Archive: Unmanned Systems

FAA Plans Proposed Rulemaking For Remote Drone Identification

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) next spring plans to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) related to remote identification of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operating around airports and the national airspace to help law enforcement and other authorities rapidly identify potentially wayward drones and their operators, an agency official said on Tuesday. The “intent” […]

DHS Plans Testing Program In 2019 For Counter UAS Systems

With new legislation opening the door for testing, evaluating and eventually deploying systems to mitigate threats from unmanned aircraft systems that can be purchased commercially, the Department of Homeland Security plans to begin evaluating related technologies and systems in 2019. Sandia National Laboratories, on behalf of the DHS Science and Technology Directorate, on Monday issued […]

Belgium Picks General Atomics MQ-9B For High-Altitude Surveillance

Belgium’s government has approved the start of negotiations for the purchase of the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) MQ-9B SkyGaurdian. As it is a foreign military sale from California-based General Atomics, the Belgian and U.S. governments must negotiate terms under which the sale will take place. The MQ-9B is the newest version of GA-ASI’s MQ-9 […]

CyPhy’s Tethered Drones Provide Limitless Uptime to Army, Navy

Drones can be used for covert surveillance, attacks, refueling, patrolling, inspection, and any number of other tasks that benefit from a portable aircraft with an operator kept out of harm’s way. The U.S. Army and Navy Special Operations Forces use drones from CyPhy Works to get around one of the big hindrances with most unmanned […]

In FAA Bill, Senate Passes TSA Reauthorization, Counter-Drone Measures

The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a five-year reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that includes additional legislative measures that would also reauthorize the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and provide limited authorities to the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to deploy technologies to defeat potential threats from aerial drones. The bipartisan FAA […]

Bell Moving to Scale Up Autonomous Delivery Drones for U.S. Military

Bell [TXT] is developing the scalability and flight control software of its Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) family of vehicles to meet U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army requirements, Todd Worden, the Bell senior manager of global military business development and advanced tiltrotor systems, said in an interview at Modern Day Marine this week […]

L3 Acquires UK Firm That Makes Unmanned Surface Vehicles

Adding to its growing franchise of unmanned maritime system capabilities, L3 Technologies [LLL] on Monday said it has acquired ASV Global, a United Kingdom-based developer and manufacturer of unmanned surface vessels and related technology for commercial, scientific, military and security applications. Terms of the deal, which closed on Sept. 20, were not disclosed. ASV also […]

Counter Drone Measure Included In Bipartisan House, Senate FAA Agreement

House and Senate conferees last Saturday evening reached agreement on a bipartisan, long-term reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that includes legislation allowing the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to counter threats posed by drones in limited circumstances. The counter unmanned aircraft system (UAS) legislation also allows DHS to research, develop and […]

MQ-4C Triton Crashes In California

One of two MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) crashed yesterday on a Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC), Calif., base runway following an inflight mechanical issue and landing gear failure. A spokesperson for Naval Air Force Atlantic (CNAL) told Defense Daily in a statement on Thursday that the Triton experienced an “inflight mechanical issue” during […]