UAVs and Ground Control

Navy lays groundwork to begin official competition to build carrier-based combat unmanned aerial vehicle

Navy lays groundwork to begin official competition to build carrier-based combat unmanned aerial vehicle

PATUXENT RIVER NAS Md., 23 April 2014. Four U.S. designers of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are set to square-off in a do-or-die competition to build the first deployable carrier-based combat UAV. U.S. Navy officials have signaled the imminent release of a solicitation to design the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) aircraft.

First UAS test site operational: FAA issues North Dakota Department of Commerce COA to begin testing

First UAS test site operational: FAA issues North Dakota Department of Commerce COA to begin testing

WASHINGTON, 21 April 2014. The first of U.S. six test sites chosen by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to perform unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research is operational more than 2 months ahead of the Congress-specified deadline for the program. FAA officials granted the North Dakota Department of Commerce team a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) to begin using a Draganflyer X4ES small UAS at its Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site. The team plans to begin flight operations during the week of May 5; the COA is effective for two years.

FAA to establish center of excellence to deal with issues of military and civil unmanned aircraft operating together

FAA to establish center of excellence to deal with issues of military and civil unmanned aircraft operating together

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., 13 April 2014. U.S. aviation authorities say they will create a center of excellence for unmanned aircraft within the next year, consisting of representatives from government, academia, and industry to conduct unmanned aircraft research, education, and training.

Raytheon to develop hypertemporal multispectral sensor space instrument for Air Force Research Laboratory

Raytheon to develop hypertemporal multispectral sensor space instrument for Air Force Research Laboratory

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M., 6 April 2014. U.S. Air Force space surveillance experts are looking to the Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in El Segundo, Calif., to blend multispectral images of the Earth taken over time to extract important reconnaissance information that otherwise might not be visible to intelligence analysts.

Navy continues effort to extend range of helicopter UAVs; asks Northrop Grumman to build five MQ-8C Fire Scouts

Navy continues effort to extend range of helicopter UAVs; asks Northrop Grumman to build five MQ-8C Fire Scouts

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 6 April 2014. Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designers at Northrop Grumman Corp. will build five long-range unmanned helicopters for operation from destroyers and other surface warships under terms of a $43.8 million U.S. Navy contract announced this past week.

U.S. military researchers ready to kick off program to enable unmanned aircraft to share information and work together

U.S. military researchers ready to kick off program to enable unmanned aircraft to share information and work together

ARLINGTON, Va., 30 March 2014. U.S. military researchers will brief industry in April on an upcoming project to enable surveillance and attack unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to work together on missions involving electronic jamming, degraded communications, and other difficult operating conditions.

Boeing chosen to help DARPA find ways to launch satellites inexpensively from aircraft in $30.7 million contract

Boeing chosen to help DARPA find ways to launch satellites inexpensively from aircraft in $30.7 million contract

ARLINGTON, Va., 30 March 2014. Rocket scientists at the Boeing Co. Advanced Network & Space Systems segment in Huntington Beach, Calif., will help U.S. military researchers develop rapid and inexpensive launch capability to place small satellites in orbit at a cost of less than $10,000 per pound.

Air Force asks General Atomics to upgrade UAV ground-control stations for use with the Internet

Air Force asks General Atomics to upgrade UAV ground-control stations for use with the Internet

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 30 March 2014. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) experts at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. in Poway, Calif., are performing major software upgrades on U.S. Air Force UAV ground control stations to enhance UAV ground control over the Internet.

Qatar Armed Forces partners with Thales to develop optionally piloted aircraft

Qatar Armed Forces partners with Thales to develop optionally piloted aircraft

DOHA, Qatar, 27 March 2014. Thales officials have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Qatar Armed Forces to assist in the development of an Optionally Piloted Vehicle – Aircraft (OPV-A), a high-performance intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) system, and the delivery of an end-to-end training solution.

Nvidia

NVIDIA Jetson TK1 kit enables local analysis of data captured by UAS, satellites

SAN JOSE, Calif., 27 March 2014. More than 3,500 professionals flocked to NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC), where NVIDIA CEO and Co-Founder Jen-Hsun Huang introduced the NVIDIA Jetson TK1 Developer Kit, enabling software developers and engineers to harness mobile processors for the advancement of avionics and other embedded systems.

