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GA-ASI Hosts High-Tech Aerospace Innovation Event with Starburst Accelerator

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), in partnership with Starburst Accelerator, a global aerospace and aviation incubator, hosted a selection committee entitled “The Future Is Now” at its headquarters in Poway, California on December 1st. The showcase featured pitch-style presentations from 10 aerospace startups sharing technology and innovations to

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Biologists with Drones on a Mission to Save Ferrets

In central Montana, drones are dropping peanut butter pellets on prairie dog colonies. It’s part of an effort by biologists to save North America’s most endangered mammal — the black-footed ferret (or as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service calls it, the BFF). Prairie dogs make up the vast majority

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Aeronyde Receives $4.7M Seed Funding for UTM System

Aeronyde, the aerial systems company enabling safe autonomous urban flight, announced $4.7 million in seed financing to develop its end-to-end infrastructure for self-flying vehicles. Aeronyde is the first company to integrate artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) into a full-service system for the safe and secure operation of commercial

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Russian Sappers Learned Drone-Aided Mine Disarming in Syria

Early in December, personnel of Russia’s International Anti-Mining Center demonstrated new equipment commissioned by sapper units. In particular, the center’s experts showed how to deactivate a mine using a drone, Dmitry Klochko, director of LocMas who had attended the event told Mil.Today. “To neutralize mines, we use small and very

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General Atomics Gets $25M French Air Force Contract

General Atomics – Aeronautical Systems Inc. has been awarded a $24,924,266 option (002606) to a previously awarded contract (FA8620-15-G-4040) for MQ-9 contractor logistics support phase 2. The contractor will provide an additional period of contractor logistics support for the French air force. Work will be performed in Poway,

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Black Swift Technologies and Leptron Unmanned Aircraft Systems Join Forces to Deliver American-Made Advanced Capability Fixed-Wing UAS

GeoSwift Mapper Built on the Same UAS Platform Embraced by NASA, NOAA, and Other Leading Scientific Agencies Boulder, CO – (December 12, 2017) – With a legacy of delivering reliable, robust, and highly accurate small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), Black Swift Technologies (BST), a specialized engineering firm based in Boulder,

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Clear Flight Solutions Raises €2.6M Series B Investment

Clear Flight Solutions has raised €2.6 million from AERIUM Analytics Inc.in Calgary, Canada and the Cottonwood Euro Technology Fund. This investment, the first close of a targeted Series B investment of €6 million, allows Clear Flight Solutions to further strengthen its purpose to save, preserve and protect both nature and

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Altavian Awarded GSA Schedule Contract

Altavian, Inc., a manufacturer of UAV systems and components, announced that it was awarded General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule contract 47QSWA18D0008. This contract facilitates agencies of the U.S. government to acquire Altavian’s UAV products. Altavian is the first U.S.-based UAV hardware manufacturer awarded a GSA Schedule contract. “Altavian is committed

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Advanced Aircraft Hybrid Successful US Navy Trials

On November 28th and 29th, Advanced Aircraft Company conducted a flight demonstration of its Hybrid Advanced Multi-Rotor (HAMR) on the US Navy’s M80 Stiletto, based in Little Creek, VA. The HAMR unmanned aerial system (UAS) is a vertical takeoff and landing multi-rotor that has a greatly increased range and endurance

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Pentagon Performance to Get $50M UN Congo Surveillance Contract

Pentagon Performance Inc. (PPI), a South Jersey based Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) manufacturing company, has received Notice of Consideration for Award of a $50 million contract to provide intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance services to the United Nations MONUSCO mission located in the Democratic Republic of Congo. PPI’s Medium Altitude

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Egypt Bans Drones

Egypt’s parliament approved a new law during Tuesday’s general session which prohibits the use or possession of unmanned aerial vehicles, commercially known as drones, without a license from the Ministry of Defense. Concerns about the potential use of drones to conduct acts of terrorism were central to parliamentary debate on

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Global Aerospace Names DARTdrones as UAV Training Partner

Dartdrones, a provider of UAV training, and Global Aerospace, a provider of aerospace insurance and risk management solutions, have announced a partnership that will provide small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) operators with exclusive resources and opportunities to increase the safety culture within the drone industry. DARTdrones will be the exclusive

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India Loses Heron, Secretive Sensors to China in Crash

