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May 5, 2014
The Camcopter S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) demonstrated its capability across several different maritime scenarios to Dutch Authorities in Den Helder, The Netherlands, on April 29, 2014. Consolidating its maritime position, the S-100 demonstrated its ability to support maritime commanders and decision makers in the North Sea, west of Den...
May 2, 2014
Kaman's K-Max unmanned aircraft system, well-known in Afghanistan, has completed more than 1,800 unmanned resupply missions and delivered more than four million pounds of supplies to troops throughout the region since being deployed in...
April 24, 2014
Sikorsky Aircraft has demonstrated the optionally piloted flight of a Black Hawk helicopter, a significant step toward providing autonomous cargo delivery functionality to the U.S. Army.  The Optionally Piloted Black Hawk (OPBH) Demonstrator, known as Sikorsky’s Manned/Unmanned Resupply Aerial Lifter (MURAL) Program...
April 21, 2014
The first of six test sites for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research chosen by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is now operational, two and a half months ahead of schedule. The FAA 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...
April 10, 2014
Under an expanded contract, Northrop Grumman Corporation will build five additional U.S. Navy MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopters, which allow ship commanders to extend their intelligence-gathering capabilities far beyond...
April 9, 2014
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is spearheading the development of a new rotary-wing aircraft software and sensor system that would bring autonomous approaches and landings via manned or unmanned helicopters. According to ONR, the autonomous aerial cargo/utility system (AACUS) is...
April 7, 2014
The U.S. Navy has unveiled a $100-million program to fund the development of newer, more autonomous helicopter drones. The program, which will likely be a key subject at the Navy League’s annual Sea-Air-Space Conference in Washington, DC, this week, aims to further reduce the need to have a trained aviator in the loop. Unlike current unmanned systems, the new technology will be expected to solve...
April 1, 2014
The K-Max production line could be brought back to life if there are enough orders to make it cost-effective, said Terry Fogarty, Kaman’s general manager for unmanned systems. Although he admitted that the company regularly gets requests for its veteran intermeshing rotor helicopter, which obtained its type certificate back in 1994, Kaman used Heli-Expo to gauge just how serious potential customers...
March 7, 2014
Australian company StopRotor Technology says it has “attracted significant interest from industry” in progressing development of its innovative Hybrid RotorWing design, which can fly as a helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft and transition between the two. The Sydney-based company declines to comment on development proposals, but general manager Deanne Watkins says it is also looking to work with...
February 27, 2014
Sikorsky Aircraft’s Matrix Technology autonomy research program has progressed to the second phase of flight test activities with the installation of advanced sensors that will allow the Sikorsky Autonomy Research Aircraft (SARA) to conduct real-time perception work.   SARA. Photo courtesy of Sikorsky Aircraft...
December 1, 2013
MQ-8C initial flight. Northrop Grumman has carried out the maiden flight of the unmanned MQ-8C. A ground-based group consisting of representatives from the U.S. Navy and North- rop Grumman flew the aircraft on Oct. 31 from Naval Base Ventura County in Point Mugu, Calif. The initial...
December 1, 2013
Eurocopter and AeroVironment signed a cooperative agreement during the AUSA annual meeting in late October to begin exploring new collaborative opportunities. The teaming agreement will focus on...
November 8, 2013
Northrop Grumman has conducted the first flight of the unmanned MQ-8C. A ground-based group from the U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman flew the aircraft on Oct. 31 from Naval Base Ventura County in Point Mugu, Calif. The initial flight took seven minutes to validate the...
November 1, 2013
MQ-8C ground tests. The U.S. Navy’s first MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter has completed ground testing and engine runs during its initial testing at Naval Base Ventura Country Point Mugu, Calif. Northrop Grumman engineers...
November 1, 2013
Eurocopter and AeroVironment signed a cooperative agreement during the AUSA annual meeting in late October to begin exploring new collaborative opportunities. The partnership will focus on combining...
October 1, 2013
The U.S. Marine Corps has once again extended the Kaman/Lockheed Martin unmanned K-Max helicopter trial in Afghanistan for another full year from August 2013. This despite of one of the two aircraft crashing on June 5 at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand Province, which has left it grounded and in need of extensive repairs. The USMC will continue with one aircraft and have not yet...
August 30, 2013
Australian company StopRotor Technology has completed the first in-flight transition between fixed and rotary wing using its prototype Hybrid RotorWing, a project that the company launched earlier this year that can fly as either a helicopter or fixed wing aircraft.     Computer rendering of the Hybrid...
August 14, 2013
Sikorsky Aircraft has uncovered its future plans for unmanned and optionally piloted flights in the helicopter industry, and it starts with a name: Matrix Technology. The company officially launched the endeavor August 13 at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems in Washington, DC. Representatives from Sikorsky explained various elements of the program to Rotor & Wing and sister publication Defense Daily...
August 1, 2013
The details are out for this year’s Helitech International Conference, scheduled for Sept. 24-26 at ExCel in London. The event, organized by Reed Exhibitions, will open and close with sessions dedicated to the future of the rotorcraft industry. A series of presentations on SESAR initiatives, the Single European Sky, GPS, EGNOS and operator experiences will follow an opening keynote on Sept. 24. The...
June 1, 2013
Products | R&D Eurocopter conducted the first public flight of its optionally manned capability in late April at the Istres air base, located in the south of France and near the company’s Marignane facility. The demonstration aircraft, an EC145 with 70 lbs of control equipment onboard, flew two demonstration paths within a restricted area inside the airfield. The first flight, with a pilot...
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