domingo, 31 de diciembre de 2017

Innovative developments in the human-machine teaming

Innovative development in the human-machine teaming would enhance the abilities of the US Armed Forces: Project Maven focuses on helping U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) intelligence analysts identify objects in video from small ScanEagle UAVs.

"We hope will become a lot of time back over time, rather than just having to stay glued to the video screen,” said Air Force Lt. Gen. John N.T. “Jack” Shanahan, director for defense intelligence for warfighter support“We are setting the stage for a future of human-machine teaming”.

Shanahan believes the concept will revolutionize the way the military fights: “This is not machines taking over,” he said. “This is not a technological solution to a technological problem. It’s an operational solution to an operational problem.”

The Indian Army is interested in purchasing advanced UAS

The Indian army is interested in purchasing advanced UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) to strengthen its Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities and improve the effectiveness of its military operations.

More specifically, the army is waiting for vendors to respond to a Request For Information (RFI) for 60 short-range UAVs that can operate for 10 hours at 15.000 feet, and 120 HALE (High Altitude and Long Endurance) UAVs that can operate for 30 hours at 60.000 feet.

The Indian army’s existing unmanned systems’ fleet comprises Heron MALE (Medium Altitude and Long Endurance) UAVs, and the smaller Searcher Mark II tactical UAVs, both built by IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries).

Oxford University researchers to develop a "Falcon" UAV

Next-generation UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) built to track and hunt other UAVs, might be designed using hunting principles used by one of nature’s most capable predators: Researchers at Oxford University have discovered that peregrine falcons steer their attacks using the same control strategies as guided missiles.

The research results could be applied to the design of small, visually guided UAVs that can take down other ‘rogue’ UAVs in settings such as airports or prisons: Recent publicity has revealed the growing problem of UAVs flying drugs and mobile phones into prisons, and of UAVs being flown in the vicinity of airports.

The research was initially funded by the US Air Force Research Laboratory and published open access in the journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)The researchers collected on-board video giving a falcon’s-eye view of the attacks and used this to back up their conclusions. Remarkably, they found that the terminal attack trajectories of peregrines follow the same law –known as PN (Proportional Navigation)– used by visually guided missiles, but with a tuning appropriate to their lower flight speed.

This method does not require any information on a target’s speed or distance, instead relying simply on information about the rotation of the attacker’s line of sight to the target. The researchers conclude that proportional navigation guidance optimised for low flight speeds could find use in small, visually guided UAVs designed to remove other UAVs from protected airspace. The researchers used miniature Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers to track peregrines attacking dummy targets thrown by a falconer or towed by a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) and were able to apply a mathematical simulation to these movements describing the dynamics of the guidance system used in intercepting the dummy prey.

ISIS, tunnels, and cheap UAVs

ISIS’s use of tunnels has evolved as a mean to launch sneak attacks and collect intelligence with cheap UAVs“In all of the areas that I have visited, ISIS dug a complicated network of tunnels. And so what they’re able to do is they retreat inside the tunnels. And then from there, they’re able to send a drone up into the air. So they’re completely protected and unseen from our surveillance.” Says Rukmini Callimachi, who covers ISIS for the New York Times.

Natilus to Disrupt Freight Market

An US startup named Natilus is now testing a new seaplane concept that could evolve into huge cargo UAVs that fly freight across the Pacific, touch down autonomously over water, and unload at ports around the world. These early remote-controlled flight tests could lead to semiautonomous and then fully autonomous flights in which the UAV autopilot navigates over a route of waypoints set by a human controller.

By removing human pilots, Natilus wants to create a streamlined aircraft with just a single engine and more room for jet fuel or cargo. One potential market for cargo UAVs could be in servicing midsize cities in regions such as China and Africa that lack major airport infrastructure but want to ship goods to international markets.

Russia: Heavy Turbojet UAV Able to Fly at 950 KM/H

A heavy turbojet UAV under development by Russian designers will be able to fly at least twice as fast as its propeller-driven analogues, said a source in the defense-industrial complex.

