Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
News and issues relating to civil and military unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) of all kinds and sizes, including those used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), combat (unmanned combat air vehicles, or UCAVs), law enforcement, research and other applications. Of particular focus is the FAA's planned integration of UAS into the U.S. national airspace system.
The capability to operate in contested environments, autonomy and networking will be key future capabilities, experts say.
The second annual Drone World Expo show will be held in San Jose, California, from November 15-16.
The committee of senior-level executives that will advise the FAA in further introducing drones held its inaugural meeting in Washington, D.C.
The research and development organization invited companies to demonstrate systems that detect and stop small drones weight under five pounds.
Chaired by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, the advisory panel includes senior business, association, academic and municipal leaders.
The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command plans to deliver one RQ-21A Blackjack system consisting of five aircraft to the Canadian Army next year.
The service has flown the small multi-rotor drone during training exercises at the National Training Center at For Irwin, Calif.
Most of the waivers granted to the Part 107 operating conditions involve night-time flights, said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.
The initial offering under its new Performance Vector Unmanned program is an online small UAS ground school course provided by Argus Unmanned.
Raytheon will install modernized 'building-based' ground stations for the Global Hawk at Beale and Grand Forks air force bases.