India has lost a valuable troop scanning unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), along with its payload of sensors and intelligence systems, to a cross-border crash in Tibet, raising concerns that the wreckage may reveal some well-kept secrets to the Chinese Army. The Heron UAV of the Indian Army, deployed to keep

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General Atomics Gets $134M USAF Ground Control Station Contract

General Atomics – Aeronautical Systems Inc. has been awarded a not-to-exceed $134,010,380 undefinitized contract action for the production of block 30 ground control stations. Work will be performed in Poway, California, with an expected completion date of Jan. 31, 2020. Fiscal 2017 and 2016 aircraft procurement; and research,

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NTU Singapore Uses 4.5G Network for Drone Traffic Management

Researchers from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have embarked on a research project which uses existing high-speed mobile phone networks to track and control drones. In collaboration with a leading telecommunications company, M1 Ltd, researchers from NTU Singapore will be mapping the signal strength of M1’s 4.5G Heterogeneous Network

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Hensoldt Demos New C-UAV System

As part of a major product demonstration on the Airbus airfield in Hamburg-Finkenwerder, HENSOLDT, an independent sensor house, provided proof of the excellent performance of its Xpeller counter-UAV system when it comes to protecting airports and critical infrastructure. HENSOLDT demonstrated counter-UAV measures using a combination of radar, RF and optical

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Specialist Master’s® in “Drones”, ENAC Applications for admission close soon

Europe’s first advanced master’s programme dedicated to the operation and applications of drones will start on 8 January 2018. The programme’s full title is Unmanned Aircraft Systems Services and Management. All courses are taught in English. Applications are open until 15 December 2017. Admission requirements This Advanced Master’s is intended

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DJI Denies Providing User Data to Chinese Government

The recent Homeland Security Report also claims the Chinese government is possibly using information acquired from DJI systems as a way to target assets they are planning to purchase. “A large family-owned wine producer in California purchased DJI UAS to survey its vineyards and monitor grape production. Soon afterwards, Chinese

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Northrop Tests Disposable Reconnaissance Drone

Northrop Grumman has developed a small, disposable drone that fits inside a shell that looks like a cluster bomb. The idea: When an F/A-18 drops the fake munition, the drone would pop out, unfold its wings and fly into enemy territory, undetected, to collect data on enemy positions. Northrop conducted

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Virginia Tech Engineers Team with Malawi University Students

Drone delivery moved one step closer to reality in sub-Saharan Africa after Virginia Tech and Malawian teams conducted tests at the UNICEF drone testing corridor in Kasungu, Malawi. The flights by a fully autonomous aircraft designed in mechanical engineering’s Unmanned Systems Lab set several records in Malawi, including the longest

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NASA X-Planes – Discovery Through Flight Video

How can early exposure to flight accelerate the practical use of technology? NASA experts with in-depth knowledge of past X-Plane and one-of-a-kind Flight Research Programs selected excerpts from past flight test campaigns. This compilation video showcases: HiMAT, X-36, X-38, X-40, X-43 Hyper-X, X-45, X-48 BWB (Blended Wing Body), X-56 MUTT

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Africa is Leading the Way in Drone Usage – IATA

Despite the absence in Namibia of clear regulations for unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) yesterday said that in many ways Africa is already leading the way in the use of drones. Countries like Rwanda, Tanzania, South Africa, Malawi and Lesotho are already

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Research shows drones could help crop management take off

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Unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, could help farmers determine if their crop is growing satisfactorily, according to a recent study conducted by University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture researchers.

The study evaluated the ability of a UAS to accurately and precisely

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Could Robotic Birds Lead to Safer Air Travel?

The bird, apparently a female falcon, wheels into view 100 feet over Edmonton International Airport, flapping her wings — hunting behavior. She pursues a flock of starlings, which scatter into the safety of the woods. The falcon is majestic, graceful and resolute. She is also a machine — a battery,

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ROAVR UAS sponsor Team Easy

Well done ROAVR | UAS who are the main sponsor for Team Easy in 2018. Drone Stuff This Week regular, David Walters is a member of Team Easy, a group inspired by ‘Easy Company’, one of the most decorated units of World War Two. In their own words a band

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Yamaha FAZER to Launch at CES 2018

Yamaha Motors is making its first-ever appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and it is bringing drones. Using the theme, “Expanding the possibilities of mobility with advanced technology,” for its booth at CES 2018 in January, Yamaha will be unveiling two unmanned aircraft vehicles designed for industrial

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