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 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.
Ecarys will deliver 15 ES15 fixed-wing airframes to France's Sagem, which will convert them into the unmanned Patroller for the French army.
General Atomics said two MQ-9 Predator Bs participated in the Pacific Dragon naval exercise off Hawaii in late June.
The hand-launched drone supports surface ships that do not have their own organic helicopter or aircraft capability, according to the Navy.
Exact program helps UAV end-users make informed decisions about the quality and safety commitment of UAV operators.
The Army's Rapid Equipping Force will study the CyPhy Works Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications System, a tethered hexrotor.