Tagged: Research

Chinese Air Force May Be Getting a Hypersonic Drone

Chinese researchers say that they have made major strides toward designing a hypersonic drone. In a peer-reviewed paper in the journal Tactical Missile Technology, Beihang University’s Dai Fei and his team posited that they have made significant progress on a classified hypersonic drone model. Their work, first reported by the

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Defense Digital Service to Transfer C-UAS Tech to Air Force

The Defense Digital Service (DDS) is planning to transfer its technologies to sense and detect small unmanned aerial systems to the Air Force Research Lab at the end of the month. AFRL’s NINJA counter-sUAS program will absorb DDS’s drone-sensing capabilities, including its high-fidelity long-range sensor and user interface for integrating

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New Abu Dhabi Facility Tests Drone Swarms in Urban Areas

The Technology Innovation Institute, the applied research pillar of Abu Dhabi’s Advanced Technology Research Council, has opened a motion-capture testing ground to conduct real-world scenarios with drones in an augmented reality or mixed reality environment. Simulation is key, according to the research team, because unleashing a swarm of cloud-connected drones

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UAV Corp Successfully Tests Hybrid Electric Airship

UAV Corp’s Skyborne Technology (STI), Research in Flight (RIF) as Prime contractor, Auburn University and Gulf Coast State College have successfully tested the pre-flight systems of the U.S. Airforce AFWERX program prototype the DATT MA 600 (Detachable Airship from a Tether Technology) Hybrid Electric Extended Range Airship with

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AFRL to collaborate with India on Air Launched UAVs

Wright-Patterson AFR OH (AFNS) Sep 07, 2021 –

Under the auspices of the U.S.-India Defense Technology and Trade, the U.S. Air Force has signed an agreement for joint development of Air Launched UAVs with India’s Defence Research and Development Organization. The milestone agreement is the first such technical project agreement under

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U.S., India sign $22M agreement to develop unmanned aerial vehicles

Washington DC (UPI) Sep 3, 2021 –

The United States and India signed an agreement to co-develop air-launched unmanned aerial vehicles, the U.S. Air Force announced Friday.

The agreement is the first project planned under the U.S.-India Defense Technology and Trade Initiative, which was designed to promote technology exchange, cooperative research and

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New funding available: Future Flight Phase III now open

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £65 million in innovation projects. Projects must demonstrate integrated aviation systems and underpinning technologies that enable new classes of electric or autonomous air vehicles. Your proposal must focus on developing the enabling technologies that support the operation of

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Red Cat Holdings Appoints Geoffrey Hitchcock as Senior Vice President of Global Defense Solutions

Red Cat Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: RCAT) (“Red Cat” or the “Company”), a hardware-enabled software provider to the drone industry, announces the appointment of Geoffrey Hitchcock as its Senior Vice President of Global Defense Solutions. In this role, Mr. Hitchcock will research and identify all military opportunities for the Teal Golden

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SoftBank Corp. and HAPSMobile Accelerate High Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) R&D to provide stable and high-quality connectivity for future commercial services

HAPS research results receive awards from Japan’s Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE) SoftBank Corp. (“SoftBank”) and its subsidiary HAPSMobile Inc. (“HAPSMobile”) are advancing research and development (R&D) activities in preparation for commercial services that deliver connectivity from the stratosphere with stable and high-quality network coverage using High

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MetroWeather Supports TruWeather Solutions’ NASA SBIR Contract

Metro Weather Co., Ltd. , a Kyoto-based company providing high-precision information on wind conditions using compact, high-performance Doppler Lidar*, and TruWeather Solutions, Inc., a micro weather data and analytics company, have announced a collaborative contract to support “Urban Weather Sensing Infrastructure”, TruWeather’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract with

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DHS Funds Washington Startup to Test Metamaterial-Based Radar

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) awarded $454,099 to Echodyne Corporation of Kirkland, Washington, to continue critical research and development on new radar systems using metamaterials. DHS awarded the funds through a Phase 5 Other Transaction Agreement with S&T’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP). Previous

