Tag Archives: Drones

Drone USA Exhibits UAS Tech for Law Enforcement

Drone USA has performed a demonstration of its Cyclops and Shadow police drone models in Connecticut, which was attended by several law enforcement agencies within the state. The company reported Wednesday the fixed-wing Cyclops drone was deployed to capture video of a sunken yacht’s wreckage, while Shadow used a thermal camera to inspect …

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LiquidPiston Secures DARPA Funds for Rotary Engine Tech Development

LiquidPiston has received a $2.5 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to further develop a rotary engine under the first phase of a program that seeks to unlock the full potential of the company’s hybrid cycle engine technology. The project centers on development of the X4 test rig the firm designed to record a power-to-weight ratio …

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Qualcomm Achieves FAA Authorization to Conduct UAS Test Flights

Qualcomm has been authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct unmanned aerial systems test flights at the company’s San Diego facility. The telecommunications conglomerate said April 7 it plans to test UAS autonomous operations and other tools that include a 4G/5G communication link intended to help protect other aircraft and people on the ground. Under this FAA …

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Gene Colabatistto: CAE Eyes New Drone Pilot Training Opportunities

Gene Colabatistto, CAE‘s group president for defense and security, has said the company is eyeing new unmanned aircraft programs as it aims for a bigger share of the pilot training services market, National Defense Magazine reported Thursday. Sandra Erwin writes CAE has helped the U.S. Air Force train around 1,500 aircrews a year …

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Casey Coleman: Tech Advances Outpace Governance, Budgeting, Regulations

Casey Coleman, group vice president for Unisys‘ federal civilian business, has highlighted several challenges she believes the government faces as agencies work to achieve their goals. Coleman wrote in a blog post published Monday that government executives shared the issues they currently confront during the recent Executive Leadership Conference, where participants discussed …

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Michael Perry: General Atomics Explores Unmanned Aircraft, Laser Tech Integration

A General Atomics subsidiary has launched a project to equip a company-built military unmanned aerial system with a high-energy laser technology, Defense One reported Wednesday. Defense One quoted Michael Perry, vice president of mission systems at General Atomics’ aeronautical systems unit, as saying the business is developing a laser module …

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Air Force Eyes Laser-Shooting Combat Aircraft By 2020; Gen. Hawk Carlisle Comments

The U.S. Air Force could start to use laser weapons in combat missions within five years, Ars Technica reported Friday. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle told the Air Force Association Air & Space Conference this week he believes directed-energy weapons pods could be installed in a fighter plane “very soon,“ Sean Gallagher reports. “That day is a lot …

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Doug Barrie: Worldwide Drone Demand to Steadily Increase

The International Institute for Strategic Studies says reducing acquisition costs will increase demand for unmanned aircraft for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance applications, Agence France-Presse reported Tuesday. IISS published its “Military Balance 2014” report stating that globally, more drones are being used by militaries, private companies and individuals. “We’re going to …

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