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  • Skylark, a Cloud-Based, High-Precision GNSS Service

    The Villages, San Jose Swift Navigation, a San Francisco-based tech firm building GPS technology to power a world of autonomous vehicles, has announced the release of Skylark, a new, one-of-a-kind cloud-based GNSS corrections service that delivers affordable, fast, centimeter-level accuracy and eliminates the complexity of deploying and maintaining GNSS networks. Skylark was built from the […]

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  • Leonardo Target Authorised for Military Operations

    Following comprehensive testing at the PISQ (Poligono Interforze Salto di Quirra) joint armed forces test range in Sardinia, Leonardo’s new Mirach-40 (M-40) target drone has been authorised for operational use by the Italian Directorate of Air Armaments and Airworthiness (DAAA), as the national Military Airworthiness Authority (MAA). This means the M-40 is now ready for operations under a 3-year target drone service contract from the NATOSupport and Procurement Agency (NSPA), […]

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  • Belarus Berkut-2 UAV Upgraded

    Belarus’ JSC Agat – Control Systems has upgraded the Berkut-2 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) adopted by Belarusian Armed Forces and the State Board Committee of the country, according to the press department of the State Military Industrial Committee (Goskomvoenprom) of the Republic of Belarus. “In March 2015, JSC Agat – Control Systems, the managing company […]

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  • VTOL Variant of PD-1 from Ukraine

    Ukranian company Ukrspecsystems has unveiled a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) variant of its PD-1 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at Defexpo 2018. The company’s general manager, Jacob Cereteli, told Jane’s that the conventional fixed-wing UAV has now been fitted with four electrically powered rotors, two on each wing, which enables for VTOL operations. The system has an […]

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  • Drone Technology Helps Stop Weed Invasion

     Artificial intelligence, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and high-resolution cameras have been successfully used to automatically detect and map an aggressive weed, in an effort to stop it spreading through Queensland’s coastal dunes. The trial project was a collaboration between the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Aspect UAV Imaging and QUT researchers and was […]

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  • Sky-Power-driven VTOL on 3W-International’s Stand at Xponential 2018

    A-techsyn — manufacturer of VTOLs, fixed-wing UAS, target-acquisition drones, and communications and autopilot systems — will introduce the first VTOL equipped with one of 3W-International-performance-partner Sky Power’s engines at Xponential 2018 as part of the 3W-Interntational exhibition stand. A SP-110 FI TS based on 3W-International GmbH’s 110 ccm model is involved here. The engine can […]

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  • Russian VRT300 Rotary-Wing UAV Bench Tests Start

    Russian Helicopters has begun bench tests of the main systems for the VRT300 rotary-wing unmanned air vehicle being developed by its VR-Technologies design bureau. If the programme stays on track, the company will by year-end begin flight tests of a 300kg (661lb) prototype, it says. So far, the “functional and technical configuration” of the UAV […]

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  • New White House Policy on Export of UAS

    The United States has removed some restrictions on sales of its advanced drones in order to reinforce the armies of its allies and compete with China on the world arms market. President Donald Trump’s White House announced an update to its policy on arms transfers to promote US exports and jobs, and specifically to loosen […]

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  • Raytheon Completes Small Diameter Bomb II Tests

    Raytheon Company has completed developmental testing on the Small Diameter Bomb II, a key step toward bringing this new capability to fighter pilots. Government confidence testing, a prerequisite for operational testing, is scheduled to be completed this year. Raytheon has also begun work on the SDB II second production lot after completing delivery of Lot 1 […]

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  • Xcel Energy Becomes First Utility to Fly Drones BVLOS

    The Federal Aviation Administration granted approval to Xcel Energy for drone flights beyond the operator’s line of sight. Through its new Part 107 waiver, the company claims it will be the first utility in the nation to routinely fly drones BVLOS when it begins surveying transmission lines near Denver. “Xcel Energy is honored to be the first […]

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