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.
Airbus is using its H130 Flightlab helicopter to evaluate new cameras, sensors, tablets and head-mounted displays for autonomous flight development work.
Tokyo has ordered three examples of Northrop Grumman's high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned air vehicle, along with associated ground equipment.
Airbus is expanding the flight envelope of its VSR700 optionally piloted vehicle (OPV), recently achieving forward speeds of 60 knots.
The operator of a drone that struck an LAPD AStar last year has been sentenced to a $500 fine and probation.
The March 26 test flight at Yuma Proving Ground was also used to expand the Valyrie’s performance envelope.
Bell continues to move cautiously on its two marquis electric demonstration aircraft, the Nexus and APT.
Links between Korean and Israeli industry are growing, particularly in the field of unmanned air systems.
The Airpower Teaming System air vehicle is the first military aircraft to be designed and built in Australia in over five decades.
Turkish Aerospace Industries expects to fly the new, electric-powered, unmanned T629 attack helicopter later this year.
Initial operational capability has been reached by the Northrop Grumman RQ-4D fifteen months after the first was delivered.