U.S. military forces plan to spend more than $2.4 billion in fiscal 2015 on unmanned aerial vehicle production

U.S. military forces plan to spend more than $2.4 billion in fiscal 2015 on unmanned aerial vehicle production

WASHINGTON, 16 March 2014. U.S. military leaders plan to spend $2.45 billion next year on unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) procurement and research, with the RQ-4 Global Hawk, MQ-9 Reaper, and the experimental U.S. Navy Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance And Strike (UCLASS) system expected to be the biggest winners.

NASA scientists plan near-Earth asteroid photo fly-by; ask industry for space-qualified color imaging camera

NASA scientists plan near-Earth asteroid photo fly-by; ask industry for space-qualified color imaging camera

PASADENA, Calif., 2 March 2014. U.S deep-space researchers are asking industry for ideas on how to develop space-qualified cameras for CubeSat spacecraft. CubeSats, which will be launched on deep-space exploration missions, measure 10 by 10 by 10 centimeters, and are about the size of large softballs.

Software to help warfighters plan air battles with manned aircraft and UAVs is topic of DARPA industry briefing this week

Software to help warfighters plan air battles with manned aircraft and UAVs is topic of DARPA industry briefing

ARLINGTON, Va., 23 Feb. 2014. U.S. military researchers will brief industry on 28 Feb. 2014 on a program to develop software decision aids to plan aerial battles involving manned combat aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

TTTech introduces 3U VPX avionics full-duplex switched Ethernet (AFDX) device for airborne embedded computing

TTTech introduces 3U VPX avionics full-duplex switched Ethernet (AFDX) device for airborne embedded computing

ANDOVER, Mass., 23 Feb. 2014. TTTech North America Inc. in Andover, Mass., is introducing an Avionics Full-Duplex Switched Ethernet (AFDX) switch in 3U VPX form factor for embedded computing avionics databus architectures in aerospace systems.

K-MAX

Lockheed Martin Corp. and Kaman Aerospace Corporation have transformed Kaman’s proven K-MAX® power lift helicopter into an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) capable of autonomous or remote controlled cargo delivery. Its mission: battlefield cargo resupply for the U.S. military.

Insitu upgrades unmanned aircraft system common command and control system

Insitu upgrades unmanned aircraft system common command and control system

BINGEN, Wash., 17 Feb. 2014. Insitu introduces version 2.0 of its ICOMC2 common command and control system, enabling a single operator to control multiple unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) with small-footprint, mobile hardware that features an open-architecture design able to be customized with plug-ins and new applications.

Rugged Ethernet nano circular connectors for airborne networking in UAVs, missiles, and C4ISR introduced by TE

Rugged Ethernet nano circular connectors for airborne networking in UAVs, missiles, and C4ISR introduced by TE

HARRISBURG, Pa., 16 Feb. 2014. TE Connectivity in Harrisburg, Pa., is introducing the rugged CeeLok FAS-T nano circular connector for 10 Gigabit Ethernet applications in missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), soldier systems, and command, control, communications, computers, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR).

Sunhillo unveils compact Avalon terminal server for aerospace applications requiring low maintenance, high reliability

Sunhillo unveils compact Avalon terminal server for aerospace applications requiring low maintenance, high reliability

WEST BERLIN, N.J., 14 Feb. 2014. Sunhillo Corp., a provider of air traffic control (ATC) surveillance and data communications solutions, introduces the Avalon terminal server platform.

Navy to brief industry this month on strategies for unmanned aerial vehicles, electronic warfare, and biofuels

RIDGECREST, Calif., 9 Feb. 2014. U.S. Navy air warfare experts will brief industry on their acquisition strategies for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), electronic warfare (EW), biofuels, and other important technologies on 26 Feb. at China Lake Naval Weapons Station in Ridgecrest, Calif.

Sagetech wins U.S. Department of Defense AIMS certification for compact transponder well suited to UAS

HOOD RIVER, Ore., 7 Feb. 2014. Officials at the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) International Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System, Identification Friend or Foe, Mark XII/Mark XIIA, Systems (AIMS) Program Office (AIMS PO) at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., in collaboration with the U.S. Navy, awarded AIMS Mark XA certification to the Sagetech XPC-TR-50 Mode C transponder from Sagetech in Hood River, Ore.

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