As the controversy regarding unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as unmanned aircraft systems or drones, for commercial use continues, the development of drones moves ahead unabated, with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently announcing its approval of six locations to carry out drone research, three of which are universities…
The most recent test flight of the Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base resulted in a new goal being reached in the process of developing the aircraft for use in 2013. The futuristic, somewhat UFO-shaped drone effectively retracted its landing gear, flying in cruise configuration, a new achievement for the engineers. This landmark test flight aided the engineers in validating the precision navigation software and hardware that will be used when the Northrop Grumman X-47B is required to land on the deck of a Navy aircraft carrier.
The aviation industry is developing in leaps and bounds, and has recently introduced a new innovative procedure that will add value to the future of aviation. A specialized printer has been used in various industries, such as in the design of machine components, parts for racing cars, and even medical implants, as it is able to print a 3D image of the specific item or object requested. Now this printer has been pushed to test its capabilities, and has proved to be successful in producing a 3D image of an unmanned aerial vehicle, which opens the doors to new horizons for aviation.
Taranis, the god of thunder in Celtic mythology, is depicted with a Jupiter wheel in one hand and a thunderbolt in the other. It is also the name of the latest project undertaken by the United Kingdom to improve their military capabilities and transform the face of military weaponry. The Taranis is an unmanned stealth aircraft that has been under construction for the last four years, and was recently unveiled to the world. Its unique design and state-of-the-art technology will change the dynamics of long range combat.
Unlike most of the military aircraft that Northrop Grumman designs and manufactures, the X-47A Pegasus was not built because of demand from the U.S. military. Instead, Northrop constructed the X-47A Pegasus at their own cost. Northrop wanted to prove that building prototypes of unmanned vehicles could be done cheaply and quickly without sacrificing quality. Northrop [...]
The name NASA is usually associated with space exploration, but it seems the association is aiming a little lower with its most recent project â€“ the purchase of two unmanned aircraft for use in long-duration, high-altitude Earth science missions. The association will also be paying Northrop Grumman plenty of money to keep the program up and running over the next five years.
Earlier this week NASA awarded a $12 million grant to two companies who are to study the impact that a variety of new aircraft have on the nationâ€™s air traffic control system. The two companies, Raytheon and Sensis, have each received $6 million contracts to conduct the necessary research.
For some time now Dassault Aviation has been taking part in the continuous pan-European nEUROn program by experimenting with autonomous flight. Now they finally look set to celebrate their first fully autonomous flight making use of the AVE-D technology demonstration airframe.
At first glance it resembles some sort of toy â€“ a sort of cross between an airboat and a paper jet â€“ yet the new VerticopterTM is certainly not just a fanciful plaything for children. This innovative new aircraft is the latest creation to be developed by Garrow Aircraft and it is almost ready for mainstream production.
Aurora Flight Sciences recently revealed the details of its new solar-powered airplane at the Boston Museum of Science. Called Odysseus, the radical new aircraft is not only unmanned, but it can stay aloft for up to five years. Aurora has been working in conjunction with its partners Sierra Nevada, Draper Laboratory and BAE Systems.