The preliminary contract to design the new-generation UAV was granted to the SDB (Simonov Design Bureau) in Kazan. The SDB is currently working on the Altair heavy UAV developed as part of the Altius Project.

It is a medium-altitude craft with an extended flight range of up to 48 hours. The UAV will have a takeoff weight of around 5 tons and a maximum speed of up to 950 km/h.

“Even though this is only a preliminary project we are talking about, with sufficient financing the designers would be able to land an additional contract to bring their work up to a new level,” Denis Fedutinov, a leading expert in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles, told RIA.

He added that while the Altair drone brings to mind the US-made Reaper, the new UAV could be compared with the Avenger unmanned combat air vehicle built by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems for the US military.

sábado, 30 de diciembre de 2017

Drone Delivery Canada Achieves Compliant Status for the X1000 Sparrow

A Compliant UAS is the first of three regulatory components to the Transport Canada Compliant UAS Operator program, and mandatory for a Compliant UAS Operator Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC).

This milestone allows DDC (Drone Delivery Canada) to move forward to becoming a Compliant UAS Operator with the anticipation for the balance of the other two of three approvals to follow.

DDC has submitted the required documentation and is confident of its approval in the remaining steps: “Achieving Compliant UAV Status is the first of three very critical steps in DDC achieving its Compliant Operator Status Certificate. We anticipate obtaining the balance of the approvals in early Q1 2018,” commented Tony Di Benedetto, CEO. “We are very thankful to the efforts of the Canadian Government and Transport Canada in creating a favourable environment to grow innovative technology and position Canada as a leader in commercial drone delivery technology on a global scale.”

Achieving Compliant UAS Operator status is also the first requirement for being permitted to conduct Beyond Visual Line-of-Sight (BVLOS) operations. This achievement will allow DDC to conduct safe and effective drone deliveries in Canada.

US Navy Budgets $37M for C-UAS in 2018

The bulk of the request, or $29.7 million, would fund the JCREW (Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare) project. JCREW enhanced performance is required to compete with the evolving C-UAS threat, the service writes in an updated budget justification requirements book.

Advanced Aircraft Hybrid Successful US Navy Trials

On November 28th and 29th, Advanced Aircraft Company conducted a flight demonstration of its HARM (Hybrid Advanced Multi-Rotor) on the US Navy’s M80 Stiletto, based in Little Creek, VA.

The HAMR UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) is a vertical takeoff and landing multi-rotor that has a greatly increased range and endurance relative to today’s battery powered multi-rotors.

The HAMR launched and recovered aboard the M80 Stiletto with zero support equipment. It simply launched and recovered under its own power from the open deck space.

The HAMR spans the gap between the Group 1 (hand launched) and the Group 2 (catapult launched) UAS. The HAMR can fly longer and carry larger payloads than today’s Group 1 UAS, but avoids the logistical burden of the Group 2 size UAS because of its dramatically smaller footprint. The entire HAMR system fits inside one case which is small enough to fit inside a small hatchback car. The HAMR UAS is targeted for commercial users and the military.

Insitu Gets $23M US Navy ScanEagle Contract

Insitu Inc., Bingen, Washington, is being awarded $22,728,810 for modification P00030 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-13-D-0016).  

No funds will be obligated at the time of award.  Funding will be obligated on individual task orders as they are issued.  The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

This modification provides for additional field service representatives, training and program management services for the ScanEagle Unmanned Aviation System in support of Navy Special Warfare fleet operations.  Work will be performed in Bagram, Afghanistan (83 percent); and Bingen, Washington (27 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2018.

Three more Tritons for the US Navy

In November, Northrop Grumman delivered the first operational MQ-4C Triton aircraft to the U.S. Navy facility at Point MuguNow, Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Northrop Grumman a contract to acquire an initial production of three MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial aircrafts, included in a plan to purchase 68 Tritons to modernize the Navy's UAV fleet.

