraft and their associated systems under a $1 billion contract awarded Wednesday. The contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is part of the Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems demonstration program, intended to produce the technologies for unmanned aerial vehicles capable of delivering munitions. The three vehicles will be assembled at Northrop's facility at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale. Company officials, however, do not foresee a large increase in employment at the site due to this contract, said Jim Hart, Northrop spokesman. The X-47B is expected to begin...
  • Israel used unmanned drones to track, kill Hamas

    10/22/2003 5:55:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies · 208+ views
    WorldTribune.co, ^ | 10-22-2003 | staff
    TEL AVIV — Israel's air force has employed unmanned air vehicles for targeting in airborne counter-insurgency operations against Hamas and other groups. For the first time, Tuesday, Israel went public with footage taken during the operation. In an unusual move, details of the UAV operation were disclosed on Tuesday in wake of five air attacks on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian sources said 12 people were killed in the strikes on Gaza City and the Nusseirat refugee camp. The UAV video disputes Palestinian claims that the Apache fired missiles in a crowd of people that surrounded the car....
  • New Unmanned U.S. Spy Planes to Patrol North Korea's Border

    09/23/2003 6:58:32 AM PDT · by bedolido · 4 replies · 264+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 09/23/03 | Staff Writer
    <p>SEOUL, South Korea — The U.S. military in South Korea said Tuesday it will begin flying its newest unmanned spy planes near the border with North Korea (search) this week.</p> <p>The Shadow 200 Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (search) will help the U.S. military to monitor North Korean military activities along the 2-mile-wide, 155-mile-long Demilitarized Zone (search) between the two Koreas.</p>
  • Spartan Unmanned Surface Vehicle Envisioned for Array of High-Risk Missions

    05/07/2003 8:22:46 AM PDT · by Stand Watch Listen · 2 replies · 369+ views
    SEAPOWER navyleague.org ^ | May 2003 | DAVID VERGUN
    The Naval Undersea Warfare Center believes it has a winner in the Spartan, an unmanned surface vehicle designed for an array of high-risk missions including intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and mine warfare in the littorals. The remotely controlled Spartan is semi-autonomous, 7 feet to 11 feet in length, and has a rigid hull supported by an inflatable collar, or sponson. Spartan is capable of carrying payloads up to 3,200 pounds at high speed to ranges up to 14 miles, and will be controlled from the parent vessel by a controller using a keyboard or a mouse with a graphical user interface....
  • U.S. Using More Than 10 Types Of UAVs In Iraq War, Official Says

    04/02/2003 4:34:31 PM PST · by vannrox · 14 replies · 285+ views
    Aerospace Daily ^ | FR Post 4-2-2003 | By Marc Selinger
    The U.S. military is using more than 10 types of unmanned aerial vehicles to support operations in Iraq, more than three times the number used in Afghanistan, a defense official said March 26. The aircraft being used for Iraq provide a "broad range of capabilities" and include the Army's Hunter, Pointer and Shadow; the Marine Corps' Dragon Eye and Pioneer; and the Air Force's Force Protection Surveillance System, Global Hawk and Predator, said Dyke Weatherington, deputy of the Defense Department's UAV planning task force. In addition, several other small systems are supporting specialized requirements. Only three systems - Global Hawk,...
  • Planetary Society Anticipates Next Century of Flight

    12/31/2002 8:56:47 AM PST · by RightWhale · 31 replies · 264+ views
    spaceref.com ^ | 31 Dec 02 | staff
    Planetary Society Anticipates Next Century of Flight 2003 will end a century of flight it began in 1903 at Kitty Hawk and will extend to Mars, when a band of seven spacecraft continue humanity's exploration of the Red Planet. Next year will also see the advent of solar sailing, a technology that could take us to the stars, when The Planetary Society launches its Cosmos 1 mission. "It's incredible to think that only 100 years ago, Orville and Wilbur Wright demonstrated in 12 seconds that powered flight was more than a possibility. And now we are taking the first...
  • Iran Says Found Wreckage of Unmanned Plane + Turkish Daily Says U.S., Israel Use Turkey's Bases

    06/15/2002 7:52:02 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 245+ views
    Tehran Times ^ | June 15 2002
    TEHRAN - Iran has found the wreckage of an unmanned plane close to its western border with iraq, Iranian newspapers said on Thursday. "The wreckage of a totally destroyed unmanned plane has been found in Kurdestan Province," newspapers quoted Government Spokesman Abdollah Ramazanzadeh as saying. Turkish Daily Says U.S., Israel Use Turkey's Bases to Spy on IranTehran Times, June 15 2002 TEHRAN - The U.S. and Israel have long been using Turkey's air bases to conduct reconnaissance flights over Iran's territory, according to the Turkish daily **Yeni Shafaq**. The daily reported that an American drone, which both took and transmitted...
  • Iraq Says It Has Downed Allied Drone

    05/27/2002 11:19:45 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 216+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | May 27 2002
    BAGHDAD, Iraq- Iraqi state radio reported Monday that Iraq had downed an allied reconnaissance drone in northern Iraq, but the United States dismissed the report. The radio said an unmanned "enemy" reconnaissance plane flew over northern Iraq on Sunday morning on a spying mission. Iraqi military statements use the term "enemy" aircraft for the U.S. and British planes that patrol "no fly" zones over northern and southern Iraq. "It was detected and controlled by Iraqi air defense units through our special means," the radio said, quoting an unidentified military spokesman. "The plane was forced to land inside Iraq territory." In...
  • Weapons of Precise Destruction: How snipers in the sky might...revive the practice of assassination

    05/18/2002 5:47:36 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 64 replies · 529+ views
    Technology Review ^ | 5/10/02 | Richard A. Muller
    Saddam Hussein has not been seen publicly for the past year. He did not attend his recent 65th birthday celebration, despite the fact that young girls were dressed as suicide bombers—a sight that he must have hated to miss. But he has good reason to fear the outdoors. A Predator may be lurking there, patiently waiting for its intended prey—him. The Predator, with a capital P, is a new weapon in the United States arsenal, although it is based on nearly a century of development. It is revolutionary, not because it is new, but because of a combination of technologies...