Unmanned aerial vehicle

August 23, 2013 - 10:40am

A Swiss-owned company that is developing a trio of remotely piloted air systems (RPAS) for civil and military applications made its inaugural appearance at the recent Unmanned Systems conference in Washington, D.C. Unmanned Systems Group, with headquarters in Baar, Switzerland, displayed its Discoverer and Discoverer II fixed-wing air vehicles and a scale model of the planned Atro-X unmanned helicopter featuring tip-jet rotor propulsion.

August 19, 2013 - 2:05pm

The FAA published N8900.227 as an update to the January 2013 outline of the agency’s plan for reviewing and evaluating the safety and interoperability of proposed unmanned aircraft system (UAS) flight operations conducted within the U. S. National Airspace System (NAS) when assessing applications for a certificate of waiver or authorization.

August 16, 2013 - 11:00am

The U.S. Navy is rethinking prime contractor Northrop Grumman’s selection of an Exelis-built collision avoidance radar for the unmanned MQ-4C Triton maritime surveillance aircraft. The plan was to fit the Global Hawk derivative with the first Department of Defense (DOD) program of record “sense-and-avoid” radar, to comply with international airspace requirements and prevent midair collisions. However, “we’ve made a decision to pause on the development of that capability,” Capt. James Hoke, the Navy’s Triton program manager, said at the Unmanned Systems 2013 conference in Washington, D.C.

August 14, 2013 - 10:49pm
Jim Williams, manager of the FAA’s UAS integration office

The U.S. government should release a draft regulation governing the operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) by the end of the year, federal officials told the Unmanned Systems Conference this week.

August 13, 2013 - 3:58pm
Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell

Government agencies would not be allowed to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to track individuals without first obtaining a warrant under a set of recommendations developed by a coalition of state governmental organizations.

August 12, 2013 - 4:55pm
S-76 Sikorsky Autonomous Research Aircraft

Sikorsky Aircraft is developing a set of hardware and software capabilities to support autonomous flight of unmanned or optionally piloted vertical-lift aircraft. Executives said the goal is to deliver an order of magnitude improvement in the safety and reliability of unmanned aircraft, which experience losses at a rate of once every 1,000 flight hours.

August 2, 2013 - 6:00pm

The Pentagon approved full-rate production of the MQ-1C Gray Eagle multi-role unmanned aircraft on July 26. That same day, manufacturer General Atomics reported the first flight of an improved version of the aircraft that it will demonstrate to the U.S. Army later this year.

July 28, 2013 - 11:26am
AeroVironment Puma AE

The Federal Aviation Administration issued type certificates in the restricted category to the Boeing Insitu ScanEagle X200 and AeroVironment Puma AE small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) on July 19, for the first time permitting operators to use the aircraft for commercial purposes.

July 22, 2013 - 12:55pm

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration expects to formulate a standard by 2016 that will permit unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to interoperate with manned aircraft using an “electronic means” to see and avoid potential collisions, according to the executive leading the FAA’s effort to introduce UAS into the airspace system.

July 19, 2013 - 5:27pm
First MQ-8C delivered to U.S. Navy

Northrop Grumman delivered the first MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter to the U.S. Navy earlier this month in preparation for ground and flight testing. The first MQ-8C arrived at the Naval Base Ventura County, Calif., Point Mugu sea test range, where it is assigned to the VX-30 air test and evaluation squadron.

 
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