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Quantum and ESG Present New UAVs at Paris Airshow

German unmanned systems manufacturer Quantum Systems and missions systems integration partner ESG jointly debuted a pair of small mock-up ISR UAVs – Vector and Scorpion at Le Bourget. Sharing a range of common features including a glass fibre airframe, detachable EO/IR gimbal, mesh IP encrypted data link and a Quantum

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Altitude Angel Partners with FOCA on Swiss U-Space Implementation Platform

Altitude Angel, a global unmanned traffic management (UTM) provider, is to join the Swiss civil aviation authority (FOCA) development programme to establish a U-Space regulatory framework. FOCA established the Swiss U-Space Implementation (SUSI) platform and invited businesses from across the globe to help advance its understanding and regulatory model around

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Military UFO made a Midwest Appearance

In the sky above Kansas City drifted unknown floating objects peculiar enough that the National Weather Service felt compelled to tweet, “We honestly have no explanation for the floating objects over Kansas City,” along with a blurry picture of two orbs set above the clouds. As much as the internet

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Kratos Target Drone Factory Expanding

The shop floors of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc.’s buildings in Sacramento are bustling with activity as the factories are expanding into new space and the company is filling more orders for target drones for the military. Earlier this month, San Diego-based Kratos (Nasdaq: KTOS) received new orders from

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Drone Management Platform integrates business and technical tools for the first time to halve operating costs

Dronecloud, the drone management software company, today announced the launch of its Drone Management, cloud-based software platform. The platform can halve project overheads by simplifying end-to-end workflow. It integrates all drone operations, from client communications to flight planning and it automatically creates a regulation-compliant audit trail through partnerships with global

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Waiver Watch Continues

We (editorial we) broke the “Asleep At The Bait And Switch” story on the 12th of June 2019: https://www.suasnews.com/2019/06/asleep-at-the-bait-and-switch/ As is now becoming customary, the square game folks (unwashed end-users) reach out with their appreciative emails, texts, and phone calls, encouraged that someone is still looking out for them. The

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AIRT and APD Team Up to Promote Disaster Resiliency via Drones throughout the Caribbean and Latin America

Non-profit organizations will help train first responders and emergency managers on using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and related technologies for emergencies and disasters. MIAMI – The Airborne International Response Team (AIRT), a Florida-based 501(c)3 non-profit and non-governmental organization has announced a new partnership with the Asociación de Profesionales de Drones

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Leonardo Unveils Falco Xplorer at Paris Airshow

Dominating Leonardo’s Le Bourget static exhibit is the company’s newest unmanned air vehicle, the Falco Xplorer, which was unveiled at the show today with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in attendance. Building on the experience gained on previous variants, the Falco Xplorer is the largest UAV the Italian company has

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Safran’s Patroller Undertakes Qualification Test Flights

The Patroller tactical drone, developed and produced in France by Safran Electronics & Defense, has started the final phase of the industrial qualification at the Istres DGA flight test center in southern France. Patroller has already made more than 220 flights, clearly demonstrating that it meets all assigned criteria: automated

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Textron Completes Testing of Shadow Block III Upgrades

Textron has confirmed that it has completed test flights of the Block III upgrade configuration for its Shadow UAV, which when introduced will add more capability and reliability to the U.S. Army’s in-service fleet. Conducted at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, the five-week test campaign completed last has

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Syrian Army Downs Drone Flying over Air Force Base in Hama

Syrian air defense systems have intercepted and shot down an unmanned aerial vehicles launched by members of al-Nusra Front in the country’s western-central province of Hama. Syria’s official news agency SANA reported on Saturday that Syrian army reconnaissance teams were able to detect the aircraft as it was approaching Hama

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Airbus and French Region Team for UAV Deliveries

Airbus and the Hauts-de-France region have signed a framework partnership agreement to assess the economic development potential of air deliveries on a regional scale. This agreement was signed in the presence of Xavier Bertrand, President of the Hauts-de-France region, Antoine Bouvier, Head of Strategy at Airbus, Alain Storck, President of

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Altitude Angel partners with the Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) on Swiss U-Space implementation (SUSI) platform

Altitude Angel, the world’s foremost unmanned traffic management (UTM) provider, is to join the Swiss civil aviation authority (FOCA) development programme to establish a U-Space regulatory framework. FOCA established the Swiss U-Space Implementation (SUSI) platform and invited businesses from across the globe to help advance its understanding and regulatory model

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Zala Lancet loitering munition

Kalashnikov is presenting a new precision UAV weapon system “ZALA LANCET” at the international forum “Army 2019”. Testing of this UAV system is already completed. “ZALA LANCET” is a smart multipurpose weapon, capable of autonomously finding and hitting a target. The weapon system consists of a precision strike component, reconnaissance,

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The Business Model for UAS – Geosyntec Consultants

Leveraging UAS technology across surveying and engineering sectors is demanding. The expectations of accuracy and accountability require the best in expertise, methodology, and equipment. Using the latest UAS photogrammetric hardware and software, surveyors are now capturing 10s of millions of survey measurements on the ground, where they would previously have

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Russia’s MiG Developing Drone Wingman Concept for Fighters

The Russian government has accepted its first two MiG-35 aircraft, the latest multirole fighter made by MiG Russian Aircraft Corporation that straddles fourth-and-fifth generation capability, according to a company spokesperson. But beyond supplying new MiGs to the Russian air force, MiG is currently designing and developing drones to pair up

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Italian Government Saves Piaggio Aerospace with €700M Orders

During a meeting held last Thursday in Rome, the Italian Defence Ministry confirmed its commitments on multiple orders to Piaggio Aerospace for a total amount of approximately 700 million euros. Taking part in the meeting were representatives of the Italian Government, Piaggio Aerospace’s Extraordinary Receiver, local authorities from the Liguria

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