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May 19, 2015
'Cicadas': US military's new swarm of mini-drones
Washington (AFP) May 16, 2015
US military scientists have invented a miniature drone that fits in the palm of a hand, ready to be dropped from the sky like a mobile phone with wings. The "micro air vehicle" is named after the insect that inspired its invention, the Cicada, which spends years underground before appearing in great swarms, reproducing and then dropping to the ground dead. "The idea was why can't we make UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) that have the same sort of profile," Aaron Kahn of the Naval Research Laborat ... read more

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US moves step closer to commercial drone use
Drones will take to the skies to inspect crops and infrastructure as US civil aviation authorities moved a step closer Wednesday to allowing their widespread commercial use. ... more
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Drone Aviation receives order for aerostats
Small platform aerostat systems from Drone Aviation Corporation are being supplied to defense contractor Troll Systems for use by an international customer. ... more
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Global Hawk approved for modernization
Modernization of U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft is set to move ahead with the aircraft's program gaining Milestone C approval. ... more
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Russia Set to Deploy Tactical Drones in the Arctic
Russian drones will be deployed in the Arctic and along the Northern Sea Route starting May 1 to monitor the climate situation and the deterioration of Arctic ice, as well as to aid in navigation an ... more
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Gilat Delivers Mission-Critical UAV Connectivity with BLoS SATCOM Solution
Gilat Satellite Networks reports that it intends to promote its comprehensive line of Beyond-Line-of-Sight (BLoS) solutions at AUVSI's Unmanned Systems 2015 event, May 5-7 at the Georgia World Congr ... more
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Turkey seeks armed unmanned aerial vehicle
Turkey's SSM procurement agency is seeking to acquire an armed unmanned aerial vehicle for early delivery and has issued an urgent Request for Information. ... more
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Global Hawk program recognized for maintenance, logistics improvements
The U.S. Air Force has recognized the RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft program for most improved performance in aircraft maintenance and logistics readiness. ... more
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Austrian Army receives unmanned aerial vehicles
Austria has supplied a half-dozen small unmanned aerial vehicles and associated equipment to its army training school, the Ministry of Defense reported. ... more
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X-37B Goes Fourth
Soon, America's mysterious robot spaceplane will lift off for the fourth time. Since its maiden launch in 2010, the X-37B has mystified analysts and prompted some fairly wild theories about its secr ... more
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Pakistan says botched strike highlights dangers of US drone war
Pakistan said Friday the botched US drone attack that killed two foreign hostages showed the risks of the controversial tactic, as details came to light apparently pinpointing the fatal strike. ... more
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New safety system for unmanned aerial systems in U.S.
An air surveillance and sense-and-avoid system for unmanned aerial systems operating in the United States has been launched been launched by Exelis. ... more
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A focus on flight
Navigating through a cluttered environment at high speed is among the greatest challenges in biology - and it's one virtually all birds achieve with ease. It's a feat David Williams hopes to underst ... more
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NASA Testing an Ultra-Lightweight Cartoonish Drone
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is testing a new drone that is designed to be an experimental airplane which could change aviation in the future. The Multi-Utility Tec ... more
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For the First Time Ever: US Navy Drone Refueled Mid-Flight
The X-47B test UAV has completed the first-ever autonomous aerial refueling. Developed by Northrop Grumman, the drone received over 4,000 pounds of fuel from a tanker jet just off the coast of Virgi ... more
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Chile first Latin America country to allow drones
Chile introduced regulations Friday making it the first country in Latin America to officially allow drone flights. ... more
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ECA Group develops illegal-drone detection system
Technology to rapidly locate, identify and track illegal drone aircraft and their operators has been developed by the ECA Group of France. ... more
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Operating in Contested Environments
For decades, the United States has successfully countered the threats of competitor nations by harnessing advanced technologies to create exceedingly robust and capable military platforms. But as ad ... more
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US approves drone flights for insurer AIG
Insurance giant American International Group Wednesday announced that it had won US government approval to use drones to survey disaster areas, including territory that may be otherwise inaccessible. ... more
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French energy company invests in drones
French energy company GDF Suez said Wednesday it was investing in Redbird, a civilian drone company, to monitor natural gas infrastructures. ... more
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Heron-based UAV to be made in Brazil
Israel Aerospace Industries' Brazilian partner is moving toward production of a long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle using IAI technology. ... more
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Northrop Grumman company to market small unmanned helos
Remotec Inc. and AirRobot US have signed a distribution agreement for AirRobot's line of small unmanned aerial systems. ... more
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France, Britain jointly contract for naval drones
Surface and underwater naval drones for combating mines are to be developed by a European industrial consortium by 2019. ... more
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Winged drones look and move like real butterflies
German robotics company Festo makes robots inspired by nature. Its newest invention, a winged drone, may be its most realistic yet. The eMotionButterflies look, fly and behave like real butterflies. ... more
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Tern enables small ships to host their own UAVs
DARPA has awarded prime contracts for Phase 2 of Tern, a joint program between DARPA and the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR). The goal of Tern is to give forward-deployed small ships the ... more
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