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Weekend Roundup

A roundup of noteworthy news in the unmanned systems and robotics world this week, including Google’s UAS delivery service and new space exploration robots. …

Coast Guard, NOAA Test Puma in Arctic Exercise

The Coast Guard’s Research and Development Center teamed this summer with NOAA, launching an AeroVironment Puma from the Coast Guard cutter Healy.

CU-Boulder to Create UAS Lightning Detection Sensor

A newly funded project out of the University of Colorado Boulder will create an instrument for UAS that can detect the electric field changes that measure lightning strikes.

Camcopter Aids Refugees in Mediterranean

Schiebel’s Camcopter S-100 unmanned helicopter is helping save refugees in the Mediterranean Sea as a part of the Migrant Offshore Aid Station operation.

Weekend Roundup

A roundup of noteworthy news in the unmanned systems and robotics world this week, including NASA's robot miners and Africa's unmanned news gathering solution.

Northrop Drafting XS-1 Experimental Space Plane Design

Northrop Grumman, with partners Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic, is creating a design and flight demonstration plan for DARPA’s Experimental Spaceplane XS-1 program.

DOT Begins V2V Rulemaking Process

Today, NHTSA released an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking, a preliminary step that will lead to the eventual adoption of the safety system in all vehicles.

Ohio John Deere Dealer to Sell UAS

The largest John Deere dealership in Ohio, J.D. Equipment, has formed an agreement with Indiana company Precision Drone LLC to sell the company’s hexacopters, intended for agricultural use.

SMSS, K-Max Pair for First Fully Autonomous Mission

Lockheed Martin and TARDEC announced today that they have successfully performed a fully autonomous cargo resupply demonstration where the company’s unmanned K-Max helicopter delivered an SMSS.

X-47B Testing With Hornet on USS Roosevelt

The U.S. Navy has started another round of X-47B tests yesterday, this time pairing the unmanned combat air vehicle with manned aircraft on board the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

Weekend Roundup

A roundup of noteworthy news in the unmanned systems and robotics world this week, including a robot butler in a hotel and telepresence robots in an art museum. ...

Neya Systems Releases Autonomy Architecture

Neya Systems has released the UxAB hardware and software architecture that combines sensor processing, localization, manipulator control, autonomy and navigation into one package.

Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership Test Site Cleared for Operation

The final FAA-selected UAS test site location was deemed fully operational on 13 Aug. at an event at Virginia Tech, which featured Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.

Life-Saving UAS Now Enshrined in the Smithsonian

A small unmanned aircraft that was used to save a man’s life in Canada last year has now made its way to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum.

Headwall Releases New Hyperspectral Sensor

Massachusetts company Headwall has released a new hyperspectral sensor, called the High Resolution Hyperspec, targeted at the unmanned aircraft systems market.

Texas Researchers Expand Boundaries of UAS Wi-Fi

Researchers from the University of North Texas recently demonstrated how a small unmanned aircraft could provide long-range wireless communications to areas ravaged by natural disasters.

FAA Queries for Final Center of Excellence Applicants

The FAA released its final solicitation seeking applicants for the Center of Excellence for UAS, a facility that will have the duty of looking at current and future issues related to integration.

Weekend Roundup

A roundup of noteworthy news in the unmanned systems and robotics world this week, including self-folding origami robots and a unmanned underwater system tweeting hurricane data.

FAA: New York Test Site Up and Running

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration announced today that the Griffiss International Airport unmanned aircraft systems test site, located in Rome, New York, is now operational.

Boeing Names Ryan Hartman New Insitu Head

Ryan Hartman has been selected as the new president and CEO of Boeing’s subsidiary Insitu Inc.

UTEC StarNet Partners With Sky-Futures

UTEC StarNet, a division of one of the branches of the Houston-based survey company UTEC, has announced a partnership with unmanned aircraft company Sky-Futures, based in the U.K., for 3-D inspection and on- and offshore asset management.

Saelig Releases Lightweight Telepresence Robot

Fairport, New York, company Saelig Co. Inc. has released its Double Telepresence Robot, a self-navigating platform that can send audio and video from remote locations so users can move through an environment from a far-off location.

