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General Atomics to upgrade radar on Reaper drones

General Atomics to upgrade radar on Reaper drones

Business
June 15 (UPI) -- General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has been awarded a contract by the Air Force for upgrades to radars on the MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft, the Pentagon announced this week. The contract, announced Thursday by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center and worth more than $ 22 million, comes under a firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded contract for production on the MQ-9 Reaper. Specifically, General Atomics will produce the upgraded Lynx Block 20A synthetic aperture radar for installation on the MQ-9 Block 5 version of the drone. Work on the contract will be done in Poway, Calif., and is expected to be finished by June 31, 2020. General Atomics has been obligated the full value of the contract at the time of award from fiscal 2016 aircraft procureme...
Drones over 250g must be registered with government

Drones over 250g must be registered with government

Technology
Drones weighing over 250g will have to be registered with the government as part of a new crackdown launched today. The new laws will also ban drones from flying above 400ft, less than 150ft from people or buildings or within 1,000 metres of airport boundaries.It follows several near misses with aircraft.People who flout the new rules could face an unlimited fine and up to five years in prison.Anyone who wants to use a drone will also have to take an online safety test under the new legislation, which has taken the CAA's Drone Code and put it into law from 30 May.Owners who fail to register their technology or sit the competency tests could be fined up to £1,000. Image: Drone pilots will have to sit a safety test under new rules. ...
Drones used to disrupt FBI hostage situation

Drones used to disrupt FBI hostage situation

Technology
Criminals used drones to disrupt the monitoring of a hostage situation, says the FBI.A top FBI official told a drone conference in Denver that criminals deliberately flew several small drones to block the rescue team's view of an unfolding situation.The drones caused the FBI to lose sight of the attacker."We were then blind," Joseph Mazel, the FBI's operational technology law unit chief, told the AUVSI drone conference.According to military news site Defense One, which attended the conference, the hostage situation occurred over the winter in the outskirts of a large US city.The FBI had set up an elevated observation post to monitor the hostage situation, and suddenly drones appeared, carrying out a series of "high-speed low passes at the agents in the observation post to flush them [out],...
Bots and drones may lead to cybercrime explosion

Bots and drones may lead to cybercrime explosion

Technology
The rapid development of drones and artificial intelligence is a "game-changer" that will present a serious threat to national security if it isn't addressed.The assessment, made by 26 experts from institutions including Cambridge and Oxford Universities, warns of the potential for malicious use of artificial intelligence (AI) by rogue states, criminals, and terrorists.The panel forecast a rapid growth in cybercrime and the misuse of drones during the next decade - as well an unprecedented rise in the use of 'bots' to manipulate everything from elections to the news agenda and social media.Image:Computers could be used to mimic people’s voices and hack into personal dataThe report warns that computers could be used to mimic people's voices and hack into personal data, fleets of autonomous
Drones, solar and apps: It's not your father's sector rotation anymore

Drones, solar and apps: It's not your father's sector rotation anymore

Finance
Many individual investors fail to manage their equity portfolios with an awareness of "sector rotation" — ups and downs in different sectors' performance, stemming from changing economic conditions and inevitable shifts in market favor.Historically, determining which sectors were likely to do well at a given time was basically a function of the economy. Different sectors tended to perform well at different points in the economic growth cycle, from recession to expansion and then back down again, affected variously by such factors as commodity prices, the broad state of corporate earnings, interest-rate shifts and consumer confidence.Some of this wisdom may still apply, but things are much different now, especially regarding consumer sectors. As relentless technological advances change cons