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.
Under a contract awarded last summer, Northrop Grumman will build a sense-and-avoid system engineering development model by December.
Lufthansa Aerial Services is eyeing drones to perform infrastructure monitoring and visual inspections of aircraft, runways and taxiways.
Northrop Grumman plans to test U-2 legacy and new sensors on the Global Hawk using a universal payload adaptor.
Negotiations are underway for the Heron TP to replace the Heron 1 in a lease contract operated by Airbus D&S
More research needed on midairs and how to prevent them.
The semiconductor manufacturer announced that it will acquire Ascending Technologies, a drone manufacturer based in Germany.
The company will build and test a medium-sized unmanned aircraft that would be capable of operating from U.S. Navy destroyers and other vessels.
Manufacturer Northrop Grumman expects to deliver the first of five AGS aircraft to Italy's Sigonella Air Base next year.
Over the course of a week, the service announced steps to allow enlisted personnel to fly the RQ-4 Global Hawk and increase its Reaper fleet.
New unmanned systems purchased after December 21 must be registered before first flight while existing owners have until February 19.