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 program envisions launching "volleys" of small unmanned aircraft systems from a host aircraft, then retrieving them in mid-air.
The Grand Sky unmanned aircraft business park in North Dakota expects tenant General Atomics will begin training UAS pilots this summer.
The dominant provider of small multi-rotor drones alleges patent infringement by Hong Kong-based Yuneec International, an upstart competitor.
The move doubles the blanket altitude permitted for small unmanned aircraft that are not model aircraft.
UMS Skeldar offers a product line of fixed- and rotary-wing small unmanned aircraft for military and civilian applications.
The new unmanned aerial refueling aircraft will have lesser capability than its UClass predecessor, but with growth potential.
The service is taking steps to relieve the strain on its remotely piloted aircraft force, but faces difficulty maintaining operations tempo.
Quadcopters flying autonomously in GPS-denied environments could help in urban settings, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency asserts.
The UAE Armed Forces plans to acquire eight of the unmanned derivatives of the Piaggio P.180 Avanti twin turboprop business aircraft.
The unmanned aircraft manufacturer plans to start flight-testing its 'LightningStrike' technology demonstrator in 2018.