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Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rocket deployed four Department of Defense satellites into low-Earth orbit on Wednesday as part of a rideshare mission, C4ISRNET reported Thursday. The company’s carrier aircraft Cosmic Girl lifted off from Mojave Air and Space Port in California and released LauncherOne in midair to enable the rocket to deliver the cubesat payloads into […] More
Airbus Group has received a contract from Germany's defense procurement agency to operate Israel Aerospace Industries-built Heron 1 unmanned aerial systems in support of German forces' missions in Mali. Airbus' defense and space business will begin UAS operations in Mali in November through February 2018, Airbus said Thursday. Thomas Reinartz, head of sales for unmanned […] More
Shield AI has secured $210 million in equity financing as part of Series D funding round led by Austin, Texas-based technology investor Disruptive and will use the funds to invest in artificial intelligence capabilities for military aircraft and advance growth initiatives across defense and commercial sectors. “The funding round enables Shield AI to move one […] More

The U.S. Navy has commenced the second phase of a challenge focused on utilizing autonomous technology for small unit maneuver missions. Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division, the NavalX Midwest Tech Bridge and the Office of Naval Research selected eight teams to compete for the $250,000 prize as part of the  Artificial Intelligence for Small Unit Maneuvers Prize Challenge, NSWC Crane said Monday.

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Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory will live-stream an online event from Aug. 18 to 20 for the third and final round of a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency competition that will showcase artificial intelligence algorithms in a simulated aerial combat environment.

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has announced the eight awardees for the second sprint of the OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics program and started to solicit proposals for the third sprint. OFFSET seeks to use swarms of up to 250 unmanned systems designed to provide ground military units with insights as they face mobility and communications […] More
Virgin Orbit has launched seven small satellites to low Earth orbit during its first evening launch mission, dubbed Straight Up, in support of the U.S. Space Force’s Rocket Systems Launch Program. The company said Saturday its fully mobile LauncherOne rocket lifted off from the Mojave Air and Space Port in Southern California and carried all […] More
Virgin Orbit will buy two Boeing 747-400 airframes under an agreement with L3Harris Technologies to meet the increasing demand for satellite launches among U.S. national security customers and its allies. Melbourne, Florida-based L3Harris said Tuesday it will modify and deliver one of the aircraft in 2023 to serve as the second airborne launcher for Virgin […] More
Virgin Orbit will conduct an aircraft-ground equipment integration test as part of preparations to launch multiple government satellites for the U.S. Space Force. The company said Monday its national security arm will play a key role in providing orbital services for USSF’s STP-28A mission under the Department of Defense-run Space Test Program. Vox Space, which […] More
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