The MQ-4C Triton is a derivative of the RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance unmanned aerial vehicle. The Navy plans to use the Triton alongside the P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft as the Navy's primary long-range aerial intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platform. The terms of the deal, announced Thursday by the Department of Defense, come under a $255.3 million a fixed-price-incentive contract, which is a modification to a previously awarded contract.

The Triton has a range of over 9,000 miles and can hover for up to 24 hours before needing to refuel. Triton is designed as a sensor platform for high-altitude, long-endurance surveillance missions over ocean and coastal areas, deploying its maritime radar, electro-optical and infrared cameras, communications relays and electronic support measures systems.

jueves, 28 de diciembre de 2017

Azerbaijan: Armenia’s UAV downed

On December 25 in the afternoon, an Armenian Air Force's UAV was downed by the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan when attempting to carry out an ISR mission over their positions.

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IAI to restructure

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has announced the retirement of its president and chief executive Joseph Weiss and the approval of plans to merge its aircraft interests into a single aviation group.

The state-owned group said on 28 December that Weiss, who has led the group for six years and held various positions within it for 20 years, would retire once a successor is found, adding that Weiss would remain “as long as necessary to ensure an smooth transition”.

martes, 26 de diciembre de 2017

Spain: New regulatory framework

Interview with the Madrid company Alpha Unmanned Systems that coincides with the publication of the approval of a new regulatory framework for drone activity in Spain.

Manufacturers of the Alpha 800, platform with 2.5 hours of endurance, 3 kg of payload capacity and 30 km of range with streaming video.

lunes, 25 de diciembre de 2017


BAE Systems and The University of Manchester have developed and tested a unique UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) designed to test an innovative flight control technology that could enable future aircraft to maneuver without the use of control surfaces such as ailerons, flaps or tails.

Instead, supersonic air streams are blown from the jet engine over the trailing edge and nozzle to control the flight. These new control methods remove the conventional need for complex, mechanical moving parts used to move flaps to control the aircraft during flight.

According to the developers, this could give greater control as well as reduce weight and maintenance costs, allowing for lighter, stealthier, faster and more efficient military and civil aircraft in the future. To test the new concept the team developed the MAGMA, a small jet-powered UAV that will use a unique blown-air system to maneuver the aircraft.

Further flight trials are planned for the coming months to demonstrate the novel flight control technologies with the ultimate aim of flying the aircraft without any moving control surfaces or fins. If successful, the tests will demonstrate the first ever use of such circulation control in flight on a gas turbine aircraft and from a single engine, paving the way for future, stealthier aircraft designs.

U.S. to Supply Lebanon with six ScanEagle UAVs

Lebanon will soon receive military hardware and support worth $120 million from the US Department of Defense under the DoD “Building Partner Capacity” program.

During a visit in Lebanon, the commander of US Central Command, General Joseph Votel announced a planned transfer of six MD 530G light attack helicopters and six ScanEagle UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) along with communications equipment, electronics equipment, night vision devices, and training.

The U.S. has provided more than $1 billion in military assistance to Lebanon since 2006. According to the US Defense Security agency, in past years the Pentagon transferred to Lebanon six A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircrafts, two were delivered in October and four will follow next year. UH-1H Huey helicopters, Hellfire and TOW-2A missiles.

Bangladesh: RFP for MALE UAV

“BAF has identified the need of UAVs for ISR to meet future challenges and to fulfill the requirement of the Forces Goal 2030,” the BAF (Bangladesh Air Force) stated, adding, “Suitable UAV was an outstanding requirement since the advancement of defense technology and its future implication in BAF.”

In its Request For Proposals (RFP), the BAF is requiring the UAV to have a minimum cruise speed of at least 140 km/h and a loiter speed capped at 140 km/h (or lower). Also, The UAV must have a maximum speed of 200 km/h or more and a flight ceiling of approximately 6.000 m, if not higher.

