TAG: unmanned aerial vehicle

LTE cellular steers UAV: Signals of opportunity work in challenged environments

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No GPS? No Problem! Long-term evolution (LTE) cellular signals can be exploited for accurate and resilient autonomous vehicle navigation in the absence of clear GNSS signals. Simulation and experimental results demonstrate that GPS-like performance can be achieved in the absence of GPS signals when cellular pseudoranges aid an inertial navigation system. By Zaher M. Kassas, Joshua J. Morales, Kimia Shamaei,... read more

Vanilla Aircraft claims record with 56-hour unmanned flight

January 6, 2017By
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On Dec. 2, Vanilla Aircraft‘s VA001 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) completed a world record non-stop, unrefueled 56-hour flight. The flight was supported by the technology innovation investments of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Rapid Reaction Technology Office (RRTO) and DARPA-funded efforts through Naval Air System Command (NAVAIR 4.11 – Patuxent River). The flight, planned as a 120-hour mission, was ended... read more

Arcturus VTOL UAS deployed with the Mexican Navy

May 2, 2016By
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Arcturus UAV reports the Mexican Navy has deployed its T-20 Jump fixed-wing vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAV for unspecified operations in Mexico. The customer took delivery of the VTOL system in March. The announcement was made at AUVSI’s Xponential 2016. The T-20 Jump is a VTOL variant of Arcturus UAV’s catapult launched T-20 platform. It operates without any special... read more

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Australia could replace jet fighters with unmanned combat

March 30, 2016By

Australian Chief of the Defence Force Mark Binskin said that combat drones could take the place of some Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs). A defense white paper states that Australia will buy 72 Joint Strike Fighters to replace current fighter planes “Classic” Hornets, six of which are now flying bombing raids over Iraq and Syria. But it leaves open the possibility... read more

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US military leads autonomous trend

March 11, 2016By
The helicopter delivered the Land Tamer, Carnegie Mellon's unmanned ground vehicle. (Photo: CMU)

Virtually all unmanned systems use GPS location technology and advanced mapping. As systems evolve, and enemy threats become more sophisticated, new requirements are emerging. The U.S. military is out in front of this trend, developing unmanned autonomous systems at an even faster pace, with more ambitious goals, than the civilian market. read more

AUVSI to host massive trade show, works with US UAV regulators

January 20, 2016By
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The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has renamed its major annual conference — XPONENTIAL — and the 2016 edition will be held in New Orleans at the Morial Convention Center on the west bank of the Mississippi, May 2–5. The huge convention center is hosting the event across two large halls, with more than 350,000 square feet of space for up... read more

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DJI launches company’s first agriculture drone

December 3, 2015By
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Unmanned aerial vehicle maker DJI has launched of a smart, crop-spraying agricultural drone. The DJI Agras MG-1 is dustproof, water-resistant and made of anti-corrosive materials. It can be rinsed clean and folded up for easy transport and storage after use. The eight-rotor Agras can load more than 10 kilograms of liquid for crop-spraying and can cover between seven and 10 acres per hour.... read more

SkyTracker Launched to Thwart Drone Threats in Protected Airspace

November 23, 2015By
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CACI International has released SkyTracker, a precision system to protect high-value assets and support public safety against the escalating threat posed by the inadvertent or unlawful misuse of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). SkyTracker’s UAS detection, identification, and tracking system uses the drone’s radio links to precisely identify and locate UAS flying in banned or protected airspace, and has the unique capability to... read more