Archive: UAV

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Boeing HorizonX Invests In Drone Delivery Firm Matternet

Boeing’s [BA] year-old ventures unit on Tuesday announced its fourth investment in autonomous aircraft systems, leading a funding round in Matternet, a startup firm that has developed unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and related software for delivering small packages. The $16 million Series A funding also includes Swiss Post, Sony Corp.’s [SNE] Sony Innovation Fund, and […]

Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS) provides a material resupply
for Marines assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 8, based at Marine Corps
Base Camp Lejeune, NC during the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab Expeditionary
Hybrid Logistics experiment conducted in conjunction with Integrated
Training Exercise 3-18 at Marine Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms,
CA, May 14, 2018.

Robotic Rotorcraft Brain Resupplies US Marines During Live Exercise

During a recent exercise in California, Marines at a simulated combat outpost were resupplied by a robotic rotorcraft that could locate, fly to and land at their position without human input. Although a human pilot was in the cockpit of the Bell [TXT] UH-1 Huey, that Marine was not in control of the aircraft as it […]

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Boeing’s Insitu Nabs $117 Million Contract To Provide UAS Services To Coast Guard

The Coast Guard late Wednesday awarded a potential $117.2 million contract to Boeing’s [BA] Insitu unit to provide contractor owned and operated small unmanned aircraft (sUAS) services aboard its fleet of National Security Cutters (NSC), the first time the service has contracted for sustained and wide-scale use of unmanned aircraft. Boeing beat out an offering […]

Kittyhawk's software enables UAS traffic management capabilities. Photo: Kittyhawk

Boeing Invests In Small Firm Supporting UAS Traffic Management

Boeing [BA] on Wednesday said its HorizonX Ventures arm invested in a small company that develops and supplies software for use in helping manage traffic of commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The $5 million seed funding round in California-based Kittyhawk was led by Bonfire Ventures and includes HorizonX, Freestyle Capital, and Kluz Ventures. HorizonX’s investments […]

Artist's rendering of Bell Helicopter's V-247 Group 5 UAV. Photo: Bell Helicopter.

Marines Want Shipboard VTOL Drone For $20 Million A Copy

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Currently the only U.S. military service without a high-end unmanned aircraft, the U.S. Marine Corps is in the market for a high-altitude long-endurance drone that can launch from a ship, perform reconnaissance and relay communication to deployed ground forces for about $20 million per copy. Other missions for what the Marine Corps […]

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Johnson Wants Counter Drone Bill In Senate NDAA

A bipartisan bill introduced last month that would enable the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to begin developing policies, procedures and capabilities for countering threats posed by unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in limited circumstances in U.S. airspace hopefully will become part of the Senate’s version of an annual defense policy bill, the chairman of […]

CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait – A 1st Security Forces Assistance Brigade (SFAB) Soldier uses a Drone Defender to capture and control a drone as its flying, Mar. 6, 2018. The Drone Defender uses an electromagnetic pulse to disable its target and has a range of 600 meters. (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Brent Thacker)

New Military Bases Added To List of No-Drone Zones

Responding to a request to enhance unmanned aircraft flight restrictions over military bases, the FAA recently made the airspace over three new Defense Department facilities no-drone zones and extended the restricted boundary of a third. Using existing “special security instructions” authority, the FAA has incrementally addressed the threat of “malicious drone operations” by establishing airspace […]

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.).

Bipartisan Group Of Senators Introduce Counter Drone Bill To Protect Homeland Assets

A small bipartisan group of Senators on Monday introduced legislation that would give the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice authorities to defeat threats posed by unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to certain facilities and assets. The bill comes as the two departments are completing work on a proposal to Congress for legislative authorities to disrupt […]

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Coast Guard Slammed For Being Slow To Adopt Blue Technologies

The top Republican and Democrat on a House panel that oversees policymaking for the Coast Guard on Tuesday criticized the service for taking too much time to adopt new technologies for the maritime domain that can be used on their capital assets to help fill operational gaps. “You’re the smallest force, you have the fewest […]