Weekend Roundup

A roundup of noteworthy news in the unmanned systems and robotics world this week, including NASA's robotic gas station attendants in space and the U.K.'s driverless plans.

3D Robotics Acquires Sifteo

California UAV company 3D Robotics announced its acquisition of an electronics provider Sifteo, bringing designers, engineers and manufacturing experts to the company.

Weekend Roundup

A roundup of noteworthy news in the unmanned systems and robotics world this week, including…

FLIR Develops First Thermal Imaging System for Smartphones

Oregon sensor system provider FLIR Systems, has developed a thermal imaging accessory, FLIR One, for smartphones, the first of its kind.

CCUVS Manages First Canadian UAS Airspace

The Canadian Centre for Unmanned Vehicle Systems has received permission to manage restricted airspace in Southeast Alberta that is being developed for flying unmanned aircraft.

Unmanned K-Max Helos Return from Afghanistan

Two Lockheed Martin-Kaman K-Max helicopters are back at Lockheed’s Owego, New York, facility after a planned six-month demonstration in Afghanistan turned into a nearly three-year deployment.

Spanish Firm Develops First Nano Hyperspectral Camera

Álava Ingenieros, a Spanish technology solutions provider, has supplied the first nano-hyperspectral camera to the Centre for Industrial Technological Development research and development project, Intelecta.

Insitu UAV Accomplishes 24 Hours of Flight

Insitu’s Integrator unmanned aircraft recently stretched its endurance by successfully completing 24 hours of flight.

Liquid Robotics ASV Collects Data From Eye of Typhoon

Liquid Robotics’s Wave Glider autonomous surface vessel successfully gathered weather data through the eye of one of Asia’s biggest typhoons in 40 years, the Category 5 Typhoon Rammasun, in the South China Sea.

SeaBotix AUV Completes Underwater Exercise

The SeaBotix vLBV300 ROV participated in a MCM test exercise with two small combat rubber raiding craft (CRRC) comprising of the vLBV and an AUV, were launched from a C-130 Aircraft using a parachute to the ocean off Southern California held by Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training and Evaluation Unit...

Weekend Roundup

A roundup of noteworthy news in the unmanned systems and robotics world this week includes...

QinetiQ Partners With ASV for Supplies, Operations Contract

QinetiQ has entered into a contract with Autonomous Surface Vehicles Ltd. for supplies and operations support for autonomous surface targets.

Tekever Makes Farnborough History Again With UAS Flights

Portugal's Tekever has kicked off every day of the 2014 Farnborough International Airshow with a flying demonstration of two of its small unmanned aircraft, one of which is making its show debut.

Human Factors the Focus on Second Day of Automated Vehicle Symposium

Speakers from the second day of AUVSI and the TRB’s Automated Vehicle Symposium 2014 focused in on how people’s behaviors would play a key role in the adoption of autonomous vehicle technology.

FAA Approves Washington State Use of UAS for Wildfires

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources has been granted permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to use UAS to monitor wildfires, particularly in an emergency.

FCAS, Taranis Programs Announce Breakthroughs at Farnborough

Two major European unmanned aircraft systems initiatives reported major breakthroughs on 15 July, although their futures are still unclear.

Automated Vehicle Conference Speakers Foreshadow Impending Driverless Future

The leading self-driving vehicle experts speaking at this week’s Automated Vehicle Symposium 2014 discussed a not-too-distant future where vehicles could pilot themselves.

Pan-Pacific Test Range Conducts Demo for FAA, Law Enforcement Officials

The Pan-Pacific Unmanned Aircraft Test Range Complex conducted a training mission with the Alaska State Troopers, the Fairbanks Police Department and the Fairbanks Fire Department to demonstrate the benefits of using UAS with law enforcement and to help the Federal Aviation Administration establish...

ASTRAEA Preps for Phase Three

The ASTRAEA program is seeking £40 million in new funding to launch a
third round of work aimed at integrating medium and large unmanned aircraft into European skies.

Weekend Roundup

A roundup of noteworthy news in the unmanned systems and robotics world this week includes...

San Diego Utility to Fly UAS; Amazon Seeks Testing Approval

A San Diego utility has been granted a special airworthiness certificate from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to fly unmanned aircraft and test flight crews, even as Amazon has petitioned to be allowed to test its Prime Air UAS in the United States.

