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Fire Scout unmanned helicopter finishes first flight tests from LCS

Fire Scout unmanned helicopter finishes first flight tests from LCS

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July 9 (UPI) -- A MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter finished its Initial Operational Test and Evaluation from the littoral combat ship USS Coronado, U.S. Navy officials said. The crew of the Coronado and Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 1, or VX-1, conducted combat simulations to evaluate the Fire Scout on target identification, intelligence and surface warfare, the results of which will help the Navy decide how best to use the rotorcraft. "The results, lessons learned, and recommendations reported on following this underway test period are absolutely invaluable to the future of the MQ-8C Fire Scout's mission effectiveness and suitability to perform that mission," Lt. Cmdr. Seth Ervin, the lead for the VX-1 unit on Coronado, said in a press release. The VX-1 is the test unit for the F...
Redoine Faid: Paris helicopter prison break for gangster

Redoine Faid: Paris helicopter prison break for gangster

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A notorious gangster is on the run after escaping by helicopter from a prison in the Paris region.Redoine Faid was helped by three heavily-armed men with assault rifles.Two gunmen in balaclavas used smoke bombs and angle-grinders to break into the visitors' room where Faid was talking to his brother.A third man in the prison courtyard guarded the helicopter and its pilot - a flying instructor whom the men had taken hostage.The helicopter flew to the nearby Gonesse area, where it was found by local police.Faid, 46, has been serving a 25-year sentence for a failed robbery during which a police officer was killed.This is the armed robber's second prison break: in 2013, he escaped after seizing four guards as human shields and blowin...
Nasa will send helicopter to Mars to test otherworldly flight

Nasa will send helicopter to Mars to test otherworldly flight

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Nasa is sending a helicopter to Mars, in the first test of a heavier-than-air aircraft on another planet.The Mars Helicopter will be bundled with the US space agency's Mars rover when it launches in 2020.Its design team spent more than four years shrinking a working helicopter to "the size of a softball" and cutting its weight to 1.8kg (4lbs).It is specifically designed to fly in the atmosphere of Mars, which is 100 times thinner than Earth's.Nasa describes the helicopter as a "heavier-than-air" aircraft because the other type - sometimes called an aerostat - are balloons and blimps. Soviet scientists dropped two balloons into the atmosphere of Venus in the 1980s. No aircraft has ever taken off from...
FAA announces ban on 'doors-off' helicopter flights after fatal crash in N.Y.

FAA announces ban on 'doors-off' helicopter flights after fatal crash in N.Y.

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March 16 (UPI) -- The Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday it is no longer allowing 'doors-off' helicopter flights unless passenger safety harnesses can be quickly and easily unfastened in the event of an emergency.The announcement comes in the wake of the helicopter crash that killed five people last weekend.Engine trouble forced a New York City sightseeing helicopter owned and operated by Liberty Helicopters to land in the East River on Sunday evening. Though flotation devices were effectively deployed, they failed to keep the helicopter upright. The five passengers drowned after the aircraft tipped over into the frigid water.Helicopter pilot Richard Vance was able to free himself from his harness and escape the sinking helicopter.Doorless helicopters allow sightseers to take...
Helicopter crashes near earthquake epicentre

Helicopter crashes near earthquake epicentre

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Two people have been killed after a helicopter crashed while surveying the damage from a powerful earthquake in Mexico.The helicopter was carrying the Mexican interior minister Alfonso Navarrete and governor of the state of Oaxaca Alejandro Murat when it crashed on Friday night local time.They had been in a group of officials surveying damage from the earthquake, which hit the rural state and Mexico City on Friday evening.Mr Navarrete told the Televisa network: "I understand that there are people who have lost their lives."He said the helicopter pilot had lost control of the aircraft some 22 miles southwest of the quake's epicentre.The helicopter had been at a height of about 40m (130ft), he added.According to a Televisa reporter who had been on board, the helicopter had dropped after gene...