AeroVironment Provides Raven UAS to Portuguese Army

AeroVironment has announced that it has been awarded a contract to provide Raven unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) equipped with Mantis i23 sensors and pocket Remote Video Terminals (p/RVT) for the Portuguese Army, with delivery scheduled over a three-year period. “AeroVironment’s Raven unmanned aircraft system, equipped with our Mantis i23 gimbaled sensor suite and pocket Remote Video…

UAVOS Completes Flight Tests of New Fixed-Wing UAV

UAVOS Inc. has announced that it has completed a series of test flights with its new Sitaria fixed–wing UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle). The new UAV is designed for patrol and observation missions, and for aerial photography of terrain area with a radius of up to 120 km. It has also been designed to work with a…

FLIR Black Hornet 3 Nano-UAV

FLIR recently announced the next generation Black Hornet 3 nano-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the latest version of the world’s smallest combat-proven personal reconnaissance system. Built for use by global militaries, government agencies, and first responders, the Black Hornet 3 provides short-range surveillance day or night, enabling the personnel to maintain situational awareness, threat detection, and surveillance no…

History of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone, is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard. UAVs are a component of an unmanned aircraft system (UAS); which include a UAV, a ground-based controller, and a system of communications between the two. The flight of UAVs may operate with various degrees of autonomy: either under remote control by a…

RQ-11B Raven UAV – the most popular fixed-wing military drone

  Primary Function Reconnaissance and surveillance with low altitude operation Contractor Aerovironment, Inc. Services USN, USMC, USAF, US Army Power Plant Electric Motor, rechargeable lithium ion batteries Wingspan 4.5 feet (1.37 meters) Weight 4.2 lbs (1.9 kilograms) Weight (ground control unit) 17 lbs (7.7 kilograms) Speed 30-60 mph (26-52 knots) Range 8-12 km (4.9-7.45 miles)…

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…

Precise Handcrafting

Watching my website somebody asked: what means “Precise Handcrafting”? So, the japanese lithium-ion #battery cells inside a battery pack comes from the same lot, rank, and initial charging date, and all are preselected to have identical weight (maximum weight margins of 0.001 grams) We use high quality polarized gold-plated connectors and strong wiring-harnesses. Why all that? To…

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…

Arctic UAV Inc. to Distribute High Eye Platforms

Arctic UAV Inc., an Iqaluit based aerial imaging provider using unmanned systems has recently signed a distribution agreement with High Eye from the Netherlands to sell their unmanned helicopter system to Canadian, Greenlandic & Alaskan markets. The Unmanned helicopter system will be marketed as the Ukpik HEF32 UAV System and has the following features: learn more

Back in time: Solar-powered UAV from AC Propulsion flies two days straight

June 2005. An electric-motor driven UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) recently completed a 48-hr nonstop test flight using only solar energy.   The SoLong unmanned aerial vehicle from AC Propulsion recently flew over 48 hr nonstop fueled only by solar energy. The plane sports a wingspan of 4.75 m and weighs 12.6 kg. The two-day test…

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…