NOAA Researchers Use UAS to Survey Hawaii Wildlife

NOAA scientists and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service used UAS to study wildlife in the first of two scheduled deployments over the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands from 16-23 June.

Northrop Grumman’s Global Hawk Participates in NATO Exercise

Northrop Grumman’s Global Hawk participated in Unified Vision 2014, NATO's largest trial of Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance capabilities. The exercise is meant to demonstrate and evaluate how the alliance coordinates and deploys allied ISR systems.

LORD Corp. Introduces Enhancements to SensorCloud Technologies


LORD Corp.’s MicroStrain Sensing Systems has announced developments to its SensorCloud cloud-based sensor data platfor

AutonomouStuff, Xsens Partner for Distribution Contract

AutonomouStuff, a company that provides autonomous technologies, has formed a partnership with Xsens for a sales, distribution and support contract.

UTC Wins $103K Grant to Improve UAV Safety

UTC Aerospace Systems, an aerospace systems manufacturer based in Connecticut, received $103,000 grant from SoarOregon to work on UAV flight test safety.

Weekend Roundup

A roundup of noteworthy news in the unmanned systems and robotics world this week includes...

Phoenix AUV Completes Initial Search for Missing Malaysian Flight 370

Phoenix International Holdings finished side-scan sonar search operations for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 using the company’s Artemis AUV, a variant of the Bluefin-21, after starting its mission mid-April.

Weekend Roundup

A roundup of noteworthy news in the unmanned systems and robotics world this week includes...

UAS Demonstration Kicks Off North Dakota UAS Summit

A knife-wielding assailant had holed up in a small car with a hostage. The Grand Forks, North Dakota, police were able to use their Draganflyer X4ES aircraft to monitor the scene from a safe distance and then move in to end the standoff.

NASA, Rockwell Collins to Conduct Series of Tests for Safe UAS Integration in National Airspace

Rockwell Collins and NASA have scheduled a series of tests to safely integrate UAS into the national airspace.

Sunhillo Corp. Acquires Data Software Provider for Navigation Systems

Sunhillo Corporation, a provider of surveillance and data communication services has acquired the Performance Technologies Multi-Protocol Server (MPS) Division, from Sonus Network

NCSU Wins SUAS Competition

The Seafarer Chapter of AUVSI held the Student UAS Competition starting 18 to 22 June, after which North Carolina State University emerged as the winner following the successful completion of the tasks.

Resource Stewardship Consortia Plans RFD for Wildfire fighting UAS

The Resource Stewardship Consortia is putting out a request for demonstrations (RFD) to provide businesses, educational institutions and entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop UAS to assist the Oregon Department of Forestry in fighting nighttime wildfires and for providing fire reconnaissance.

Ground Companies Debut New Products at Eurosatory 2014

Companies from the unmanned ground vehicle sector have been upgrading and adding to their line up of systems, and many chose to unveil their new wares at Eurosatory, taking place this week in Paris.

Northrop Grumman, U.S. Navy Showcase Radar System for Unmanned Helicopter

Northrop Grumman Corp. and the U.S. Navy held a demonstration at Webster Field Annex, Md., for a maritime surveillance radar on the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter that will significantly improve imagery for long ranges and search capabilities for Navy commanders.

HitchBot Hikes Across Canada

McMaster University and Ryerson University researchers collaborated on creating a hitchhiking robot that will travel from coast to coast in Canada.

French Companies Show Flexibility at Eurosatory 2014

The ways to use unmanned systems are growing in numbers, and those concepts are on display at Eurosatory 2014, occurring this week in Paris.

Weekend Roundup

A roundup of noteworthy news in the unmanned systems and robotics world this week includes...

QUT Researchers Build SUAS to Identify Aircrafts in Flight to Avoid Collision

Unmanned systems researchers at Australia’s Queensland University of Technology have developed a small UAS with an onboard system that enables the vehicle to use vision to detect another aircraft in flight and avoid it.

NuWaves, Auriga Team Up for NASA Contract to Create Power Amplifier for UAS

NuWaves Engineering, an international radio frequency and microwave solutions provider, announced that the company has acquired a phase one small business innovation research contract from NASA to research and develop a linear C-band power amplifier for UAS.

