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 Air Force will release a strategic plan for using smaller unmanned aircraft systems than it has traditionally operated.
Amazon Prime Air's ambition is to deliver packages by small drones in an airspace system with multiple, overlapping controllers.
The low-altitude system NASA is developing through the UAS traffic management project will inform any airspace restructuring, the FAA says.
Nearly all of the 117 Shadow systems operated by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps are under contract for the V2 upgrade, Textron Systems says.
All six FAA-sponsored unmanned aircraft system test ranges participated in the demonstration of NASA's UAS Traffic Management system.
It will fly from six new patrol vessels being built for the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA).
Association says that "reactive" regulations for UAVs is insufficient to keep drones from colliding with aircraft.
India's Ministry of Civil Aviation is expected to issue operating policy for unmanned aerial systems by year-end.
Following a competition that also involved the Thales Watchkeeper system, the Patroller will replace the French army's current Sperwer drone.
The program envisions launching "volleys" of small unmanned aircraft systems from a host aircraft, then retrieving them in mid-air.