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June 23, 2017
EU unveils plans to regulate drones by 2019
Brussels (AFP) June 16, 2017
The EU unveiled a blueprint to safely regulate drone traffic in Europe by 2019 in order to tap the growing commercial potential for unmanned aircraft technology. The blueprint from the European Commission, the EU executive, covers allowing drones to operate in high density under the supervision of fleet operators. "Drones mean innovation, new services for citizens, new business models and a huge potential for economic growth," EU Transport Minister Violeta Bulc said. "We need the EU to be i ... read more

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Pentagon Builds Robo-Wingmen to Fly With Manned Fighter Jets
A California-based defense company this week announced that it will be rolling out a new set of drones to fly as robotic wingmen for human fighter pilots. Kratos Defense and Security Solutions devel ... more
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Leonardo receives NATO surveillance system contract
Leonardo has received a contract to provide services and develop logistical and control systems for NATO's Alliance Ground Surveillance program, the company announced on Wednesday. ... more
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US-led coalition downs Iran-made drone in Syria
A US warplane shot down an Iranian-made drone operated by pro-regime forces in Syria early Tuesday, officials said, prompting growing international concern over rising tensions between the two sides. ... more
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Insitu receives $45 million contract extension for SOCOM UAVs
Insitu has received a maximum $45 million modification to an existing contract for Mid-Endurance Unmanned Aircraft Systems services. ... more
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Leonardo debuts new target drone at Paris Air Show
Leonardo debuted its new Mirach 40 aerial target drone at the the 2017 Paris Air Show, the company announced on Friday. ... more
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Can use of a drone improve response times for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests compared to an ambulance
In a study involving simulated out-of-hospital cardiac arrests, drones carrying an automated external defibrillator arrived in less time than emergency medical services, with a reduction in response ... more
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Elbit Systems offer Airborne Wide-Area Persistent Surveillance Solution for HLS and Defense Needs
Elbit Systems will reveal at the 2017 Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, taking place this week, an innovative wide area persistent surveillance solution - SkEye WAPS. Visual Intelligence (VISINT) ... more
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Drones could save lives with rapid heart attack response
Drones could help save the lives of heart attack victims by delivering defibrillators faster than an ambulance can arrive at the scene, according to a report Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. ... more

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Falcon Flight for X-37B
The intriguing X-37B robot spaceplane just can't stay grounded. Barely months after landing from a mission lasting more than two years, the next X-37B will blast off in August 2017. That's a quick t ... more
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DARPA, BAE partner on multirole unmanned aerial systems
The Defense of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is partnering with BAE Systems to develop a new line of multi-role unmanned aerial systems.They are designed to be modular and able to mount different sensor, radio-frequency, and weapons packages. ... more
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Pro-Syria regime drone shot down after it fires on coalition
An American F-15 warplane shot down a pro-regime drone in Syria on Thursday after it fired at coalition forces, officials said, marking an escalation of tensions in the war-torn country's south. ... more
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Netherlands to replace ScanEagle UAV with Integrator
The military of the Netherlands is replacing its ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle systems with Integrator UAVs from Insitu. ... more
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Australia to acquire small unmanned aerial vehicles
A senior Australian government minister on Thursday announced a $75.2 million government investment in small unmanned aerial vehicles for the country's military. ... more
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Australia buys AeroVironment Wasp AE for new small UAV program
AeroVironment reports the selection of the company's Wasp AE small unmanned aircraft system by the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The ADF Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract ca ... more
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Drone vs. truck deliveries: Which create less carbon pollution?
Delivering packages with drones can reduce carbon dioxide emissions in certain circumstances as compared to truck deliveries, a new study from University of Washington transportation engineers finds ... more
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SkyGuardian drone tops 48 hours in air
The new MQ-9B SkyGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc has set a flight endurance record - more than 48 hours. ... more

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UAS Update with NSR Analyst Prateep Basu
In a recent report, Northern Sky Research (NSR) analyzes how unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are evolving, along with their current and potential applications. As the number of in-service units incr ... more
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NASA Drone Traffic Management Tests Take Off in Reno
NASA and its partners are in the midst of testing the next, more complex version of its Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) technologies with live, remotely-operated aircraft, o ... more
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Northrop Grumman awarded contract for MQ-4C drone maintenance
Northrop Grumman has received a $49.4 million contract for parts, material and labor required for the maintenance of the MQ-4C unmanned aircraft system in accordance with planned production, the Department of Defense reported Monday. ... more
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Exploring underground with a colliding drone
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano last weekend helped to explore the caverns under Sicily using a drone that deliberately bumped into its surroundings in order to build a map. ESA has been testing ... more
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General Atomics receives MQ-9 contract
General Atomics has received a $400 million contract for production of 36 MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft, the Department of Defense reported on Tuesday. ... more
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Drone to replace Israeli manned maritime patrol aircraft
Heron 1 unmanned aerial systems are to replace manned Sea Scan maritime patrol aircraft of the Israeli Air Force. ... more
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UK prison moves to stop drone deliveries of contraband
A British prison will install anti-drone technology to stop contraband being smuggled through the skies, the jail's governor told AFP on Tuesday. ... more
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Latvian daredevil in 'drone-diving' world first
A Latvian tech company is claiming a world first after successfully test-flying a super-powered drone which lifted a daredevil skydiver aloft, from where he parachuted safely back down to earth. ... more
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