In terms of the communication data-link between the GCS (Ground Control Station) and UAV, the BAF is requiring that the data-link have a minimum range of 200 km. The bidder must also include available Electro-Optical and infrared (EO/IR), SAR/GMTI (Synthetic Aperture Radar with Ground-Moving Target-Indication and precision-guided air-to-surface munitions (i.e. air-to-ground missile and precision-guided bomb).

TAI (Turkish Aerospace Industries) can offer the Anka, which has a payload of 200 kg, service ceiling of 9.000 m and endurance of 24 hours. TAI can also include Aselsan and Roketsan sensors and air-to-surface munitions, respectively, providing a complete package to the BAF.

Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) can offer several options, such as the CASC (China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation) CH-4 and the CAIG (Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group) Wing Loong II. The CH-4 and Wing Loong II have a payload of 345 kg and 400 kg, respectively, and endurance of 40 hours and 32 hours, respectively. AVIC can also leverage a portfolio of precision-guided air-to-ground weapons and EO/IR and SAR/GMTI equipment. CASC has also begun marketing the CH-5, its largest MALE UAV with a payload of 1.200 kg and endurance of 60 hours.

The specified UAV will provide the BAF the ability to form a persistent ISR coverage net with time-sensitive targeting and targeted-strike capabilities. It could provide an important boost for its border control and asymmetrical operations efforts without having to commit costlier platforms, such as fighter aircraft.

Belarus creates anti-UAV regiment

The Belarussian armed forces have created an anti-UAV regiment armed with the latest variant of Russian Tor-M2 system, Belarussian Air Force and Air Defense Commander Igor Golub said.

This variant of Tor-M2, able to engage a target at the range from 1.000 to 12.000 m and to an altitude from 10 to 10.000 m, features improved fire control radar coverage, and four guidance channels, allowing up to four missiles to be guided at any one time.

The system is specially designed to attack UAVs, as well as aircrafts, helicopters, guided missiles and other components of high precision weapons flying at medium, low and extremely low altitudes in adverse air and jamming environment.

Hensoldt Xpeller: New counter-UAV system

A new counter-UAV system by German sensor maker Hensoldt has been successfully demonstrated at an airfield in Hamburg-Finkenwerder, Germany.

The counter-UAV system (for protecting airports and infrastructure) is the Xpeller, which combines camera, direction finders, radar, radio frequency detectors, optical sensors and a targeted jammer.

Xpeller uses sensors to detect and identify a UAV as far as several miles away. Then, a jammer -using real-time signal analysis- interrupts the link between the UAV and its pilot, or interferes with the UAV's navigation system.

Japan would acquire one RQ-4B Global Hawk

In the defense plan 2018 , Japan would acquire one RQ-4B Global Hawk UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) in order to enhance persistent wide-area surveillance capability and to ensure security of seas and airspace surrounding Japan.

viernes, 22 de diciembre de 2017

Metal Plating UAV 3D-printed parts

Currently, Polymertalglobal leader in metal plating solutions– together with a large Israeli defense company, are testing a unique large metal-plated 3D-printed part.

¿Why, and why now? Very simple: In recent years, more engineering-grade materials have become available for use with plastic 3D printers and these offer a good solution for metal replacement applications, including end-use parts.  ¿What if you could combine the advantages of plastic and metal together?

In the coming weeks the 3D-printed version of that end-use part will be assembled and tested on an UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle). Success in testing would mean the defense company has a new option of performing a fully functional test of such parts which allows for faster design and testing cycles.

Metal-plating could enable the introduction of cost-effective hybrid UAV plastic parts with the following properties provided by the metal layer:

1) EMI/RFI Shielding

2) Electrical Conductivity (Plastic antennas, Wave-Guide)

3) Barrier Characteristics (offering protection from humidity, chemicals, fumes…)

4) Enhancing Mechanical Properties – over the original plastic parts design flexibility

5) ESD Protection

Metal plating is a method of depositing a thin layer of metal, usually Copper or Nickel, on an object made of a different material. This is done in order to improve one or more of the object’s properties, for example strength; thermal or electrical conductivity; chemical or heat resistance. ¿The result? a hybrid product and a new set of potential solutions for metal replacement applications.