Sonardyne, Liquid Robotics Collaborate to Improve Data Recovery on Wave Glider

Sonardyne International Ltd., a manufacturer of maritime technologies and Liquid Robotics, an ocean data services provider, have worked together on fitting a Wave Glider with a Sonardyne high speed acoustic modem to recover logged data on demand without using a survey vessel.

Northrop Grumman, U.S. Navy Conduct Manned, Unmanned Helicopter Flight Tests

Northrop Grumman Corp. and the U.S. Navy recently flew the unmanned MQ-8B Fire Scout simultaneously with the MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter for the first time during a successful flight test.

QUT Researchers Build SUAS to Identify Aircrafts in Flight to Avoid Collision

Unmanned systems researchers at Australia’s Queensland University of Technology have developed a small UAS with an onboard system that enables the vehicle to use vision to detect another aircraft in flight and avoid it.

Army, Lockheed Complete Second Phase of Convoy Demo

Today, the U.S. Army TARDEC announced that it has completed a new autonomous convoy demonstration with Lockheed Martin on its Autonomous Mobility Appliqué System.

Weekend Roundup


A roundup of noteworthy news in the unmanned systems and robotics world this week includ

Texas A&M Receives Approval to Fly SUAS Over Corpus Christi Campus

Texas A&M University Corpus Christi has been granted permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly its small UAS over the campus to map the grounds and infrastructure of the main Island University and the Momentum Campus.

AMP Builds UAS for Package Delivery

AMP Holding Inc., an electric drive systems manufacturer, announced that the company’s truck subsidiary has designed and successfully flown a battery-powered UAS, the HorseFly, for the package delivery market.

ISU Researchers, Partners Use UAS to Identify Crop Threats

Idaho State University is conducting research on how to use unmanned aerial vehicles to develop new methods on how to take care of crop threats in potato fields.

Kicks Off Student Competition to Create Intelligent Car

Valeo, an automotive supplier, will kick off the Valeo Innovation Challenge where engineering students from around the world will compete to win €100,000 grand prize.

AutonomouStuff, Carnegie Robotics Partner for Distribution Contract

AutonomouStuff has entered into a distribution and sales contract with Carnegie Robotics LLC.

SeeByte Introduces SeeTrack Military V4 software for UUVs

SeeByte, a Bluefin Robotics company, announced the launch of SeeTrack Military V4, a system with the ability to plan and monitor multiple missions at the same time from a single shared user interface.

Phoenix Uses UUV to Recover Spanish MOD Helicopter Wreckage

Phoenix International Holdings Inc. completed a search-and-recovery underwater mission for the Spanish Ministry of Defense to find a Super Puma helicopter that crashed into the sea on 19 March off the Canary Islands in 2,365 meters of seawater.

Deep Ocean’s Triggerfish ROV Finds Drowning Victim

A 21-year-old male’s body was located 25 feet below surface at Watauga Lake in Elizabethton, Tennessee, by Deep Ocean Engineering’s remotely operated vehicle on Memorial Day.

Weekend Roundup

A roundup of noteworthy news in the unmanned systems and robotics world this week includes...

UAS Bring Promise but Need Regulations to Flourish, Toscano Tells Aero Club

AUVSI President and CEO Michael Toscano addressed the Aero Club of Washington, D.C., on Friday, saying unmanned systems represent still-untapped potential that will be unleashed once regulations allow.

ING Robotic Aviation Conducts UAV operations for Canadian Military Exercise

ING Robotic Aviation is running ScanEagle operations for Exercise Maple Resolve, 5 May to 1 June at Wainwright Garrison, Alberta, in support of 4 Air Defense Regiment.

Northrop Grumman’s Global Hawk Sets New Record for Mission Hours

Northrop Grumman Corp.’s high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft system, U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk, set a new record for mission flight hours logging 665 hours for operational and exercise missions during the week of Feb. 23.

FAA Kicks Off UAS Center of Excellence Competition

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has officially launched its search for a Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems by holding a public meeting in Virginia and posting the draft solicitation on its website.

