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  • Qualcomm Achieves FAA Authorization to Conduct UAS Test Flights - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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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 certificate of authorization, Qualcomm is […] More

  • Report: DoD's Pacific Pivot, 3rd Offset Strategy to Drive Military UAS Demand - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Report: DoD’s Pacific Pivot, 3rd Offset Strategy to Drive Military UAS Demand

    A Govini report indicates the U.S. military unmanned aerial systems market has experienced a compound annual growth rate of about 6 percent over the past five fiscal years, Defense News reported Wednesday. Lara Seligman writes the research firm observed the Defense Department‘s strategic pivot  to the Asia-Pacific region and efforts to implement a third offset strategy have […] More

  • Michigan Tech Taps Woolpert for Road Project Drone Imagery Support - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Michigan Tech Taps Woolpert for Road Project Drone Imagery Support

    Michigan Tech Research Institute has contracted Woolpert to capture images of Midwest roads through unmanned aerial systems to support a road analysis project sponsored by the state transportation department’s office of the assistant secretary for research and technology. Woolpert said Tuesday the “Characterization of Unpaved Road Conditions Through the Use of Remote Sensing” project seeks to detect road material damage with UAS-collected […] More

  • LiveU, FlyMotion Create Drone System with Live Video Transmission - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    LiveU, FlyMotion Create Drone System with Live Video Transmission

    Live video services provider LiveU and drone technology company FlyMotion Unmanned Systems have collaborated to create a UAS that features live video transmission. The TRIDENT system works to capture and transmit live video via wireless networks to any location worldwide through LiveU’s cellular technology and FlyMotion’s FAA 333-approved drone technology, LiveU said Jan. 26. The company added TRIDENT is […] More

  • Charles River Analytics Unveils UAS Tactical Decision Aid - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Charles River Analytics Unveils UAS Tactical Decision Aid

    Charles River Analytics has introduced a new tactical decision aid intended to help operators generate airspace routes for unmanned aerial systems. The company developed the Spatially Produced Airspace Routes from Tactically Evolved Networks tool to help coordinate mission plans for various types of UAS, Charles River Analytics said Thursday. SPARTEN incorporates multi-objective optimization algorithm for […] More

  • MTSI Gets FAA Nod to Operate Commercial Drones; Paul Linnell Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    MTSI Gets FAA Nod to Operate Commercial Drones; Paul Linnell Comments

    Modern Technology Solutions Inc. has obtained the Federal Aviation Administration“™s approval to operate commercial unmanned aerial systems in U.S. civilian airspace. The authorization permits MTSI“™s C-ASTRAL Bramor rTK drone to fly up to 200 feet over land and throughout the U.S., MTSI said Monday. Bramor is designed to perform mapping and surveying operations for a maximum […] More

  • Air Force Eyes Laser-Shooting Combat Aircraft By 2020; Gen. Hawk Carlisle Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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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 closer than I think a […] More

  • Allan McArtor: Airbus' US Arm, Nexa Forge Commercial UAS Partnership - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Allan McArtor: Airbus’ US Arm, Nexa Forge Commercial UAS Partnership

    Airbus Group Inc. — the European conglomerate’s U.S. subsidiary — has signed a partnership agreement with Nexa Capital Partners to explore strategies to commercialize unmanned aerial systems. The alliance’s goal is to identify methods for the commercial aviation industry to use UAS technology to increase operational efficiency and airspace access, Airbus said Wednesday. “The employment […] More

  • Edward Sayadian: Exelis Releases UAV 'Sense and Avoid' Alerting Tech - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Edward Sayadian: Exelis Releases UAV ‘Sense and Avoid’ Alerting Tech

    Exelis has unveiled an airspace technology for U.S. unmanned aerial system and test range operators to monitor UAS flights from multiple locations. The Symphony RangeVue system is designed to help users access drone surveillance data through a web hosting service and alert them when a drone approaches boundary or another aircraft enters a UAS vicinity, […] More

  • Tony Smeraglinolo: DRC Wins $22M to Support Air Force UAS Programs - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Tony Smeraglinolo: DRC Wins $22M to Support Air Force UAS Programs

    An Engility subsidiary has won $22.2 million in task orders to help the U.S. Air Force engineer, test and manage the branch’s fleet of Reaper and Predator unmanned aerial systems. Dynamics Research Corp. will perform UAS flight and ground assessments, weapons integration, logistics, acquisition and flight scheduling, among other support services, Engility said Wednesday. “We appreciate […] More

  • Air Force Vet Bill Tart to Lead ASRC Federal's UAS Initiative - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Air Force Vet Bill Tart to Lead ASRC Federal’s UAS Initiative

    Bill Tart, formerly director of the U.S. Air Force‘s remotely piloted aircraft division, has joined ASRC Federal as director of the company’s unmanned aerial systems initiative. Tart holds more than 24 years of experience with Air Force programs and led the branch’s UAS programs in his previous role there, ASRC Federal said Thursday. “Bill“™s extensive […] More

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