Firefly: The 3D Printed Titanium Mach 0.8 UAV

Additive Manufacturing gives manufacturers the power to create parts that cannot be built cost-effectively with other processes.

In this video, Mark Kirby, manager of Additive Manufacturing at Renishaw Canada, shows off a special project for a North American aerospace customer: the Firefly, a 3D printed titanium rocket-powered UAV that can fly at nearly supersonic speeds, with onboard telemetry and a spring-released wing.

US Army and Marines Team for 3-D Printed UAVs

Additive manufacturing, also known as 3-D Printing, is maturing as a viable means to produce mission-essential UAVs at the point of need. Now, U.S. Army researchers are working with the U.S. Marines to develop 3-D printed UAVs.

This is theme of a new YouTube documentary released by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. The video details how researchers first envisioned on-demand printing with a suite of tools that would allow for Soldiers to enter mission parameters and then get a 3-D printed aviation asset within 24 hours. 

Micro-UAVs 4.0 for Warfare 4.0

It’s hard to believe how far we’ve gone: Now the AI (Artificial Intelligence) does all of the work thanks to accurate, fast, small and unstoppable micro-UAVs:

China three year nationwide AI action plan: Smart UAVs

All levels of China’s government and all Chinese industries will work together on a three year AI (Artificial Intelligence) action plan, focused -among other smart things- on smart UAVs able to perform intelligent obstacle avoidance, automatic cruise, autonomous flight for complex environment, group work and other key abilities. The 12 page document is quite specific and can be found through this link:

jueves, 14 de diciembre de 2017

UAVs 4.0: ¿Making war easier?

The world is becoming saturated with UAVs, and the technology that underpins these systems is only expected to become more sophisticated.

Next-generation UAV technology (UAVs 4.0) now in development includes: 
  • Additive manufacturing for bulk production
  • Advanced materials for enhanced stealth and smaller size
  • Energy storage, solar powered systems and satellite-based communications
  • Automation, artificial intelligence and machine learning
Advances in AI (Artificial Intelligence) and machine learning could lead to small UAVs that communicate with each other as a cognitive hive mind with the capability to swarm targets, leaving kinetic air defenses with too many targets to engage.

At the same time, advances in nanotechnology could lead to UAVs that mimic birds or insects, such as the Black Hornet, which could be capable of stealthy, close-quarter audio, video and possibly even DNA-sample intelligence collection. More disruptively, these nano-UAVs could engage in highly targeted killings through the injection of poison or self-destruction.

Both software and hardware are at the core of UAVs 4.0 but the physical limitations inherent in hardware do not apply to software, which is more diffuse and rapidly adaptable: Programming UAVs to remain on a “leash,” following warfighters wherever they go, or with the ability to loiter over a designated area and automatically find, fix and engage threats on their own, has tactical implications for war, particularly in the urban battlefield of the future replete with infrastructure that provides concealment for enemy forces.

Last but not least: The introduction of armed UAVs permanently altered the modern battlefield, and new technological advances in UAV technology (UAV 4.0) could do it again: from advanced materials that allow UAVs to fly, roll, run or swim in less forgiving environments, to thinking software than makes them more independent, to stealth technology that renders them even less visible. On the positive side, the intelligence that UAVs provide helps focus lethality on the intended target and limit the risk of civilian casualties and friendly fire incidents. But on the negative side, non-state actors will be able to employ them as well, giving insurgents or terrorists an outsized advantage: “While small drones can be a hazard domestically, their threat to the warfighter is growing as well. Footage of weaponized drones being used by ISIS provides a disturbing glimpse into the group’s Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs), and the future of asymmetric warfare. We have seen ISIS-controlled drones drop precision bombs on compounds, destroy armor and kill soldiers. And as dangerous as they are now, the lethality of drones will only increase as other nations and non-state actors refine their technology and TTPs.” (Deborah Lee James, former Secretary of the U.S. Air Force)

¿New Hope for Mountain Rescues?