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MZA Associates Gets $19M US Navy C-UAS Laser Weapon Contract

Officials of the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) in Arlington, Va., announced an $18.7 million contract to MZA Associates to develop the counter unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAS) High Energy Laser Weapon System (HELWS). MZA engineers will design, develop, deliver, integrate, test, and demonstrate a compact, portable, low-cost and reliable

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Microwave-Powered Rocket Propulsion Gets a Boost

Researchers led by the University of Tsukuba are using drone experiments to explore the possibility of launching rockets using a high-power beam of microwave radiation. Sending a rocket into space typically requires about 90% of the rocket’s initial weight to be fuel. This limitation could be overcome by wirelessly transmitting

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Robotic Research Awarded SBIR Phase II Contract from Defense Threat Reduction Agency

Robotic Research, LLC (rr.ai), a global leader in autonomous technology and solutions, announced today that it was awarded this summer a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II contract from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). As part of the two-year contract, Robotic Research will increase the capacity of its

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Flying taxis and short haul plane journeys powered by hydrogen: how the future of flight could look in 2030

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the UK’s research and innovation agency, has set out its vision for the future of air travel in Britain. Compiled by leading experts from industry, academia and government, the Future Flight Vision and Roadmap sets out how zero emission air travel within and between British

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SCHIEBEL CAMCOPTER S-100 Completes Successful Flight Trials for US Navy

Schiebel Aircraft and Areté Associates successfully showcased the CAMCOPTER S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) combined with Areté’s Pushbroom Imaging Lidar for Littoral Surveillance (PILLS) sensor to the US Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR). In a combined demonstration sponsored by the US Office of Naval Research (ONR) on a commercial

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Ohio Federal Research Network project update: Event 38 tests first flight of UAS E450 – Successfully Demonstrating Advanced Battery Technology

On June 23, 2021, Event 38 Event 38 Unmanned Systems Inc. successfully tested the first flight of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) E450 at the Event 38 field in Richfield, Ohio under the Federal Aviation Administration’s Part 107 flight rules. The flight was 20 minutes in duration and completed the objective

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PAWR Program Wins FCC Spectrum Innovation Zone Status in Raleigh and Boston

The Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and an industry consortium of 35 leading wireless companies, today announced that the Federal Communications Commission has awarded Innovation Zone status to PAWR test sites in Raleigh, North Carolina and Boston, Massachusetts. In Raleigh, the

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RPS Wins Contract Award on ASTRO Manned and Unmanned IDIQ

Remotely Piloted Solutions, LLC (RPS), a leading provider in defense services headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is excited to announce GSA ASTRO award for Pool 1 Data Operations. ASTRO is a contract vehicle for research, development, maintenance, support and operation of manned, optionally manned and unmanned platforms and robotics systems. ASTRO

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Researchers Power Drone in Flight by Microwave Beam

In a study published this month in the Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, researchers led by the University of Tsukuba have demonstrated wireless power transmission via microwaves for a free-flying drone and determined the efficiency of this process. Previous analyses of this kind were carried out decades ago and mostly

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Insect Inspired Self-Righting for Fixed-Wing Drones

If a ladybug lands upside down, it will use its elytra to balance and then right itself in no timA research team at the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland was inspired to create the same kind of advantage for fixed-wing drones. Lead by doctoral

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NASA Boosts Electra’s Research and Development

The National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) has signed a contract with Electra.aero to mature enabling aerodynamic “blown lift” technologies for electric ultra-short takeoff and landing (eSTOL) aircraft in advanced air mobility applications. Electra teamed with Dr. Alejandra Uranga, Gabilan Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California’s (USC) Department

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General Atomics Unveils New ‘LongShot’ Aircraft-Launched Air-to-Air Combat Drone Rendering

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has revealed for the first time an artist’s impression of a missile-carrying air-to-air combat drone that it is developing as part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s LongShot program. LongShot will launch from larger UAS or human-crewed aircraft and charge into hostile airspace armed with

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