AeroVironment Puma II AE

AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for both defense and commercial applications, and MDA, a Maxar Technologies company, announced the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has acquired the AeroVironmentPuma™ II AE,  maritime mini unmanned aircraft system, for fielding aboard RCN Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDV).  The Puma II AE systems will…

Canadian Navy to Integrate Maritime UAS Capabilities

MDA, a provider of robotics and defense technologies, has announced that it has signed a contract with Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND) to provide Maritime Miniature Unmanned Aircraft Systems (MMUAS). The contract also includes services to support training, resource and equipment development activities and development and validation of naval tactics and new capability development….

Northrop Grumman Provides Test Bed for DARPA UAS & UGV Swarm Program

Northrop Grumman Corporation has announced that it has been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as a Phase 1 Swarm Systems Integrator for the Agency’s OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program. As part of the program, Northrop Grumman will launch its first open architecture test bed and is seeking participants to create and test their own…

UAV or UAS?

An Unmanned Aerial, or Air, Vehicle (UAV) is according to MSN Encarta an “uncrewed reconnaissance vehicle: an uncrewed aerial vehicle that can fly over combat zones and staging areas, dropping supplies to troops, releasing bombs, carrying out reconnaissance on enemy forces.”  This definition would have everyone believe that UAVs are only used in military scenarios.  This…

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS)

Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 mandates the Agency to regulate Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and in particular Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), when used for civil applications and with an operating mass of 150 Kg or more. Experimental or amateur build RPAS, military and non-military governmental RPAS flights, civil RPAS below 150 Kg as well as model…

NASA Hosts Industry Day for Unmanned Aircraft in National Airspace Collaboration

NASA Aeronautics is heavily involved in developing solutions for safe integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the national airspace. NASA has two UAS projects that work in lock-step with the Federal Aviation Administration to address the challenges facing UAS integration across the full spectrum of aircraft type and sizes, and the environments in which they…

FAA Drone Integration Pilot Program – Trumps announcement explained

President Trump issued an executive memorandum to the Department of Transportation telling them to implement the drone integration pilot program described in the memo. The idea is a state, local, or tribal government working with a non-government entity applies to the FAA to have an “innovation zone” designated in their area to develop and safely…

Drone measures effect of wind turbines on farmland

Embry-Riddle Aeronautics University used a small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to study the effects of wind turbines on farmland beneath them and found that they can impact soil, crops and livestock. Farmers can earn extra income by allowing wind turbines to be placed in their fields. Based on data collected from the UAS, researchers discovered…