A student team at the prestigious University of Warwick School of Engineering in Coventry, England, has designed an UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) with the ability to deliver immediate aid and equipment to people in trouble, before a rescue team arrives.

The project’s design lead, Ed Barlow (who has since graduated), knew he had a large-format 3D printer at his disposal. And that meant the team could design and manufacture something different than existing UAVs for aid and supply drops, such as the drones US startup Zipline uses to deliver blood and plasma to Rwandan hospitals: “They all use an airframe that you can go and buy from a shop,” Barlow says. “We needed our own custom airframe, made specifically for long-distance flight with a heavy payload.”

Warwick Associate Professor of Engineering Simon Leigh, who specializes in Additive Manufacturing, guided Barlow’s team during the project. He knew they would 3D-print reusable molds of the UAV body parts and then use them to resin-infuse strong-yet-light carbon fiber to create the finished product. Leigh says it took about one month of continuous 3D printing to finish the molds. After that, infusing the carbon fiber proved a challenge, as well: “We used liquid-resin infusion, which is under the vacuum,” Barlow says. “You apply a vacuum to your carbon fiber on the mold, and then you inject resin into it under the vacuum. That’s generally done on a much bigger scale, with much easier geometric parts than we were using, so we had to invent a lot of really cool tools to do it.”

lunes, 11 de diciembre de 2017

Rapid Manufacturing Helps Lockheed Martin UAV Take Flight

To get its new Indago quadcopter off the ground and into a soaring market for commercial UAVs, Lockheed Martin turned to ProtoLabs for its rapid prototyping and on-demand production capabilities.

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RADM John Polowczyk, Vice Director, J4, Joint Staff
MG Edward Dorman, USA, Director, J4 Logistics & Engineering, USCENTCOM
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Dr. Jeremy Straub, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, College of Science and Mathematics, North Dakota State University
Jeffrey Schrader, Chief Financial Officer, Guardtime
Keith Stouffer, Project Leader, Cybersecurity for Smart Manufacturing Systems Engineering Lab, NIST


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miércoles, 8 de noviembre de 2017

General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper 3D model

The General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper (sometimes called Predator B) is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) capable of remotely controlled or autonomous flight operations, developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) primarily for the United States Air Force (USAF).

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GA-ASI selects GKN to create fuel bladders for MQ-9B

GKN Aerospace has signed a development agreement with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) covering the design, development and manufacture of fuel bladders for the MQ-9B Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) system.

GKN Aerospace develops, builds and supplies an extensive range of advanced aerospace systems and components made by Additive Manufacturing (AM) and other innovative manufacturing technologies focused to reduce weight on the aircrafts.

GKN Aerospace will work in conjunction with GA-ASI to design and manufacture the fuel bladders at the GKN Aerospace facility in Tallassee, AlabamaStefan Svenson, vice president of GKN Aerospace Special Products Group said: “We look forward to working with GA-ASI to provide a vital fuel system solution for this long-endurance Predator B platform variant. We have been supplying fuel systems for many decades and for many airframe platforms and MQ-9B fully exploits all our recent advances in both manufacturing and materials technologies.”

The agreement covers the fuel bladder system for the first production aircraft slated for 2018, with a potential full contract value of USD 15M when the aircraft enters into service with NATO’s UAV AIRWORTHINESS REQUIREMENTS (defined in STANAG 4671). MQ-9B is a "Type-Certifiable" version of GA-ASI’s Predator® B product line. The target is to create fuel bladders in complex shapes that fully exploit all available space on the MQ-9B airframe, maximizing the fuel load capacity and platform endurance.