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  • IARPA Announces the UG2+ Prize Challenge to Improve UAV-Captured ImageryThe Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, today announced the UG2+ Prize Challenge, a competition that leverages a unique computer vision dataset of unmanned aerial vehicle, glider, and ground (UG2) data. This second edition of the challenge aims to advance the analysis of images collected by […]
  • Ukraine Army Receives First Bayraktar Armed UAVsAccording to a 20 March press release from state-owned company UkrOboronProm the Armed Forces of Ukraine has received into service its first Bayraktar TB2 armed unmanned aerial vehicles. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Starokonstantinov handed over 420 units of aircraft and military equipment to the Ukrainian military, including the first Bayraktar TB2 unmanned systems. Tests of […]
  • Iran Holds Massive Drone Exercise over Persian GulfSquadrons of unmanned aerial vehicles flown by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps attended a large-scale war game over the Persian Gulf last week to practice an assault operation. In the combat and assault drill, codenamed ‘Ela Beit ul-Muqaddas-1’ (Towards al-Quds)*, the IRGC Aerospace Force flew tens of military drones toward a target on a tiny […]
  • GA-ASI Breaks Ground on New Hangar in El MirageGeneral Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) held a ground breaking ceremony today for a new hangar being built in El Mirage, Calif. The new facility in the high desert of southern California will be close to 150,000 square feet and be used to house and test GA-ASI’s latest Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) variant, the MQ-9B […]
  • First Flight for China’s Energy Battery-Powered UAVThe China-developed new energy battery-powered demonstration unmanned aerial vehicle, known as LQ-H, has conducted a successful maiden flight.  LQ-H, the technical demonstration UAV, conducted the flight at an airport in Zhengzhou in central China’s Henan Province, said its developer Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, which is also the developer of China’s C919 large passenger airplane. […]
  • Top 10 Bizarre AircraftThis video showcases a selection of the top 10 bizarre aircraft, and flying machines… Source: YouTube
  • First FAA COA with BVLoS Provision for Public Safety Drone ProgramCape, a cloud platform for drone telepresence and data management, has announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted the first-ever Certificate of Authorization (COA) with a provision for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) for a public safety organization. Cape worked closely with the FAA, and in partnership with the Chula Vista Police Department […]
  • Inside Zipline’s New Rwandan Distribution CentreThe New Times was given exclusive access to the recently established Kayonza-based distribution centre of Zipline, which is already serving five hospitals in Eastern Province, supplying vital blood by unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones. This is the second such facility, after the one in Muhanga, to be set up by the firm in Rwanda. […]
  • South Korea-Based Air Defense Battery Integrates Counter-UAS into Core CompetenciesAmid the looming threat of surveillance by Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), 8th Army recently validated the reception, staging, onward movement, and integration of Army Prepositioned Stock (APS) at Camp Carroll, Republic of Korea. In order to support 8th Army and combat the UAS threat, Echo Battery, 6-52 Air and Missile Defense Battalion (E/6-52 AMD BN) […]
  • NUAIR Deploys ANRA Technologies’ UTM SystemThe Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR), and Griffiss International Airport in Rome, New York, have successfully implemented the UAS traffic management (UTM) platform from ANRA Technologies into the New York State UAS test site. This advances the test site’s capabilities by enhancing multiple, simultaneous beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations that involve […]