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  • AeroVironment to Provide sUAS, Support for Australian Forces - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    AeroVironment to Provide sUAS, Support for Australian Forces

    AeroVironment has secured a potential 10-year,¬†$36.5 million contract from Australia’s defense department to deliver¬†small unmanned aircraft systems as well as¬†training and logistics support. The company said Thursday it will integrate Australian content into the¬†WASP AE UAS to meet the country’s military and industry needs. AeroVironment¬†will work with XTEK, General Dynamics‘ Mediaware subsidiary and Sentient Vision […] More

  • Kratos Launches Swarm of Drones for Air Force 'Black Dart' Tech Exercise - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Kratos Launches Swarm of Drones for Air Force ‘Black Dart’ Tech Exercise

    A Kratos Defense & Security business unit has participated in the¬†U.S. Air Force‘s Black Dart technology exercise in Eglin Air Force Base in Florida and launched a swarm of 113 small unmanned aerial system sorties. Micro Systems flew the swarm for 23 launch events within more or less a¬†minute of the scheduled launch time during […] More

  • Textron to Equip Small Aerosonde UAS With Overwatch Imaging's Precision Survey Sensor - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Textron to Equip Small Aerosonde UAS With Overwatch Imaging’s Precision Survey Sensor

    Textron¬†has announced it will offer an¬†Overwatch Imaging-built precision survey sensor technology as part of the Aerosonde¬†small unmanned aircraft system. Overwatch Imaging designed its TK-7 Firewatch multispectrum survey payload with color focal plane array and co-boresighted infrared sensors that Textron will¬†integrate with the UAS’ onboard¬†image processing system to facilitate¬†precision mapping and aerial photography, Textron said Monday. […] More

  • Intel Receives FAA Authorization for Nighttime Drone Operations - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Intel Receives FAA Authorization for Nighttime Drone Operations

    The Federal Aviation Administration has granted a certificate of¬†waiver that permits Intel to operate¬†multiple small unmanned aircraft systems at night¬†within special security notice flight restricted areas in the U.S. Intel said Thursday the¬†Part 107 waiver extends a¬†Section 333 exemption that the company obtained to fly 100 small UAS¬†for its¬†Drone 100 light show in Palms Springs, […] More

  • DARPA Requests Info on Counter-UAS Platforms for Mobile Force Protection - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    DARPA Requests Info on Counter-UAS Platforms for Mobile Force Protection

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has asked vendors¬†to provide information on mobile layered defense platforms and related components designed to defend mobile and fixed naval and land-based forces against threats posed by small unmanned aircraft systems. DARPA said in a request for information posted Aug. 11 on FedBizOpps it is interested in scalable systems, […] More

  • Liberty University Offers On-Campus Drone Pilot Training - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Liberty University Offers On-Campus Drone Pilot Training

    Liberty University’s School of Aeronautics now offers an on-campus training program for pilots of fixed-wing and multi-rotor small unmanned aircraft systems. The Federal Aviation Administration‘s regulations on the commercial use of drones work to allow the training program’s students to fly small UAS weighing less than 55 pounds on campus, the university said Tuesday. The […] More

  • DHS, CBP to Hold Industry Day for Small UAS & Airport Passenger Processing Startups - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    DHS, CBP to Hold Industry Day for Small UAS & Airport Passenger Processing Startups

    The¬†Department of Homeland Security will hold an industry day on¬†July 29 to foster partnerships between the¬†U.S. Customs and Border Protection¬†and startup firms and investors in the fields of small unmanned aircraft systems and airport passenger processing. DHS said Tuesday¬†the event aims¬†to¬†inform organizations and professionals on research and development opportunities under the Silicon Valley Innovation Program. […] More

  • Textron Unit Unveils New UAS Training, Maintenance Facility to Support Nat'l Airspace Integration - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Textron Unit Unveils New UAS Training, Maintenance Facility to Support Nat’l Airspace Integration

    A¬†Textron¬†business unit has established a new facility for unmanned aircraft system training and maintenance activities to¬†support research on UAS integration into national airspace. The unmanned systems service and support center houses¬†Textron Systems‘ training and global service operations, the company’s schoolhouse for operators and maintainers and its¬†sustainment operations for the¬†Aerosonde¬†small UAS, Textron said Monday. “With this […] More

  • MTSI-PrecisionHawk Team Helps Test Cloud-Processed Air Traffic Mgmt Technologies With UAS, Manned Aircraft - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    MTSI-PrecisionHawk Team Helps Test Cloud-Processed Air Traffic Mgmt Technologies With UAS, Manned Aircraft

    Modern Technology Solutions has collaborated with¬†PrecisionHawk and¬†Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi to test PrecisionHawk’s¬†Low Altitude Traffic and Airspace Safety platform on¬†air traffic management¬†with¬†four unmanned aircraft and two manned aircraft. MTSI said Monday the demonstration was¬†funded by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate's Borders and Maritime Security Division and took place at […] More

  • Lockheed Develops Reconfigurable Small UAS for Maritime Users; Jay McConville Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Lockheed Develops Reconfigurable Small UAS for Maritime Users; Jay McConville Comments

    Lockheed Martin will continue to develop a small unmanned aircraft system that works to adapt to various maritime operations¬†under a $4.6 million contract. The company has begun to¬†build¬†a Vector Hawk¬†drone¬†with fixed-wing,¬†collapsible-wing and tilt-rotor configurations,¬†Lockheed Martin said Tuesday. Jay McConville, Lockheed Martin director of business development for unmanned solutions, said Vector Hawk’s¬†canister deployment and launch¬†functions work […] More

  • Lockheed Selects L-3 Digital Data Link for Small UAS - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Lockheed Selects L-3 Digital Data Link for Small UAS

    Lockheed Martin¬†has awarded a subcontract to¬†L-3 Communications¬†to¬†equip the U.K. defense ministry’s¬†Desert Hawk III DDL digital platform with¬†the¬†MICRO Secure Digital Data Link. The companies said Dec. 1 that L-3’s¬†MICRO SDDL will support communications for the small unmanned aircraft system’s command-and-control and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations. Kevin Westfall,¬†director of LM MST’s unmanned solutions business, said that […] More

  • Orbital Corp. Delivers 1st Engine for Insitu's Small UAS; Terry Stinson Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Orbital Corp. Delivers 1st Engine for Insitu’s Small UAS; Terry Stinson Comments

    Boeing‘s subsidiary Insitu¬†will start to perform¬†testing and development work on the propulsion system for the ScanEagle¬†unmanned aerial vehicle following Orbital Corp.‘s delivery of the first engine. Orbital said Tuesday¬†that the internal-combustion¬†engine¬†was built¬†specifically for small unmanned aircraft systems such as the ScanEagle. Terry Stinson, chief executive and managing director of Orbital, said the¬†company will now move […] More

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