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Aurora, ESG Team up for Agreement on Germany UAS Operations

Aurora Flight Sciences Corp. of Manassas, Virginia and ESG Elektroniksystem-und Logistik GmbH of Fursetenfeldbruck, Germany announced at the ILA Berlin Air Show that they have entered into an agreement to work together on systems integrations with unmanned aerial systems in Germany.

GA-ASI, Schwarz to Integrate Voice Comms on Reapers

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. and Rhode and Schwarz, a communications systems manufacturing company, have signed a teaming agreement to incorporate air traffic control radios on Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper UAS for a future flight demonstration.

ASV, Clearpath Expand Companies with New Leadership Positions

Autonomous Surface Vehicles Ltd. and Clearpath Robotics have hired personnel for leadership positions as both companies are going through expansion.

Weekend Roundup

A roundup of noteworthy news in the unmanned systems and robotics world this week includes using a UAS to search for the 300 missing Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, a robot that can search for leaks in the Japanese nuclear plant, a robotic arm that can be used to clean up space junk and a...

Swarming UAS are the Future, Researcher Kumar Says

Small unmanned aircraft operating in swarms can be a boon in post-disaster or search-and-rescue operations, but the current state of technology poses some problems, said Vijay Kumar, the UPS Foundation Professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Keynote Speakers Plan Out, Predict the Future of Unmanned Systems

What do a technologist and a futurist have in common? Both believe there is a promising path ahead for unmanned systems, according to Wednesday morning’s keynote speakers at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems 2014 taking place this week in Orlando, Florida.

Lawmakers: FAA Goalposts to Shift, but FAA Should Move Faster

Congress will need to shift the integration goals for unmanned aircraft systems now that the Federal Aviation Administration isn’t going to meet them, but there are still things the agency can do now to relieve pent-up demand for commercial use.

Space Florida Demonstration Draws Crowds, FAA Ire

Nine companies demonstrated the commercial uses of small unmanned aircraft at Space Florida’s Unmanned Systems Demonstration, held at the Kennedy Space Center on 11 May, although Federal Aviation Administration restrictions on crowd size put a damper on the event.

Weekend Roundup

A roundup of noteworthy news in the unmanned systems and robotics world this week, including a robot to harvest mosquito saliva...

Northrop Grumman, Yamaha Team Up to Create Unmanned Helicopter

Northrop Grumman Corp. and Yamaha Motor Corp. have joined together to develop an unmanned helicopter, the Rotary Bat, which will be used for search-and-rescue missions, power line inspection and forest fire observation.

Embry-Riddle Offers Master’s Degree in Unmanned Systems

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide will offer a Master of Science in unmanned systems beginning this summer.

Children’s Hospital First to Use VGo Robot for Patients

New Jersey’s Children’s Specialized Hospital announced that it is the first pediatric rehabilitation hospital in the country to use a VGo robot as part of its new healthcare solution. The telepresence robot allows physicians to keep eyes on their patients at any time of the day without physically...

Northrop Grumman Conducts Fire Scout Flight Tests for U.S. Navy Ships

The Northrop Grumman MQ-Fire Scout unmanned helicopter will go through flight tests to demonstrate its ability to fly safely in the highly electromagnetic environment aboard U.S. Navy ships.

FAA Announces Second UAS Test Site Ready for Operation

The Federal Aviation Administration announced that the University of Alaska’s unmanned aircraft system test site is ready to operate and has granted a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA), which is effective for two years.

Weekend Roundup

A roundup of noteworthy news in the unmanned systems and robotics world this week includes...

Lockheed Martin Systems Hit R&D Milestones

Lockheed Martin announced three of their systems, the Indago vertical takeoff and landing quad-rotor, its handheld ground control station and a new commercial avionics suite are now ready for operation.

Camcopter Supports Maritime Vehicles in Demo

Austrian company Schiebel’s unmanned aircraft, the Camcopter S-100, successfully demonstrated its ability to support several sea vehicles in the North Sea in a demonstration for Dutch authorities in Den Helder, the Netherlands on 29 April.

Liquid Robotics, NOAA Sign Research Agreement for Atmospheric and Environmental Monitoring

Liquid Robotics and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced last week that they have signed a cooperative research and development agreement meant to improve ocean observations, U.S. weather forecasting, fisheries management and environmental monitoring using Liquid Robotics’...