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Lockheed Martin receives $12.3 million to develop underwater drone

Lockheed Martin receives $12.3 million to develop underwater drone

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Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded Lockheed Martin with a $ 12.3 million contract for phase one of the the Manta Ray program. The contract funds research, development and demonstration of an extra-large underwater drone. According to DARPA, the purpose of the Manta Ray program is to create a new class of long duration, long range, payload-capable undersea drones -- underwater vessels that could operate without the need for logistic support or maintenance from human staff. More than half -- 52 percent -- of work on the contract will take place in West Palm Beach, Fla., with other work taking place in Cherry Hill, N.J., and a variety of locations in the U.S. This contract has an estimated completion date of January 2021. Research and development fund...
40 companies net up to $982.1 million for Navy’s drone vessel program

40 companies net up to $982.1 million for Navy’s drone vessel program

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Feb. 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy has awarded contracts to 40 companies received a contract, with a combined potential value of $ 982.1 million to support the Navy's Unmanned Surface Vehicle Family of Systems, according to the Pentagon. Unmanned surface vehicles are boats that operate on the surface of the water without a crew. Historically USVs have been used for minesweeping applications and a 2013 study recommended their use for observation and collection of information, military electronic warfare, defense against small boats, testing and training, search and rescue, and the support of other unmanned vehicles. In July the branch formally announced it was looking for proposals for a vessel up to 164 feet long, to function as a sensor and communications relay in part of a family of unmanne...
F-16 shoots down drone at Eglin AFB in cruise missile defense test

F-16 shoots down drone at Eglin AFB in cruise missile defense test

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Dec. 27 (UPI) -- An Air Force squadron shot down a subscale drone from an F-16 Fighting Falcon targeting pod in a cruise missile defense test, the Air Force announced. "This proof of concept can have implications for homeland defense missions, combined defense of the Arabian Gulf and beyond," Col. Ryan Messer, 53rd Wing Commander, said Thursday in a statement. "I am exceptionally proud of the efforts of the 85th TES and the units across the 53rd Wing that made this possible." According to the Air Force, on Dec. 19 the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida successfully shot down a subscale drone using an AGR-20A laser-guided rocket. The test represents an adaptation of the AGR-20A -- which was developed as a low-cost, low-collateral-damage air-to-ground weap...
Air parcel deliveries move step closer in drone trial

Air parcel deliveries move step closer in drone trial

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Pilotless drones are to be tested in the UK as part of a step towards making Amazon-type deliveries by air a reality.An official trial will involve an unmanned small aircraft tested beyond an operator's visual line of sight, something that is currently banned under normal aviation rules. A control room operator "will monitor semi autonomous drones being flown 50 miles away, initially carrying out inspections on construction sites" in an advanced evaluation in February, reports the Times.It comes after the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) published a guide aimed at making unmanned drone flights an "everyday occurrence".The CAA said potential benefits could include drone parcel deliveries, long-distance aerial surveys of infrastructure and construction, as well as surveying accident and crime ...
Drone users must now register and complete theory test

Drone users must now register and complete theory test

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Drone owners will have to register their device, complete an online theory test and pay a one-off £9 fee under new regulations that take effect across the UK from today.Anyone owning a drone that weighs more than 250g (8.8oz) will be legally required to register it and could face a £1,000 fine if they fail to do so and are caught flying it. The legislation is aimed at tackling drone misuse and the rising number of incidents that aviation authorities have had to deal with in recent years. There were 125 incidents last year and 87 reported so far in 2019.In a statement, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said: "UK drone laws are changing and it's vital that drone users - whether they fly regularly or not - are aware of how the drone registration scheme will affect them."