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Russia’s Orion Gets Gunship’s Navigation System

The Orion advanced reconnaissance and surveillance drones received the navigation system of the Mi-28NM helicopter that is capable of operating autonomously, the press office of Radio-Electronic Technologies Group (KRET) reported. The strapdown inertial navigation system produced by specialists of the Ramensky Instrument-Making Factory (part of KRET) is designated to determine

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Heliguy Partners with SOARIZON on Training

HELIGUY.com and SOARIZON by Thales enter into new partnership; Drone pilots trained by HELIGUY.com will be offered discounted access to SOARIZON’S drone operations management platform; SOARIZON’s digital drone planning software provides operators with advanced mission planning capabilities; HELIGUY.com is training drone pilots through Blackbox – an online drone training portal.

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Germany Renews Contract with Airbus for Heron in Mali

Germany’s Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has signed a renewed service contract agreement with Airbus Defence and Space for Heron I unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) services in operation in Afghanistan and Mali. Airbus on 9 July said in Mali, Heron I services have been

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Parrot and Hoverseen Offer Drone-in-a-Box Solutions

Parrot announced that it is partnering with Hoverseen, a French automatic drone solution provider. Through this partnership, enterprises can now use Parrot ANAFI drones as an automated, drone-in-a-box surveillance solution capable of dispatching and charging itself from a lightweight docking and recharging station. Parrot’s ANAFI, ANAFI Thermal and new ANAFI

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Benefits of using DO Compliant Autopilot for UAM & UAV Certification

As previously discussed in our post describing the standards for UAV certification, international regulations are aimed at subjecting drones & eVTOL to airworthiness processes equivalent to Type Certificates or international standards TSOs (Technical Standard Orders) / ETSOs commonly used in manned aviation. There are many standards and regulations applicable at

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Intermap partners with Zipline

Intermap announced a contract with Zipline (www.flyzipline.com) to deliver crucial geospatial Elevation-as-a-Service to support their expanding medical operations in Africa, including on-demand emergency response to COVID-19 outbreaks. The subscription contract has been urgently upsized following its successful proof of concept. This deal marks Intermap’s return to the African market, and

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World entering new military ‘drone age’: UN expert

Geneva (AFP) July 9, 2020 –

The world is entering a military “second drone age” with uncontrolled proliferation and no standards governing their use, a United Nations expert told the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday.

Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said the global

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State Department approves $23M sale of Black Hawk to Jordan

Washington DC (UPI) Jul 07, 2020 –

The State Department has approved the possible $23 million deal to sell one UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter and related equipment to the government of Jordan, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced Tuesday.

According to the DSCA, Jordan’s government asked to buy one UH-60M Black Hawk

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Northrop Grumman system to be interim anti-drone solution

Washington DC (UPI) Jul 08, 2020 –
The anti-drone defense system of Northrop Grumman Corp. was selected by the Defense Department for short-term use, the company announced on Wednesday.

The Forward Area Air Defense Command and Control, or FAAD C2, system, is the platform of choice until a permanent solution is developed,

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B-47 Stratojet Idiot’s Loop to Toss Atomic Bombs

In this 1957 video, a 110-foot long, 116-foot wide, 133,000-pound Boeing B-47 bomber pulls a tight upside down maneuver after releasing its payload. The technique was so risky that pilots called it the “Idiot’s Loop.” Not only was the plane at risk from extreme aerodynamic and gravitational loads, it would

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First UAS Test Site to Open in Russia in Late 2021

The UAS Test Site (Droneport) is scheduled to open in the end of 2021. At the moment Droneport is under construction, but it is already possible to take advantage of some of its features like, for example, test lab for UAVs. In 2019 International Aero Navigation Systems Concern JSC (IANS)

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Drone Delivery Canada Preps Entry into US Market

Drone Delivery Canada Corp. has announced that it has commenced the process to enter the USA market as a drone delivery operator. The Company is in discussions with various potential US-based partners who have expressed positive interest in working with DDC to provide the Company’s proprietary systems to support drone

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Elbit Systems Integrates Mini-UAS on Seagull USV

Elbit Systems is expanding the operational capabilities of the Seagull Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) beyond Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Mines Countermeasure (MCM). Trials conducted in recent weeks were dedicated to the integration of a mini-Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), onboard the Seagull USV, further enhancing its intelligence gathering capabilities. The shipborne

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Sky-Futures wins multi-year global telecoms contract for drone-based tower surveys

Sky-Futures Partners Ltd (an ICR company) has been awarded a four-year global framework contract for the provision of drone-based cell site surveys by a Scandinavian, multinational network and telecommunications company. Under the contract, Sky-Futures will be required to support the scope of work on a global scale, using its operational

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Skyports collaborates with Vodafone and Deloitte on space-enabled drone deliveries for NHS in Scotland in COVID-19 response funding initiative

London, United Kingdom (UK), Friday 10 July 2020 – Drone delivery service provider Skyports has collaborated with technology communications company Vodafone and digital consultants Deloitte to transport medical supplies and samples for the NHS in Scotland using drones. The live flights will take place later this year and will use

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Safer Unmanned Aircraft with the SAMA – SHM Project

Politecnico di Milano, the leading institution of the European project SAMAS – SHM (Application to Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems– Structural Health Monitoring), has designed, implemented and tested a real-time structural monitoring system that allows to estimate aerodynamic loads and real-time identification of impact on the aircraft in order to instantly

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FlytBase Announces Technology Alliance with RAWview

The protection of property, equipment & other high-value assets against threats is a critical,24/7 market need. The unprecedented pandemic has pushed the labour-intensive securityservices sector to look for automation solutions that can complement human resources,without any compromise in efficiency. Drone solutions for security have emerged as viablealternatives to traditional security

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Flight Paths Help Pinpoint Malicious Drone Operators

Academics from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) have demonstrated a potential means of being able to pinpoint the location of operators. In a research paper , “Can the operator of a drone be located by following the drone’s path?,” published this month, the research team explored how analysis

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FAA and Switzerland to Harmonise UAS Safety Standards

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Switzerland Federal Office of Civil Aviation announced that they have reached an agreement in harmonizing domestic and international safety standards for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). This agreement builds on U.S and Swiss efforts to ensure that the fastest growing and broadest segment

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GA-ASI Conducts Japan Coast Guard Validation Flights

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) announced that it will partner with Asia Air Survey (AAS) to hold a series of validation flights for the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) featuring GA-ASI’s SeaGuardian beginning in mid-September. The purpose of the flights is to validate the wide-area maritime surveillance capabilities of RPAS

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