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.
During the project's second phase, Darpa plans to select two proposals to advance to detailed design, fabrication and assembly.
The U.S. company is now promoting the aircraft in Europe for low-cost airborne sensing.
The XP is fitted with GA-ASI’s Lynx multi-mode radar, high-definition electro-optical video and automatic identification system.
The latest version of the system provides a four-fold increase in area coverage with a two-fold improvement in resolution compared to its predecessor.
Harfang UAS will fly with the French Air Force at least through 2017.
Granted authorization last week by the FAA, Texas A&M flies its first UAV mission along the Gulf Coast.
The multi-mode radar will increase situational awareness and threat warning in a high-traffic littoral environment, according to the company.
The Hermes 900 will replace the modified IAI Ranger UAVs, which are reaching the end of their life cycle.
The initial operational test and evaluation period is expected to be complete this year.
UAS industry industry growing increasingly impatient with the FAA’s regulatory and policy containment of unmanned aircraft systems.