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October 20, 2017
Drone Aviation awarded contract for Enhanced WASP Tactical Aerostat from US Defense Dept
Jacksonville FL (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Drone Aviation Holding Corp. has received an order for its recently upgraded, multi-mission capable tactical Winch Aerostat Small Platform ("WASP") from an existing U.S. Department of Defense ("DoD") customer. The solider-operated WASP features support for advanced ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) equipment including the simultaneous use of communications and daylight and thermal payloads, which are capabilities sought by the DoD customer following the in-theater use of previous WASP ... read more

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Death toll from US drone strike in Pakistan rises to 26: officials
The death toll from a US drone attack on a compound used by the Taliban-allied Haqqani network has risen to 26, officials said Tuesday, less than a week after a US-Canadian family held captive by the militants was rescued. ... more
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UK will not confirm drone death of IS 'White Widow' recruiter
Britain on Thursday refused to confirm reports that a US drone had killed a middle-aged British mother, also known as the "white widow", who had joined Islamic State jihadists in Syria. ... more
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New long range drones expected in 2018
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Tuesday that the company has officially transitioned its production line from the MQ-1C Gray Eagle to its new long-range variant, the MQ-1C ER Gray Eagle Extended Range. ... more
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Boeing to acquire Aurora Flight Sciences
Boeing reports it will acquire Virginia-based Aurora Flight Sciences to accelerate the airplane manufacturer's development of autonomous aerospace vehicles. ... more
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Marines test 3D-printed small drones
U.S Marines have tested small 3D-printed drones to demonstrate their flexibility and usefulness to troops in the field. ... more
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BAE Systems, Cranfield University envision dual-mode UAVs
BAE Systems engineers, with students from Cranfield University, have come up with a new technology concept that uses unmanned aerial vehicles. ... more
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IAI unmanned helo performs proof-of-concept demo
An unmanned helicopter by Israel Aerospace Industries has completed a proof-of-concept demonstration for the Israeli military. ... more
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Driverless hover-taxi makes first 'concept' flight in Dubai
Dubai has edged closer to its goal of launching a pioneering hover-taxi service, with the authorities announcing a successful "concept" flight was made on Monday without passengers. ... more

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Wanted: Novel Approaches for Detecting and Stopping Small Unmanned Air Systems
The rapid evolution of small unmanned air system (sUAS) technologies is fueling the exponential growth of the commercial drone sector, creating new asymmetric threats for warfighters. DARPA's Mobile ... more
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Drones, Fighter jets on table as Mattis visits key ally India
Fighter jets, drone deals and shared concerns over Afghanistan's security look set to dominate the agenda when US Defense Secretary James Mattis visits India this week. ... more
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Landmark study suggests risks vary widely in drone-human impacts
New Virginia Tech research suggests there's wide variation in the risk that unmanned aircraft pose to people on the ground. Many of the most promising applications for these aircraft - includi ... more
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Drones can almost see in the dark
To fly safely, drones need to know their precise position and orientation in space at all times. While commercial drones solve this problem using GPS, this only works outdoors, and is not very relia ... more
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General Atomics wins $27 million contract for Grey Eagle drone support
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has received a $27 million modification to an existing contract for service support to the Grey Eagle unmanned aerial system program. ... more
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US Air Force Academy to Use VBS3 and VBS Fires for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Training
The U.S. Air Force Academy has selected VBS3 and VBS Fires FST products from Bohemia Interactive Simulations and SimCentric Technologies for use in the Academy's Military Strategic Studies course. ... more
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Study weighs risks of human-drone impacts
The risks of drone-human collisions vary widely, researchers at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University found in a new comprehensive survey. ... more
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Israel says shot down Iranian-made, Hezbollah-operated drone
Israel's military fired a Patriot missile on Tuesday to bring down what it said was an Iranian-made drone operated by Hezbollah on a reconnaissance mission over the Golan Heights. ... more

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Lockheed Martin Unveils a New Lightweight Canister Launched Unmanned Aircraft System
Lockheed Martin has unveiled a new small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that has been designed and developed in the UK at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI). OUTRIDER is a ... more
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China touts military drone helicopter at exhibition
China is displaying its unmanned reconnaissance and attack helicopter drone to possible foreign military buyers at an exhibition in Tianjin. ... more
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X-37B Flies Again In First SpaceX Launch
The fifth launch of the X-37B robot spaceplane almost makes this vehicle look routine. This time, liftoff has come with a Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX instead of an Atlas V, a change from old-school ... more
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Atlas Dynamics Unveils NEST Smart Protective Charging Station for Enhanced Performance of Atlas Pro Platform
Atlas Dynamics will demonstrate the new Atlas NEST smart protective charging station for autonomous BVLOS operation of the Atlas Pro drone platform at InterDrone 2017. The Atlas NEST is a land ... more
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Atlas Dynamics Introduces Fixed Wing UAV with 5-Hour Flight Time, 150 Kilometer Operational Range
Atlas Dynamics will display its new fixed wing UAV, the Atlas Blue-J, at InterDrone 2017. The Blue-J features a 3.5-meter wing span, four to six hours of flight time and a 150-kilometer operational ... more
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Insitu receives $21M order for RQ-21A Blackjack drone parts
Insitu Inc. has received a $21 million order against a previously awarded contract for parts and sustainment of the RQ-21A unmanned aircraft system. ... more
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AUD counter-drone system upgraded by Blighter
The AUDS counter-drone system has been enhanced for deployment on vehicles and features new technology to defeat swarm attacks. ... more
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Air Force preparing to launch fifth Orbital Test Vehicle mission
The Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office is undergoing final launch preparations for the fifth mission of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle. The OTV is scheduled to launch on Sept. 7, 2017, onboard a Sp ... more
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