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December 13, 2017
China says Indian drone 'invaded' its airspace, crashed
Beijing (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
China lodged an official protest with India on Thursday after charging that an Indian drone had "invaded" its airspace before crashing, months after the two sides ended a tense border standoff. Beijing said the incident occurred "recently" at the border separating India's northeastern Sikkim state and China's Tibet region, but it did not say exactly where and when. India's army said the unmanned aerial vehicle was on a "regular training mission" when ground control lost contact with it "due to s ... read more

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Hensoldt intros new counter-drone system
A new counter-drone system by German sensor-maker Hensoldt has been successfully demonstrated at an airfield in Hamburg-Finkenwerder, Germany. ... more
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Falcon's attack strategy could inspire new drones: study
Peregrine falcons are nature's fastest predators, and the way they swoop down on a target may one day inspire small, visually guided drones that can take out rogue drones, researchers said Monday. ... more
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'Go home' drone seeks to stop Japan overtime binge
A drone that hovers over Japanese employees and blares music to force them to go home was unveiled Thursday, as the country tries to reduce its notoriously long work hours. ... more
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Research shows drones could help crop management take off
Unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, could help farmers determine if their crop is growing satisfactorily, according to a recent study conducted by University of Tennessee ... more
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Drone photos offer faster, cheaper data on key Antarctic species
Scientists in Antarctica have demonstrated a cheaper, faster and simpler way to gauge the condition of leopard seals, which can weigh more than a half ton and reflect the health of the Antarctic eco ... more
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Crossing drones with satellites: ESA eyes high-altitude aerial platforms
ESA is considering extending its activities to a new region of the sky via a novel type of aerial vehicle, a 'missing link' between drones and satellites. High Altitude Pseudo-Satellites, or H ... more
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Drone Race: Human Versus Artificial Intelligence
Drone racing is a high-speed sport demanding instinctive reflexes - but humans won't be the only competitors for long. Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, ... more
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Pentagon steps up Somalia drone strikes
The US military has quietly upped the tempo of its operations in Somalia, conducting a growing number of drone strikes against Al-Qaeda affiliated Shabaab militants and other jihadists. ... more

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Alpha Unmanned Systems teams with Sightec for image stabilization and object tracking.
Alpha Unmanned Systems, manufacturer of the gasoline-powered helicopter UAV known as the Alpha 800, has signed a technology partnership with Sightec, an Israeli developer of pioneering video image s ... more
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Lockheed Martin Integrates New Engine for Fury Unmanned Air Vehicle
Fury, the expeditionary, runway-independent unmanned air vehicle (UAV) now has engine updates that will further increase its flight endurance, Lockheed Martin announced Wednesday. With the int ... more
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Leonardo delivers Falco EVO drones to Middle East
Leonardo has announced the delivery of its Falco EVO tactical unmanned aerial system to its customers in the Middle East, the company said in a press statement during the Dubai Air Show 2017 exhibition. ... more
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Israel downs Syrian drone over Golan Heights: army
The Israeli army said it had shot down a Russian-made Syrian drone carrying out a reconnaissance mission over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Saturday. ... more
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First operational MQ-4C Triton drone delivered to U.S. Navy
Northrop Grumman delivered the first operational MQ-4C Trition aircraft to the U.S. Navy facility at Point Mugu, the company said in a press statement on Friday. ... more
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NASA-Developed Drone Aircraft Offer One-of-a-Kind Capabilities
NASA scientists, who always are on the hunt for new platforms from which to carry out their research, now may avail themselves of two agency-developed unmanned aerial systems, or UASs, that some say ... more
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Niger to let US forces arm drones in counter-terrorism fight
Niger will allow US forces stationed in the country to arm the drones being used to track jihadists, having previously allowed their use only for surveillance, the government said Saturday. ... more
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Insitu awarded $9.2M for parts, sustainment of RQ-21A
The Pentagon announced Insitu Inc., a subsidiary of Boeing Defense, Space and Security, has been awarded a new $9.2 million firm-fixed price contract for spare and sustainment parts for the RQ-21A Blackjack. ... more

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New RoboBee flies, dives, swims and explodes out the of water
We've seen RoboBees that can fly, stick to walls, and dive into water. Now, get ready for a hybrid RoboBee that can fly, dive into water, swim, propel itself back out of water, and safely land. ... more
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Boeing invests in autonomous flight technology company
Boeing has invested in Near Earth Autonomy, a company developing a portfolio of technologies for reliable automatic flight. ... more
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Drone Aviation awarded contract for Enhanced WASP Tactical Aerostat from US Defense Dept
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" ... more
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GA-ASI in cooperative agreements with South Korean entities
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc has signed agreements for collaboration with South Korean entities for remotely piloted vehicles. ... 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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