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Marines Try Out Fully Autonomous Helicopters
The Marine Corps examined an innovative autonomous flying capability that enables troops to safely and reliably control helicopters from the ground, even in difficult weather conditions. The demonstration flight took place this week at the Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., as the Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced the successful conclusion of the Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS) program.
Aurora Tailors an Unmanned Flight Suite for the Huey
Aurora Flight Sciences will integrate the Tactical Autonomous Aerial Logistics System (TALOS) on a UH-1H helicopter for capability demonstration to the US Navy and Marine Corps, flight demonstrations of the unmanned, autonomous Huey are planned in 2017-2018.
DARPA Selects Aurora’s LightningStrike 24-prop Hybrid VTOL X-Plane
A canard aircraft using 24 electrically driven rotors tucked inside its wings was selected by DARPA to demonstrate high speed and vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) capabilities. The revolutionary unmanned vehicle is scheduled to begin flight tests in the 2018.
Unmanned Centaur Flies over NY State
The Centaur optionally piloted aircraft (OPA) has flown multiple unmanned flights over the State of New York, operating from Griffiss International Airport in Rome, New York during the past month. The flights marked the first time any large-scale, fixed-wing aircraft has flown at either of six FAA-designated unmanned aircraft test sites in the U.S.
Orion UAS breaks flight endurance record on 80 hour mission
Aurora Flight Sciences announced that it has filed for an official world endurance record following an 80 hour flight by its Orion unmanned aircraft system (UAS). However, Despite the impressive performance of the system, the US Air Force is not interested in buying more systems
Sikorsky Unveils S-97 RAIDER Helicopter
Sikorsky Aircraft yesterday unveiled the first of two S-97 Raider helicopter prototypes, signaling the start of activities in the program’s test flight phase and a major step toward demonstrating the new – and first – armed reconnaissance rotorcraft featuring X2 Technology designed for military missions.
A miniature drone made of styrofoam help protects airbases in Afghanistan
The US Air Force has been testing the Skate, a small, miniature drone made of styrofoam that has demonstrated the ability to autonomously and quietly conduct surveillance missions in urban areas, or in areas with dense obstacles, providing constant monitoring and surveillance for security and force protection
Sikorsky, Aurora Flight Sciences to Develop VTOL X-Planes for DARPA
DARPA has awarded $30 million of a planned $47 funding allocated for preliminary design for the ‘VTOL X-Plane’, an experimental aircraft that can fly...
First Flight of the Orion Mega MALE Drone
Aurora Flight Sciences Orion UAS has made its first flight last month, on August 24, 2013 the Orion took off from an unnamed airfield...
DARPA Selects AAI, Lockheed Martin for Transformer (TX) Program
To meet much of transportation needs of today’s deployed Warfighter, either highly mobile multipurpose wheeled vehicles (HMMWV) are used, or helicopters, which have limited...
Vulture Solar-Powered UAV Set For Months long Mission by 2014
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected a concept developed by the Boeing Company (NYSE:BA) for the second phase of the...
New Propellers, Energy Sources Could Make Small UAVs Stealthier
The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is looking for means to reduce the acoustic signature of such UAVs. As part of this effort AFRL...
Excalibur VTOL UCAV Demonstrated in Flight
Aurora Flight Sciences Corp. completed the first flight of the Excalibur Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) last month. The first flight took place at Aberdeen...
Grouping Small Satellites into Powerful Optical Arrays
A team of scientists from Aurora Flight Sciences and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Space Systems Laboratory are developing a method to optimize...
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