UAVs and drones

January 26, 2011 - 9:00am

Do UAVs threaten civil pilot careers? That’s the question that AIN posed to several attendees at a recent conference in Montreal, sponsored by industry trade group Unmanned Systems Canada. The answer: it seems unlikely, other than for young pilots just setting out on their careers, or a small number of pilots flying specialized applications.

January 10, 2011 - 3:59pm

Like it or not, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are a growing feature in skies around the world, and ­avionics scientists and engineers are busy designing systems and planning for how they will interact with manned aircraft and eventually diminish the need for pilots in cockpits.

December 28, 2010 - 7:09am

Like it or not, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are a growing feature in skies around the world, and ­avionics scientists and engineers are busy designing systems and planning for how they will interact with manned aircraft and eventually diminish the need for pilots in cockpits.

November 5, 2010 - 8:09am
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France and the UK will jointly develop a new medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAV that could enter service in 2015. The two countries are also likely to combine forces on future unmanned combat air systems (UCAS), by launching a “joint technology and operational demonstration” to run for six years, beginning in 2013. The decisions form part of the cross-channel agreement between the two countries.

October 1, 2010 - 8:27am
EADS recently made several flights of its Barracuda UCAV technology demonstra...

The EADS Barracuda UCAV technology demonstrator performed a new flight-test campaign at Goose Bay, Canada. The company flew four missions focusing on sense-and-avoid capabilities; auto-taxi systems; flight-testing of a structurally integrated antenna; and the exercising of an image exploitation chain, including an automatic target detection system. The UCAV was carrying an EO/IR sensor provided by Zeiss.

September 17, 2010 - 9:39am
Elbit’s latest UAV is the Hermes 900, which made its first flight last Decemb...

Israel’s Elbit Systems and French company Sagem Défense Sécurité agreed on September 15 to form a joint venture by early next year. To be based at Eragny and Montluçon in France, the joint venture will market UAV systems in France and other designated markets, and will take over existing initiatives.

September 3, 2010 - 8:35am
The upgraded Lockheed Martin Desert Hawk mini-UAV has an improved video senso...

An improved version of the Lockheed Martin Desert Hawk mini-UAV is now operating with the British Army in Afghanistan. The hand-launched system has an improved video sensor and a larger wing. The UK is the only announced customer for the Desert Hawk.

September 3, 2010 - 8:32am
Iran claims its new a jet-powered Karar drone, unveiled by President Mahmoud ...

Iran unveiled a jet-powered UAV that it claimed could deliver two 250-pound bombs to targets beyond 600-miles range. The Karar drone appears to be in the same class as the CL-289 UAV designed and built for reconnaissance by Canadair in the 1980s.

September 3, 2010 - 8:27am
The per-orbit-hour cost of flying the U-2 is nearly five times greater than t...

Responding to public complaints from Pentagon officials about the cost and progress of the Global Hawk program, Northrop Grumman has provided a robust defense.

September 3, 2010 - 8:16am
AeroVironment flew its stratospheric, very-long-endurance UAV for the first t...

AeroVironment has become the first company to fly a stratospheric, very-long-endurance UAV as part of the U.S. government’s Global Observer initiative. The 175-foot-wingspan aircraft took off from Edwards Air Force Base on August 5 and flew for one hour, reaching 4,000 feet.

 
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